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African Aviation Thread 2018

Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:50 pm

Rare 2017 (2016) statistics of Bujumbura Airport - BJM (Burundi):

Arriving passengers: 131 476, (105 886).
Departing passengers: 77 140, (75 494).
Aircraft movements: 4930, (4 181).

Despite KQ reducing frequencies there at the end of October in favour to Mauritius and Seychelles, it's nice to see that traffic is picking up again after the 2015 political crisis!

A/c movements: http://iwacu-burundi.org/opendata/en/io ... a-airport/
A/D pax: http://iwacu-burundi.org/opendata/iod-b ... bujumbura/
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Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:53 pm

Just over a month before KQ starts it’s direct flights to NYC.

Anyone have any idea why A4O-SY was ferried to BHX? Repainting prior to return to KQ?
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Re: African Aviation Thread

Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:08 pm

eastafspot wrote:
Rare 2017 (2016) statistics of Bujumbura Airport - BJM (Burundi):

Arriving passengers: 131 476, (105 886).
Departing passengers: 77 140, (75 494).
Aircraft movements: 4930, (4 181).

Despite KQ reducing frequencies there at the end of October in favour to Mauritius and Seychelles, it's nice to see that traffic is picking up again after the 2015 political crisis!

A/c movements: http://iwacu-burundi.org/opendata/en/io ... a-airport/
A/D pax: http://iwacu-burundi.org/opendata/iod-b ... bujumbura/


How are KQ flights to Mauritius doing? I know it's been only 3 months since the launch of this new service, but still Kenya Airways is adding one more flight to Mauritius as from October. Is it that traffic to Mauritius from New York is greater than expected?? However, traffic from Africa to Mauritius also has a great share of the passengers between NBO and MRU since Mauritius is poorly continent to the continent in which it is found!
Newcomers are having some good time in MRU as KQ is finding the flow adequate for an additional flight while Saudia is enjoying high load factor 1 year after the launch of its first flight, since tourist arrivals from Saudi Arabia reach 3700 in August this year, up from just 700 last year. Average monthly capacity is 3850 and since the majority of the tourists from the country flew on direct flights and the Hajj passengers from Mauritius also travelling on Saudia, it implies that the airline would be having a load factor above 90% for the month of August, and same was for July with 4000 tourists to Mauritius.
 
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Re: African Aviation Thread

Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:26 pm

3BNBE wrote:
eastafspot wrote:
Rare 2017 (2016) statistics of Bujumbura Airport - BJM (Burundi):

Arriving passengers: 131 476, (105 886).
Departing passengers: 77 140, (75 494).
Aircraft movements: 4930, (4 181).

Despite KQ reducing frequencies there at the end of October in favour to Mauritius and Seychelles, it's nice to see that traffic is picking up again after the 2015 political crisis!

A/c movements: http://iwacu-burundi.org/opendata/en/io ... a-airport/
A/D pax: http://iwacu-burundi.org/opendata/iod-b ... bujumbura/


How are KQ flights to Mauritius doing? I know it's been only 3 months since the launch of this new service, but still Kenya Airways is adding one more flight to Mauritius as from October. Is it that traffic to Mauritius from New York is greater than expected?? However, traffic from Africa to Mauritius also has a great share of the passengers between NBO and MRU since Mauritius is poorly continent to the continent in which it is found!
Newcomers are having some good time in MRU as KQ is finding the flow adequate for an additional flight while Saudia is enjoying high load factor 1 year after the launch of its first flight, since tourist arrivals from Saudi Arabia reach 3700 in August this year, up from just 700 last year. Average monthly capacity is 3850 and since the majority of the tourists from the country flew on direct flights and the Hajj passengers from Mauritius also travelling on Saudia, it implies that the airline would be having a load factor above 90% for the month of August, and same was for July with 4000 tourists to Mauritius.


KQ will also connect well Europe to MRU during the (northern hemisphere) winter season!
So in one year MRU will welcome SV, KQ and AZ, very nice - or more are planning to start/resume it?
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Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:52 pm

There are also other airlines wishing to start service but the Mauritian government will simply not authorise them to. This includes French Bee, Norwegian, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, among others...Next year, Edelweiss will operate Mauritius all year long.
LOT Polish will also probably operate during the Northern Winter season 1-2 weekly flights between Warsaw and Mauritius.
 
