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A quite weekend in terms of news flow in key African aviation markets.Have a good business week ahead. Stay safe and well.
In today's update we are covering the following topics:
India: IndiGo to develop flight network to Russia, Kyrgyzstan, other Central Asian nations
Indonesia: $598m funding more than enough for AirAsia: Tony Fernandes
Nigeria: FG Grounds Angolan Airlines’ Plane in Lagos
Nigeria: Jet runs into fence at Lagos International Airport
South Sudan: Seven killed in South Sudan plane crash
Switzerland: Swissport agrees to restructure deal, wins $354m funding
United Kingdom: Families could face half-term travel chaos as BA staff ‘vow to strike’
United Kingdom: EasyJet announces expansion of services at Gatwick Airport
United Kingdom: Wizz Air announces new base at Gatwick as part of UK expansion
United States: Delta Air Lines plans to resume more flights on international routes
IndiGo to develop flight network to Russia, Kyrgyzstan, other Central Asian nations - Business Today
$598m funding more than enough for AirAsia: Tony Fernandes - The Jakarta Post
FG Grounds Angolan Airlines’ Plane in Lagos
Federal Government on Wednesday grounded an Angolan Airlines owned plane for flying illegally into the country.
The plane, Boeing 777, was impounded shortly after landing on Wednesday afternoon with passengers.
The jumbo jet belongs to Angola Airlines, a state-owned airline and flag carrier of the Angolan government.
It was learnt that the plane flew into the country without the requisite and mandatory approvals from the Nigerian authorities.
Aviation sources said the jet which was flown into the country purportedly to evacuate stranded Angolan citizens in Nigeria was found to be carrying fee-paying passenger.
However, the number of passengers on board the over 300-seater plane could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report on Thursday night.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has commenced further investigation into the matter, it was learnt.
The Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, Mr. James Odaudu, could not be reached for comments as of the time of filing this report. Several calls made to his line did not connect. Also, a response to a text message sent to his line was still being awaited.
However, multiples sources from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Aviation confirmed the development on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak on the matter.
By: Samed Oulkoya
Jet runs into fence at Lagos International Airport
The Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria has confirmed the incident in which King Air Jet ran into a fence at the General Aviation Terminal Apron of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
Tunji Oketumbi, the General Manager, Public Affairs of AIB, on Saturday said the incident occurred around 9:35am on Friday, involving a Beechcraft King Air B200 Jet with registration Marks 5N-IHS, operated by JED Air Limited.
According to Oketunbi: “AIB can confirm that an incident involving a Beechcraft King Air B200 Jet with registration Marks 5N-IHS operated by JED Air Limited, occurred around 9:35 am on 21st August, 2020 beside Bristow Hangar 3 at GAT Apron, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos.
“The aircraft collided with the apron wall while taxing to reposition for ground run.
“The Bureau has taken the decision not to investigate the incident as there was no intention of flight. This is in line with the provisions of section 29 Civil Aviation Act 2006, Section 3 of Civil Aviation (Investigation of Air Accident Regulation 2019 and the guidance document of ICAO Annex 13.
“We recognise the safety issues involved but have taken steps to work with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority who will take lead in the investigation to prevent future occurrences.”
By: Hassan Muaz
Seven killed in South Sudan plane crash - Manilla Bulletin
Swissport agrees to restructure deal, wins $354m funding - Trade Arabia
Families could face half-term travel chaos as BA staff ‘vow to strike’ - Metro
EasyJet announces expansion of services at Gatwick Airport - The Argus
Wizz Air announces new base at Gatwick as part of UK expansion - Travel News
Manchester Airport to shut T2 on dwindling travel - Place North West
Delta Air Lines plans to resume more flights on international routes - Reuters
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