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As international flights resume, there is a sense of relief amongst the aviation community. There is also talk of some US international routes opening up, albeit in limited capacity, but that again is another shot in the arm for an heavily fatigued industry.


The more we talk to key aviation players the more encouraged we are that some sort of new norm is being restored. That said, we expect pre Covid19 loads will not come back to atleast 2023, however, we must keep moving forward and this week has shown progress. Progress is progress no matter how gradual. We expect international load factors to be strong in the short term and as discussed many times before, the big question remains if the loads will be sustainable going forward. Time will tell...


One theme we picked up on this week is in the ground handling arena. Self handling may be back on the agenda, where possible, for the re-emerging cost focused carriers. Watch this space as we will monitor if this is just a blip (VietJet and Air India are in the news for this currently) or if this becomes a rising pattern.


As forecast, further industry job losses have been announced globally and we see this trend continuing for a number of months going forward, especially in some of the developing markets which have not been so aggressive or reluctant to react to the Covid19 market impact.


Fortunately, the spat between Kenya and Tanzania on reciprocal traffic rights has been resolved, the less said on this unfortunate lack of respect for bi-lateral air services the better.


As African airports open up again, we commend the respective airport authorities and aviation ministries for delivering competent responses to the Covid19 challenges and hope that flight schedules can be maintained and grown into the future.


Wishing you a successful week ahead.


Africa's Leading Airline Consultancy

 

In today's update we are covering the following topics:

  • Cameroon: Paul Biya instructs quick operation resumption and a shift to domestic flights

  • China: China’s embattled HNA cedes control of baggage handler Swissport to senior creditors in €1.9 billion debt-for-equity swap

  • France: Air France-KLM firms up plan to raise funds amid travel slump

  • Germany: Lufthansa Weighs Cutting More Jobs as Travel Slump Endures

  • India: US to allow Air India to conduct ground handling at airports

  • India: Indian Government to evaluate AAHL’s plan to acquire Mumbai Airport

  • India: Patna airport will be able to handle 8 million passengers annually by March 2023

  • Indonesia: Garuda Indonesia resumes flights to China amid eased restrictions

  • Indonesia: Embattled Asian and global airlines turning to state bailouts

  • Indonesia: Garuda Indonesia Group pax down 87.5% in Jul-2020


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  • Italy: Wizz Air To Operate Domestic Italy Routes From Milan Malpensa

  • Japan: All Nippon Airways to operate 21 international services in Sep-2020

  • Kenya: Kenya Airways Posts Record Half-Year Loss

  • Kenya: Kenya allows Tanzanian airlines amid row

  • Kuwait: Jazeera Airways announced H1 2020 Earnings

  • Latin America: Colombia announces $370 mn loan to pandemic-hit airline Avianca

  • Malaysia: Malaysia Airlines halts flights to Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth

  • Mexico: Aeromexico analyzes firing a thousand flight attendants from its workforce

  • Namibia: Air Namibia Extends Suspension Of Flights

  • Nigeria: Nigeria Bars Some Long Haul and Regional Carriers as Airspace Reopens

  • Nigeria: A’Ibom Will Become Aviation Hub In West Africa, Gov Emmanuel Vows

  • Nigeria: FAAN Workers Protest Nigerian Government's Plan To Concession Airports

  • Oman: Oman Air announces readiness to deal with resumption of flights

  • Russian Federation: Aeroflot works on resumption of Egypt, Maldives and UAE services

  • Russian Federation: Aeroflot Resumes Flights To Dubai From September 11

  • Russian Federation: Aeroflot plummets to second-quarter loss as air traffic tumbles

  • Rwanda: RwandAir moves to reap from Tanzania, Nairobi aviation tiff

  • Singapore: Ground handling firm dnata retrenches Singapore employees due to COVID-19 disruption


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  • Somalia: Qatar Airways to resume Mogadishu flights

  • South Africa: Ethiopian Airlines in rescue talks with South African Airways - CEO

  • Taiwan: Direct Taipei-Prague flight services likely: officials

  • Tanzania: KLM, Qatar and Ethiopian Airlines to Add More Flights to Tanzania

  • The Maldives: British Airways to resume London Heathrow-Male service in Oct-2020

  • Uganda: Uganda Airlines flies 75,000 passengers in first year

  • United Arab Emirates: Emirates airline gets US$2 billion injection from Dubai government

  • United Kingdom: Ryanair boosts balance sheet with €400m share placement

  • United Kingdom: IAG's new boss to take helm as airline industry reels from the biggest crisis in its history

  • United Kingdom: UK’s Stobart Group confirms talks to sell Dublin-based Aer Lingus Regional operator

  • United Kingdom: Virgin Atlantic: Airline to cut 1,150 more jobs as it completes £1.2bn bailout

  • United Kingdom: Qatar Cargo moves into Menzies Aviation base at Heathrow

  • United States: American Airlines chops 83,000 flights from its October schedule

  • United States: Struggling airline industry leads US job cuts in August

  • Vietnam: Vietjet kicks off self-handling ground operations

  • Vietnam: Vietnam reopens flight paths to cities in Asia

 

Cameroon

Paul Biya instructs quick operation resumption and a shift to domestic flights

Since July 2020, at least three multisectoral meetings have been held in the offices of Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute to finetune public airline Camair-Co’s reorganization plan.


