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Treasury agrees, in principle, to substantial capital injection for SAA

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2017 The National Treasury on Wednesday announced it had agreed, in principle, to a substantial capital injection into troubled South African Airways (SAA); however, it could not confirm the amount or timeline for the capital injection. Treasury confirmed in the National Budget that, during 2017/18,... 

A380 airliner restored to the Johannesburg route by Emirates

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 Major international airline Emirates, based in Dubai, recently reintroduced the Airbus A380 Superjumbo on to its Dubai-Johannesburg route, to meet growing passenger demand. Previously, the airline had operated the A380 on its Johannesburg route for a few months in 2011/2012, but the market had... 

African and global airlines enjoyed strong passenger growth last year

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 Last year, African airlines experienced their strongest year of passenger growth since 2012, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported. Passenger numbers on international flights within, and to and from, the continent, measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs),... 

Fireblade Aviation rejects security claims about its base at OR Tambo International Airport 

By: Keith Campbell     16th February 2017 South African company Fireblade Aviation has stressed that the international arrivals and departures section of its Fixed-Base Operation (FBO) at OR Tambo International Airport, east of Johannesburg, will be totally under the control of the relevant government agencies. This was made clear in a... 

Fireblade Aviation rejects security claims about its base at OR Tambo International Airport
Photo by Duane Daws
Nicky Oppenheimer

Court rules in favour of Comair in SAA case

By: News24Wire      15th February 2017 Comair advised shareholders on Wednesday that the South Gauteng High Court has ruled in its favour in a case Comair initiated against South African Airways (SAA) 14 years ago in respect of the national carrier's anti-competitive travel agent incentive schemes. According to Comair the scheme was... 

Comair to bid for Air Botswana – CEO

By: Reuters     15th February 2017 South Africa's Comair will submit a proposal to Botswana take over the nation's carrier, Comair's chief executive said on Wednesday. Comair, which operates British Airways in southern Africa alongside its no-frills brand Kulula.com, has vied for Air Botswana before, but in 2008 pulled out of a... 

Comair posts solid H1 results despite low occupancy levels

By: Anine Kilian     14th February 2017 The domestic aviation industry continues to have surplus capacity, resulting in occupancy levels that remain low by international standards, says JSE-listed Comair. The company, nevertheless, grew its revenue by 6% for the six months to December 31, as a result of a recovery in yields, but... 

Airports company reports good increases in passenger numbers in 2016

By: Keith Campbell     14th February 2017 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) had a record year last year, in terms of the numbers of passengers who passed through its airports. This was revealed on Tuesday when it published its latest 'Aviation Barometer' report. This is the fourth edition of the report, which is compiled from... 

Botswana tries again to privatise national airline 

By: Reuters     13th February 2017 Botswana put its national airline up for tender on Monday, as part of its latest drive to privatise loss-making state companies. Air Botswana would be the second such sale after the government sold 49% of its telecoms firm in a stock market floatation last year. 

Airport upgrade project sees over a million LTI-free hours achieved

     10th February 2017 Integrated firm AECOM has clocked up over a million lost-time-injury- (LTI-) free hours at the Kasane International Terminal project, where it is providing consulting and supervision services for the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana. The AECOM project team, which oversaw the achievement of... 

Airport upgrade project sees over a million  LTI-free hours achieved
MEANINGFUL ACHIEVEMENT The achievement of over a million lost-time injury free hours by AECOM allowed the team to fulfil its goal of ‘no injuries under my watch’

SAA cancels flights to Nigeria airport 

By: African News Agency      8th February 2017 South African Airways (SAA) and a number of other airlines have cancelled flights to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the Nigerian capital Abuja due to the dangers posed by the state of disrepair of the runway. SAA cancelled flights for six weeks, as repairs on the runway began on... 

Airbus A400M may have won $2bn Indonesian order – reports

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2017 French aerospace journal “Air et Cosmos” and British defence media group Jane’s have both reported that the Indonesian government has approved the purchase of five Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft. Both cite local Indonesian media as the source of the information. According to the French... 