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Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:09 pm

Accra New terminal 3. The formal inauguration will be held on the 2nd of October

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Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:09 pm

What happened to the main thread?
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Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:42 pm

"Despite KQ reducing frequencies there at the end of October in favour to Mauritius and Seychelles, it's nice to see that traffic is picking up again after the 2015 political crisis!"

Sadly the shame constitutional referendum earlier this year which pretty much makes Nkurunziza President for life and the events leading up to it, closing down foreign media outlets and local sources who dare to question the measure, does not bode well for the long term stability of the country. It's really too bad. Bujumbura is a very nice place and has a lot to offer.
 
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Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:37 am

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Accra New terminal 3. The formal inauguration will be held on the 2nd of October

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Good for Accra. This appears to be a great improvement. Glad they had the Turks build instead of the Chinese so the terminal has little bit of character. (Of course, Ghanian built and designed would be even better)
 
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Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:17 pm

MileHFL400 wrote:
What happened to the main thread?

Very good question, as for unknown reasons it has been locked without any warnings!
Instead mods have initiated this one and added – 2018, like any other thread on CivAv forum

DXTraveler wrote:
"Despite KQ reducing frequencies there at the end of October in favour to Mauritius and Seychelles, it's nice to see that traffic is picking up again after the 2015 political crisis!"

Sadly the shame constitutional referendum earlier this year which pretty much makes Nkurunziza President for life and the events leading up to it, closing down foreign media outlets and local sources who dare to question the measure, does not bode well for the long term stability of the country. It's really too bad. Bujumbura is a very nice place and has a lot to offer.


Believe it or not, early in June Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said that he would not run for another term in 2020, despite widespread belief that he backed a new constitution extending term limits in a bid to cling to power. He added "I will not go back on my word. Our mandate ends in 2020 "... So What will most likely happen?
Is he going to do a russian style shuffle, like putting the prime minister as a president and himself as a prime minister?

What could help Burundi to increase visitors also is to implement the East African Tourist Visa as it was mentionned by some media at the beginning of this year: (in French sorry)

https://abisezerano.com/2018/01/10/le-b ... mbre-2018/

https://youtu.be/PSTJiwtZed0

usflyer msp wrote:
Good for Accra. This appears to be a great improvement. Glad they had the Turks build instead of the Chinese so the terminal has little bit of character. (Of course, Ghanian built and designed would be even better)


This was the exact same situation for the Kigali Convention Centre, It took 5 or 6 years to build it, but Turkish firm took over the construction works and completed it in one year!

Not sure if it true or not but, there are talks for opening up a direct route service between Ghana and Mexico the next coming months. Does it make sense?

https://www.myjoyonline.com/business/20 ... -ghana.php

https://newsaero.info/vers-le-lancement ... e-mexique/
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Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:25 pm

As mentionned on the Turkish Aviation thread 2018,

Turkish Airlines to start flights to Lusaka - Zambia (LUN) on the 13th of December.
They will initially be operated twice weekly (Tuesday & Tursday) with B738/9 via Dar Es Salaam (DAR) - Tanzania.
Despite few nonstop services between LUN and DAR, I doubt TK will be granted 5th freedom rights.
I wish them good luck!
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Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:21 pm

Any news on Fastjet? How have they been doing? Last time I checked they had some financial difficulties.
 
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Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:29 pm

Thanks Eastafspot for sharing the pics. Looks really nice, bright, welcoming environment.

usflyer msp wrote:
Glad they had the Turks build instead of the Chinese so the terminal has little bit of character.

Indeed, the Chinese need good competition to keep them honest.

usflyer msp wrote:
(Of course, Ghanian built and designed would be even better)
One day, hopefully, to not far away...
 
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Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:10 pm

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Accra New terminal 3. The formal inauguration will be held on the 2nd of October

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And the highlight of this will be EK utilizing the A380 for a one off DXB-ACC-DXB flight. Great way to test their facilities. If all goes well we might see regular A380 service to Accra sometime in the future.
 
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Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:27 am

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Any news on Fastjet? How have they been doing? Last time I checked they had some financial difficulties.

Indeed you are right, according to The East African paper, FastJet might cease operations in Tanzania soon:

http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/busines ... AhwA%24%24

I hope in Southern Africa, they are performing better which I doubt for Zambia with only one route!
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Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:28 am

ETinCaribe wrote:
usflyer msp wrote:
Glad they had the Turks build instead of the Chinese so the terminal has little bit of character.