According to an authorized source, these meetings are closely monitored by President Paul Biya who instructed the government to work towards the resumption of the airline's activities as soon as possible.


Because of the president’s instruction, Camair-Co could resume operations in September 2020, instead of October as the reorganization plan was projecting, a source close to the case informs. Also, the source adds, President Paul Biya has ordered the company’s activities to be refocused on domestic routes to facilitate mobility in the country.  


This order is in line with the strategy applied by former Camair-Co MD Ernest Dikoum. In 2017, the latter refocused the airline's operations offering only domestic flights. At the time he left the company’s management, Camair-Co was offering flights to seven of the ten regional capitals in Cameroon.


Therefore, with the various measures already initiated by the government to increase the Camair-Co’s fleet, the airline can easily launch routes to the remaining three regional capitals. Indeed, in a letter sent on July 14, 2020, to Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute, the Secretary-General of the Presidency of the Republic (Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh) revealed that in preparation for the reorganization plan that will pave the way for Camair-Co’s privatization (as per the instructions of the President of the Republic), XAF15 billion has been provided to the company’s top management.


A new Managing Director

According to the Secretary-General, the funds provided were to be used to send the Boeing 737-700 NGs to the maintenance facility, acquire two Dash Bombardiers Q400 (better suited for short routes) and lease two engines for the second Boeing 737-700 NG.


The aircrafts thus available thanks to the fund will complete the two MA60s and the Bombardier Q400 already in Camair-Co’s fleet. With such a renewed fleet, the airline can confidently resume its operations in the coming weeks pending the appointment of a new MD. Indeed, public authorities are still looking for a new MD to replace Georges Njipendji Kouotou, after Charles Tawamba (the retired customs officer, renowned for his discipline, who reorganized Campost) rejected an offer to assume the position.


According to our sources, besides Charles Tawamba, the government also contacted two officials for this position but they both declined since it is considered a poisoned chalice regarding Camair-Co’s dire financial situation. Indeed, at the end of 2018, its debts were estimated at XAF110 billion, and in 2019 and H1-2020, it recorded XAF15 billion and XAF12 billion of projected losses respectively. Let’s note that since its establishment in 2011, the airline has been facing cashflow problems.


By: Brice R. Mbodiam

Source: www.businessincameroon.com

 

China


China’s embattled HNA cedes control of baggage handler Swissport to senior creditors in €1.9 billion debt-for-equity swap - South China Morning Post

 

France

Air France-KLM firms up plan to raise funds amid travel slump - Ajot

 

Germany

Lufthansa Weighs Cutting More Jobs as Travel Slump Endures - Bloomberg

 

India

US to allow Air India to conduct ground handling at airports - Indian Express

Indian Government to evaluate AAHL’s plan to acquire Mumbai Airport - Airport Technology

Patna airport will be able to handle 8 million passengers annually by March 2023 - Hindustan Times

 

Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia resumes flights to China amid eased restrictions - The Jakarta Post

Embattled Asian and global airlines turning to state bailouts - Nikkei Asian Review

Garuda Indonesia Group pax down 87.5% in Jul-2020 - Headline Only

 

Italy

Wizz Air To Operate Domestic Italy Routes From Milan Malpensa - Aviation Week

 

Japan

All Nippon Airways to operate 21 international services in Sep-2020 - Headline Only

 

Kenya

Kenya Airways Posts Record Half-Year Loss - EABW News

Kenya allows Tanzanian airlines amid row - Business Daily Africa

 

Kuwait

Jazeera Airways announced H1 2020 Earnings - Travel Trade Daily

 

Latin America

Colombia announces $370 mn loan to pandemic-hit airline Avianca - Tico Times

 

Malaysia

Malaysia Airlines halts flights to Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth - Executive Traveller

 

Mexico

Aeromexico analyzes firing a thousand flight attendants from its workforce - Explica

 

Namibia

Air Namibia Extends Suspension Of Flights

The national airline, Air Namibia has extended the suspension of domestic flight operations following the extension of stage 3 restrictions last week.


