IATA appoints Frederic Leger as SVP for Commercial Products and Services

SWITZERLAND – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has appointed Frederic Leger as the association’s Senior Vice President for Commercial Products and Services. Leger served in the role on an ad interim basis since July 2021, when IATA’s Commercial Products and Services Division was created as part of an internal restructuring. He reports to Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director-General. Leger holds…

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Delta Airlines resumes Atlanta-Johannesburg operations

SOUTH AFRICA – Delta Airlines has announced the resumption of its direct flight from Johannesburg to Atlanta, US, bringing relief to international travelers in spite of the doubts about the benefits to South Africa’s aviation industry. Delta said in a statement that it would resume the non-stop service between Atlanta and Joburg on August 1 to all pre-Covid Africa markets,…

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Aviation traffic in Africa sank 73.7% in March 2021 – IATA

AFRICA – The International Air Traffic Association (IATA) has announced that passenger traffic fell in March 2021 compared to pre-COVID 19 levels in March 2019 but rose compared to the immediate month prior to February 2021. The comparisons were done that way because between 2021 and 2020, monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted…

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Ethiopian Airlines becomes the first African airline to trial IATA travel pass

ETHIOPIA – Africa’s most profitable airline, Ethiopian Airlines Group, has become the first African airline to conduct trial of IATA Travel Pass, a digital travel mobile app to enhance efficiency in testing or vaccine verifications. As air travel restarts, travellers need accurate COVID-19-related information like testing and vaccine requirements which vary among countries and the IATA Travel Pass initiative helps…

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RwandAir set to be the first African airline to trial IATA Travel Pass

RWANDA – RwandAir, one of the fastest growing airlines, will become the first African airline to trial International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass to enable safe and seamless international travel. The airline will begin a three-week trial in April for customers travelling between Kigali and Nairobi, Kenya. IATA Travel Pass is a digital platform to help passengers easily and…

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Kenya Airways to receive US$91.4m bailout from the government

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ), has received US$91.4 million from the Kenyan government as part of efforts to prop up the carrier after the Covid-19 pandemic grounded airlines globally. The airline, which is 48.9% owned by the government with Air France-KLM holding a small stake, secured US$71.3 million from Kenya’s National Treasury and US$18.3 million from the ministry…

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African airlines record 1.7% decline in freight demand in November – IATA

AFRICA – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets in November showing that freight volumes improved compared to October but remain depressed compared to 2019 with capacity remaining constrained from the loss of available belly cargo space as passenger aircraft remain parked. African airlines saw international demand fall by 1.7% year-on-year in November,…

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AFRAA appoints Raphael Kuuchi new director for government, legal and industry affairs

AFRICA – The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has appointed Raphael Kuuchi as director government, legal and industry affairs in a consulting capacity which became effective January 1, 2021. Kuuchi joins AFRAA from IATA where he served as the Association’s Special Envoy to Africa on Aero-Political Affairs for 2 years and IATA Vice President – Africa for four years. He led…

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IATA freezes Kenya’s budget airline Fly540 e-ticket booking

KENYA – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has suspended Nairobi based low-cost carrier Fly540 from using its automated ticketing system due to undisclosed reasons. In a letter announcing the suspension, IATA indicated that the airline breached its Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) rules under Resolution 850 and has ordered all travel agents to cease issuing tickets and receiving payments…

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African Airlines to lose US$3.7b in 2020 and 2021 – IATA

AFRICA – International Air Transport Association (IATA) has projected that African airlines will lose approximately US$3.7 billion between this year and 2021, with global losses projected to hit US$157 billion. According to the aviation body, the bulk of African losses of about US$2 billion will be registered in 2020, and another US$1.7 billion next year. IATA said that globally, the aviation…

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