Indeed, the Chinese need good competition to keep them honest.

And raise the standards of quality too...
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Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:42 am

Some updates for the winter timetables in Africa:

-> Air Algerie will fly twice weekly to Brussels Charleroi (CRL) from the 18th of December, in addition to the daily frequencies to BRU.

AH2066 ALG1630 – 1910CRL 736 27
AH2067 CRL2010 – 2255ALG 736 27

-> Kenya Airways resumes Libreville in Gabon from end of October:

KQ562 NBO0820 – 1030NSI1110 – 1200LBV E90 x37
KQ563 LBV1310 – 1400NSI1440 – 2050NBO E90 x37

-> From the 29th of October 2018, British Airways will start a thrice weekly flight to Durban - South Africa using the B788

BA041 LHR1545 – 0535+1DUR 788 146
BA040 DUR0735 – 1745LHR 788 257

https://newsaero.info/british-airways-a ... -a-durban/
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Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:18 pm

eastafspot wrote:
Blerg wrote:
Any news on Fastjet? How have they been doing? Last time I checked they had some financial difficulties.

Indeed you are right, according to The East African paper, FastJet might cease operations in Tanzania soon:

http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/busines ... AhwA%24%24

I hope in Southern Africa, they are performing better which I doubt for Zambia with only one route!


How unfortunate, I really liked them and they seemed like something fresh out there. Maybe the A319 was too much of an aircraft, they should have maybe gone for something smaller?
 
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Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:11 pm

eastafspot wrote:

Not sure if it true or not but, there are talks for opening up a direct route service between Ghana and Mexico the next coming months. Does it make sense?

https://www.myjoyonline.com/business/20 ... -ghana.php

https://newsaero.info/vers-le-lancement ... e-mexique/


It doesn't. Article says looking for bilateral air service AGREEMENT. There are many agreements that are signed but never used. This is just a diplomatic venture rather than a true interest by any Mexican airline.



Does anyone know more details about Guinea Airlines, a new airlines by Ethiopian?
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Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:22 pm

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Does anyone know more details about Guinea Airlines, a new airlines by Ethiopian?


It starts service mid October, from Conakry to Dakar, Banjul, Freetown, Monrovia and Bamako using Q400s with ET code. What I find interesting is that ASKY also announced recently the very same routes, and I saw a news headline the other day that ET/ASKY is also going to fly domestic in Mozambique as Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines. What I am wondering now is if ET is using ASKY services (aircraft and crew) to start up ops these new airlines.
 
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Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:57 am

Updates from Africa:

** Here are pictures of youngest nation's capital airport, brand new Juba airport terminal in South Sudan:
Source: https://newsaero.info/sud-soudan-le-nou ... es-portes/

An amazing improvement!
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Fyi, that's how it previously looked like (http://www.ramblinrandy.com/africa/south-sudan/):
Check this quick overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... VbT5PJa43Q :wink2:


** Ghana’s leading carrier, Africa World Airlines takes delivery of 7th aircraft.

It's an Embraer, with registration number 9G-AFQ.
Africa world airlines has become a dominate force in the aviation sub region in Africa since it started operations.

More here: http://www.atqnews.com/ng/ghanas-leadin ... -aircraft/

** A great news for all African travellers to Ethiopia:

Ethiopian Prime Minister had earlier this year disclosed that following Rwanda’s lead, Ethiopia was going to allow a visa-free regime for all Africans. At the time, he was speaking at a state banquet held for his visiting Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame.
Abiy said: “The President (Kagame) invited all Africans to travel to Rwanda without visas, we will follow you very soon.” On June 1 the issuance of visas online for all tourists kick started.
Finally, Ethiopia has announced a date for the start of a visa-on-arrival regime for all Africans. Africa’s second most populous nation will start visa-on arrival regime from November 9, 2018, PM Abiy Ahmed’s chief of staff confirmed on Friday.


When will South Africa implement this policy too?
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Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:24 am

Does anyone know the fleet status of Afriqiyah Airways ?
I've read somewhere that one of the three A319 (in Bulgaria) and an A330 should be back in the country soon. Is it confirmed? What about the A319 damaged ealier this year at Tripoli, is it repaired? Has the A350 order been cancelled?
Is the current network only limited to domestic + Tunisia?
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