The airline in a statement on Monday said the extension will remain until local travel will be allowed.


Additionally, the suspension of regional and international flights has been extended until further notice, depending on market demand and reopening of international borders of countries where the airline operates, the airline added.


“As an active stakeholder in the tourism industry, Air Namibia will continue to participate in the Tourism Revival Initiative,” they said.


Meanwhile, although scheduled regional and international flight operations will resume later, Air Namibia as an essential service provider remains available to offer charter flights worldwide.


“We have taken practical measures aligned to national Covid-19 measures, to ensure maximum safety and protection for our passengers, employees and other stakeholders,” said Air Namibia’s Interim CEO Theo Mberirua.


Source: https://economist.com.na

 

Nigeria:

Nigeria Bars Some Long Haul and Regional Carriers as Airspace Reopens - Bloomberg


A’Ibom Will Become Aviation Hub In West Africa, Gov Emmanuel Vows


Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has promised to transform the state into an aviation hub in the West African subregion.


He made the vow while announcing the arrival of the lastest Bombardier CRJ900 recently acquired by the state owned airline – Ibom Air.


He further disclosed that contracts have been mobilized to commence the Maintenance Repair and Overhaul, MRO, facility and other upgrade works at the Victor Attah International Airport to attain this status before he leaves office.


He assured that the new terminal is designed to meet the highest intelligence, smart standard and will match any of the internationally ranked terminals when completed.


The new Bombardier CRJ900, with registration number 5N-BXO is the fifth aircraft to the fleet of the Akwa Ibom State-owned airline, Ibom Air.


The State Governor expressed delight for the addition and thanked God that while others are battling with the doomsday occasioned by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Akwa Ibom people are celebrating expansion in their aviation business.


“On behalf of the government and people of Akwa Ibom State, including those in the diaspora, we appreciate God and everyone who has contributed in making this possible and we look toward to many more.

 “We welcome the latest in our fleet, registration number 5N-BXO, CoVID-19 compliant”, the Governor said.


He commended the management and staff of Ibom Air for their commitment and show of professionalism, as he announced the assumption of duty of Ibom Air’s first female pilot, Captain Ruth Adebanwo, as pilot of the new aircraft.


“I want to most sincerely register my appreciation to the management team of Ibom Air. They’ve actually made us proud. I really want to thank them for their commitment and the professionalism they have displayed to make Ibom Air an airline to beat. It is an airline to beat anytime, anywhere”, Governor Emmanuel assured.


He described the accolades already trailing the qualitative customer service in the state-owned airlines as expected, stating that Ibom Air has already surpassed the customer satisfaction benchmark and now building customer enthusiasm as a stock in trade.


“When I came into office as Governor, I inherited just one private aircraft, but I thank God I will not leave office with anything less than eight to nine more aircrafts, so that people can see progress and I’m sure the person that will come after me will not leave office with less than twenty five aircrafts”, Governor Emmanuel said.


Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman, Ibom Airport Development Company Limited, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga rtd., commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for developing the aviation sector in the state, adding that the governor has delivered on his promises to the people as captured in the completion agenda.


He said “…we still have MRO, we still have the cargo coming up, and we have the Ibom International Terminal we have so many things coming up at this airport how else you could define progress, how else could you define governance more than what we are witnessing. Today we are going to unveil the 5th in the series of our aircraft”.


Nkanga stated that the Governor who is committed in his developmental drive will increase the number of fleets in the airline, noting that “Calabar route has commenced while Ibom Air will be airborne from Enugu International Airport from 14th September”, he said.


Source: https://leadership.ng/


FAAN Workers Protest Nigerian Government's Plan To Concession Airports

He said the present Managing Director of FAAN, Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu, was purposely and strategically appointed for the easy sale of the organisation.


Employees of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria on Monday protested moves by the Nigerian Government to concession major airports in the country.

The protest was held by members of the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals and Air Transport Service Senior Staff Association.


hmed Danjuma, Chairman, ATSSAN, while addressing members during the protest at Freedom Square, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, kicked against government's directive to return all staff that retired from April 1, 2014 to PenCom.

Danjuma said the concession plan will force many staff into retrenchment while the future of those retired may not be assured.

He said the present Managing Director of FAAN, Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu, was purposely and strategically appointed for the easy sale of the organisation.

The union leader accused the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, of threatening to repress protesting workers with security machinery of the state.


He said, “It is also noteworthy that Hadi Sirika in a meeting with aviation union threatened to attack protesters with police and that protest will not last more than three months at the most.” 

He further said Sirika had vowed that nothing will stop him from concessioning the four major airports including the Muritala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos, Abuja airport, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, and Port Harcourt International Airport.