SA regional airline aligns fleet modernisation with growth plan

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2017 South African private-sector airline Airlink and Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer have jointly announced that the carrier was leasing five of the manufacturer’s twin-engined E-Jet family airliners. The aircraft, three E170s and two E190s, will be obtained from ECC Leasing, which is a... 

Emirates returns the A380 airliner to its Johannesburg route

By: Keith Campbell     1st February 2017 Major international airline Emirates, based in Dubai, on Wednesday reintroduced the Airbus A380 Superjumbo on to its Dubai-Johannesburg route, to meet growing passenger demand. Previously, the airline had operated the A380 on its Johannesburg route for a few months in 2011/2012, but the market... 

Emirates returns the A380 airliner to its Johannesburg route
Photo by Emirates
Emirates’ A380 Superjumbos at Dubai International Airport

Stronger rand drives Comair’s interim earnings higher

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th January 2017 A stronger rand has contributed to a 125% to 145% year-on-year increase in Comair’s earnings per share (EPS) for the six months ended December 31. Comair expects to report EPS of 40c to 44c for the interim period. 

Application of aerotropolis concept in South Africa to attract business

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) believes that focused applications of the aerotropolis concept in South Africa will attract business and make domestic airports a preferable link in the value chain. 

Application of aerotropolis concept in South Africa to attract business
Photo by Duane Daws
OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT The Aerotropolis Master Plans details 21 catalytic projects to be delivered at the airport

Future of St Helena airport uncertain as it is deemed unusable by commercial airlines 

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2017 The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has spent £285.5-million of British taxpayers’ money on building an airport in St Helena that is not usable by commercial airlines. This is the main finding of a report published by the UK House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts. 

Improved technology boosts airport operations

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 To provide more accurate information for airports across the country, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) has upgraded existing technology and implemented new weather-observing technology at all airports to detect harsh weather earlier. 

New sewer pipeline to relieve pressure on existing works

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 Dube TradePort will construct the 6-km-long Hlawe river sewer pipeline, which will link the Dube TradePort precinct to the existing Tongaat Wastewater Treatment Works, service the northern part of the TradePort precinct and relieve pressure on the wastewater works. 

New sewer pipeline to relieve pressure on existing works
DUBE TRADEPORT The Dube AgriZone is intended to act as a catalyst for high-value agribusiness in Kwa-Zulu Natal

Solar power plants planned for all domestic airports

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) plans to build solar power plants at all six of the South African airports its owns and operates by November this year. 

FlySafair shifts focus to keeping air fares low amid tough environment

     24th January 2017 Low-cost carrier FlySafair will focus on implementing changes in the business to improve cost efficiencies and keep its fares as low as possible. The company on Tuesday said it had made a profit in 2016 – its second year of operations – despite a tough trading environment with low economic growth... 

Regional airlines flock to Zim as it opens its skies

By: News24Wire      24th January 2017 RwandAir and Ethiopian Airlines are the newest airlines to fly to Zimbabwe, as the government opens up its skies to other players after years of state protectionism for the country’s ailing flag carrier Air Zimbabwe. The two airlines will start flights to Zimbabwe this year and are banking on the... 

Fly Blue Crane business rescue practitioner confident of success

By: African News Agency      23rd January 2017 The business rescue practitioner overseeing Fly Blue Crane’s re-engineering process Etienne Naude says he is confident that the airline will overcome its current problems and go on to prosper. He has also been encouraged by the high morale, determination, and focus of both the management team and... 

A400M reportedly wins second export order

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 French aerospace journal “Air et Cosmos” and British defence media group Jane’s have both reported that the Indonesian government has approved the purchase of five Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft. Both cite local Indonesian media as the source of the information. According to the French... 

A400M reportedly wins second export order
Photo by Airbus
An Airbus A400M

Local light passenger and utility aircraft programme taking off

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 Wonderboom Airport, in Pretoria (within the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality), is the nest within which a fledgling civilian aircraft manufacturing company is developing. Based in the airport’s Hangar 1, Falcon Air has developed and is producing its Falcon 402 general aviation aircraft, albeit... 

