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Coronavirus could push some airlines out of business – BA warns

The holding company of British Airways (BA) warned on Friday that the growing impact of the new coronavirus outbreak on international air travel could force some troubled airlines out of business. The global impact of the virus is likely to be severe enough to push some airlines over the edge, Willie Walsh, the chief executive of International Consolidated Airline Group …

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ITB Berlin: World’s biggest tourism fair cancelled over coronavirus

After days of uncertainties over the rapidly spreading coronavirus, the organisers of the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) Berlin has cancelled the event, which was to hold from 4-8 March. “With more than 10,000 exhibitors from over 180 countries ITB Berlin is extremely important for the world’s tourism industry. We take our responsibility for the health and safety of our visitors, …

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World’s leading travel trade fair holds in Berlin

The International Tourism Bourse (ITB) Berlin will hold from Wednesday to Sunday, 4 to 8 March, on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds ICC. ITB is the world’s leading travel trade show. Last year, the event attracted a total of 10,000 exhibitors from 181 countries and 160,000 visitors. Countries, cities and regions, tour operators, airlines, online booking portals and hotels, and many …

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African airlines recorded world’s highest demand increase in 2019 – IATA

Airlines across Africa recorded a five per cent demand increase in 2019, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has said. According to IATA, the airlines recorded a capacity increase of 4.5 per cent while load factor went up by 0.3 percentage point to 71.3 per cent. The association stated in its full-year global passenger traffic results for 2019 that Africa …

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Lagos airport tightens security as it records higher passenger traffic

The Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos handled 187.49 million kg of cargo and 7.319 million passengers last year, figures obtained by the national newspaper PUNCH from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria have shown. The Manager, South-West Airports, FAAN, Mrs Victoria Shina-Aba, who reportedly gave the figures, said the MMIA witnessed increased growth in passenger, cargo and aircraft movement in …

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Brussels Airlines launches new Premium Economy Class to sub-Saharan destinations

Brussels Airlines gradually introduces its brand new Premium Economy class on its African routes. With 84 weekly flights and 17 destinations in sub-Saharan Africa, the African continent remains Brussels Airlines’ most important market. Improved offer on African routes In 2019, the Belgian carrier announced the retrofitting of its fleet with the concept of a Boutique Hotel above the clouds. On …

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Don’t come to airport with friends and relatives when travelling – FAAN

To reduce the crowds at its airports and enhance the security and comfort of passengers, the government has issued a directive calling on both private and official travellers not to bring friends, relatives and staff to the airport The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced that no individual or government agency will henceforth be allowed to escort passengers …

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Nigeria spares Turkish Airlines from suspension, warns all foreign airlines

Turkish Airlines will not have their operating licence suspended by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) as earlier speculated, but they have been warned to improve on their services. Aviation minister has also sounded a note of warning to all other airlines operating in Nigeria. The Acting Director-General of the NCAA, Abdullahi Sidi who confirmed this to Channels Television said …

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Visa on arrival for all Africans entering Nigeria from January 2020

Nigeria will issue visas on arrival to all African passport holders effective January 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari has announced. His tweet of the move on Thursday confirmed an earlier tweet on Wednesday by Somalia’s Foreign Affairs Minister. Ambassador Ahmed Awad wrote: “I wish to profoundly commend President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria who just announced at the Aswan Forum complete visa …

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New Berlin airport to finally open next October

Germany’s long-delayed Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) is set to finally be operational on October 31, 2020, nine years after it was supposed to open, reports Elizabeth Schumacher. Berlin’s long-delayed airport has a new opening date, operators announced on Friday (28 November), following a series of scandals involving corruption and shoddy design. The problem-plagued project has become something of a laughing stock …

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Africans will travel more within Africa if able to move more freely – new study

Africans would be more willing to travel if they were able to move freely within the continent, and if travel pain-points were addressed, a new study has revealed. Spending among African travellers could increase by 27 percent over the next year if they were able to move more freely within the continent, new research from Sabre Corporation, presented on Tuesday …

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