Source: http://saharareporters.com/

 

Oman

Oman Air announces readiness to deal with resumption of flights - Times of Oman

 

Russian Federation


Aeroflot works on resumption of Egypt, Maldives and UAE services - Headline Only

Aeroflot Resumes Flights To Dubai From September 11 - Urdu Point

Aeroflot plummets to second-quarter loss as air traffic tumbles - Irish Times

 

Rwanda

RwandAir moves to reap from Tanzania, Nairobi aviation tiff - Business Daily Africa

 

Singapore

Ground handling firm dnata retrenches Singapore employees due to COVID-19 disruption - Channel News Asia

 

Somalia

Qatar Airways to resume Mogadishu flights

Qatar Airways will resume flights to Mogadishu on Sunday, a month after the Somali government lifted restrictions on international air travel following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.


In a statement on Friday, the airline said it will fly three times a week between the Somalia capital and its hub in Doha from September 6.


The resumption of flights on the route will see the global carrier operate 40 weekly flights to the continent across nine destinations including Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Nairobi, Tunis and Zanzibar.


The airline will also increase Doha-Djibouti flights to six weekly on Sunday.


Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said by mid-September, the airline expects to operate 650 weekly flights to more than 85 destinations worldwide and will offer more flexible booking options.


“The recovery of international travel will take time but returning to over 50 per cent of our pre-Covid-19 network is a significant milestone.

“By continuing to fly during the pandemic while others stopped, we have gained the trust of passengers as an airline they can rely on...and as entry restrictions ease and we resume more of our pre-Covid-19 network, we remain focused on our fundamental mission of carrying passengers across the globe safely and reliably," he said.

The global carrier has been running its operations to select destinations on special passes that allow repatriates to fly home.

The special pass operations has seen them run about 100 charter flights that ferried about one million people to various destinations across the world.

Changes Apart from Mogadishu, the airline will also resume flights to Kathmandu in Nepal, and Philadelphia in the US on September 5 and 16 respectively.

The airline that resumed 14 weekly flights to Nairobi on August 7.

“We are proud to be the leading global airline connecting passengers with the world, operating one of the youngest, most fuel-efficient and sustainable fleets to take people safely to where they need to be,” Mr Al Baker said.

The carrier has also extended its booking policies to allow passengers to change the date of their travel as well as the destination within 5,000 miles of the original destination without incurring additional costs for travel completed before December 31, this year. “All tickets booked for travel up to 31 December 2020 will be valid for two years from the date of issuance,” the airline said.


By: Bonface Otieno

Source: Business Daily Africa

 

South Africa

Ethiopian Airlines in rescue talks with South African Airways - CEO - Reuters

 

Taiwan

Direct Taipei-Prague flight services likely: officials - Taipai Times

 

Tanzania

KLM, Qatar and Ethiopian Airlines to Add More Flights to Tanzania

Three major international airlines (KLM, Qatar and Ethiopian airlines) are set to increase the number of flight frequency to Tanzania three months after the country opened its airspace to passenger flights.


Ethiopian Airlines which was the first to resume flights to the Julius Nyerere International Airport is set to increases flights from four landings weekly to 14.


According to the Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (Kadco) official, Catherine Mwakatobe, KLM has increased flights from one to four whereas Qatar Airways on the other hand has increased scheduled flights from three to 12.


As part of the continued resumption Rwandair will now have three flights landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport three times a week.


Turkish Airlines which used to operate several flights from Istanbul to KIA before the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic is yet to resume.


"These airlines have sent a strong message to the world that is worth noting that Tanzania is free from the killer coronavirus," said Catherine Mwakatobe.


Yesterday, Ethiopian Airlines' Dream-liner aircraft landed at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) where the crew and passengers were received by some government officials including the Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner Anna Mghwira.


Tanzania was the first East African country to open its airspace following the reduction in the number of coronavirus cases, Kenya on the other hand opened its skies on August 1.


Latest reports show that Uganda is scheduled to open its borders and Entebbe International Airport on October 1, the facility has been closed since March when the country recorded its first Covid-19 case.


Source: The Citizen/All Africa

 

The Maldives

British Airways to resume London Heathrow-Male service in Oct-2020 - Headline Only

 

United Arab Emirates

Emirates airline gets US$2 billion injection from Dubai government - NewsHub

 

Uganda


Uganda Airlines flies 75,000 passengers in first year - The Observer


dre aviation would like to take this opportunity and congratulate the management and staff of Uganda Airlines on their 1 year anniversary. The carrier was launched successfully and was performing very well before the Covid19 impact on the industry. From what we have seen, the management are making all of the right moves to ensure that the