Local light passenger and utility aircraft programme taking off

Airlink continues fleet modernisation and growth programme with Embraer 

By: Keith Campbell     19th January 2017 South African private-sector airline Airlink and Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer jointly announced on Thursday that the carrier was leasing five of the manufacturer’s E-Jet family airliners. The aircraft, three E170s and two E190s, will be obtained from ECC Leasing, which is a... 

Airlink continues fleet modernisation and growth programme with Embraer
Photo by Embraer
An Embraer E190 of Airlink

The Pretoria-based Falcon 402 aircraft programme 

     19th January 2017 Falcon Air, based at Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria, has developed and is producing the Falcon 402 single-engined passenger and utility aircraft. Keith Campbell reports. 

The Pretoria-based Falcon 402 aircraft programme
The Pretoria-based Falcon 402 aircraft programme

South Africa could possibly downscale number of international airports

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 Cabinet will, this year, review and take a decision on rationalising the number of international airports in South Africa, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Wednesday. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, he said Cabinet had already taken a decision last year “that there are too... 

South Africa could possibly downscale number of international airports

Home Affairs allocates R25m to debottleneck OR Tambo immigration 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 To accommodate the yearly increase of travellers at the OR Tambo International Airport, the Department of Home Affairs is allocating R25-million for the 2017/18 financial year to appoint 58 additional immigration officials. This followed as the number of travellers using the airport increased to... 

Home Affairs allocates R25m to debottleneck OR Tambo immigration

Comair CEO raises questions on State airlines merger 

By: News24Wire      12th January 2017 It is unclear what a merger between the three State-owned airlines SAA, Mango and SA Express would achieve that cannot be achieved by each airline individually, Erik Venter, CEO of Comair, told Fin24. This was in reaction to a parliamentary response by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown.... 

Airbus very happy with its 2016 production and delivery results

By: Keith Campbell     11th January 2017 Despite 2016 being an “unusually difficult year from a production perspective”, European airliner manufacturer Airbus Commercial Aircraft met all its delivery targets for the year, company president Fabrice Brégier told journalists worldwide on Wednesday. “I’m very proud to tell you we have... 

Airbus very happy with its 2016 production and delivery results
Photo by Airbus Commercial Aircraft
Airbus A330 (rear), A350-900 (foreground) and A380 (in the lead) airliners fly in formation

Comair to post higher H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2017 JSE-listed Comair on Wednesday said it expects a 20% hike in earnings for the six months to December 31, 2016. The group, which is currently finalising its interim results, had reported a substantial decrease in earnings a share to 18c and headline earnings a share to 13.1c during the preceding... 

CTIA expands routes to boost tourism as it reaches 10m passengers a year milestone

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2017 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) is, in collaboration with the Western Cape government, targeting the development and initiation of new routes to key strategic markets. Cape Town Air Access, in a partnership with CTIA, the City of Cape Town, Wesgro, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and... 

CTIA expands routes to boost tourism as it reaches 10m passengers a year milestone

Engineering solutions provider showcases manufacturing capabilities

By: David Oliveira     16th December 2016 Engineering solutions provider Ansys earlier this month hosted investors and media on a tour of its technology investment business unit Parsec’s manufacturing facility, in Irene, Gauteng. Ansys CEO Rynier van der Watt highlighted that the facility is dedicated to the manufacture of high-end... 

UK government report slams St Helena airport development 

By: Irma Venter     14th December 2016 The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has spent £285.5-million of British taxpayers’ money on building an airport in St Helena that is not usable by commercial airlines. This is the main finding of a report published by the UK House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts on... 

UK government report slams St Helena airport development
The St Helena Airport

Additional staff deployed at ports of entry over the festive season

By: African News Agency      9th December 2016 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced on Thursday that a total of 92 additional staff members would be deployed at OR Tambo International Airport over the festive season. “The two shifts of additional staff will allow for 100 percent capacity at the workstations, with all cubicles... 

Additional staff deployed at ports of entry over the festive season
Photo by Duane Daws
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

South African commercial aviation sector outperforming economy, index shows

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2016 The South African commercial aviation sector “is alive and well and outperforming most other sectors of the economy by a considerable margin” reported the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) in a statement released on November 29. The release marked the publication of the... 

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