Archive for March 7th, 2017

Corporate Council on Africa News Updates


Trump’s new travel order: Sudan, Somalia and Libya remain banned Africanews
The 10-day period is believed to be in place to avert some of the chaotic scenes that were seen at US airports after the first ban which was to take immediate effect… Read more>>


AFRAA Demands Progress On African Open Skies Liberalization AIN Online
Fifteen states are now full signatories of the YD: Benin, Botswana, Cape Verde, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe…. Read more>>

Why a Radisson Blu room in Rwanda costs more than in China How We Made It In Africa
Did you know that travellers pay almost three times more for a room at the Radisson Blu M’Bamou Palace Hotel in Brazzaville (Republic of Congo) than they do for a room at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in New Delhi (India)? .. Read more>>

Zimbabwe seeks to market her attractions at ITB2017 in Berlin


(Posted 07th February 2017)

The Minister of Tourism and the Hospitality Industry, Dr. Eng. Walter Mzembi is leading a Zimbabwe delegation to the International Travel Bourse to be held in Berlin, Germany. The expo which has attracted over 185 countries and thousands of exhibitors kicks off tomorrow 08th of March and is ending on 12th of March.

Commenting on Zimbabwe’s participation at this global tourism exposition, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Head of Corporate Affairs Mr Sugar Chagonda said all is now set for the show and Zimbabwe is raring to go.

We are very much excited to be participating at this year’s edition of ITB Berlin. We defied all odds and prevailed over the obtaining challenges to maintain our presence in the European Market. The Zimbabwe delegation comprising the Minister, officials from the ZTA and the private sector is already on the ground in Germany ready for the expo‘ said Chagonda.

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority spokesperson added that a total of fifteen companies from Zimbabwe are exhibiting at the ITB Berlin and these include the African Bush Camps, African Sun Hotels, Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, Rainbow Tourism Group, Shearwater Victoria Falls, Sikiliza Adventures, The Amalinda Collection, Wilderness Safaris, Zambezi Cruise Safaris, Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Chief Executive, Mr Karikoga Kaseke paid homage to the Zimbabwe tourism operators participating at the fair and expressed optimism that they will consolidate and grow their market share by securing lucrative business deals. The ZTA boss added that Zimbabwe’s participation at the ITB Berlin and other related International travel fairs is premised on the need for continuous investment in aggressive marketing in order for the tourism sector to achieve the projected growth rate.

Germany contributes a significant 18% of European arrivals into Zimbabwe and ranks 3rd after the United States of America and the UK, contributing 26.355 arrivals recorded in the year 2015. This however is still a drop from the 76 000 arrivals attained in 1999, which was Zimbabwe’s peak tourism year hence the need for aggressive marketing to regain the lost market share.

Over 10 000 exhibitors are attending this global forum which is also attracting cities, tour operators, airlines, hotels and various services advancing tourism businesses which makes it a significant and must attend show for any destination targeting the European market.

More information about Destination Zimbabwe can be sourced via

Precision Air announces their return to Entebbe


(Posted 07th March 2017)

Tanzania Precision Air Services Plc, the only publicly quoted airline company in Tanzania listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, has announced their intention to relaunch flights to Uganda through the Entebbe International Airport.The scheduled flights are expected to start from 01st July 2017.

The announcement which was made an hour ago stated that Precision Air will operate four flights per week with two nonstop flights from Dar es Salaam and two services routing via Kilimanjaro.

Commenting on the relaunch, Precision Air’s commercial Director Mr. Robert Owusu, said that the decision to relaunch flights to Entebbe came after a market study which revealed that there was significant demand for flights between Tanzania and Uganda after rival Fastjet pulled out of the route in early December last year.

Apart from the business relationships Tanzania and Uganda have a very rich history and we are going to honor that history by connecting the two countries through our services. We will start with four flights per week every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Passengers between Tanzania and Uganda should expect affordable and reliable flights‘ he then commented further.

Precision Air suspended flights to Entebbe back in 2013 during the route rationalization process and network restructuring. Mr. Owusu said that after the company reviewed their decisions taken at the time they concluded that Entebbe was a worthy addition to Precision Air’s already established extensive network on domestic routes and to Nairobi.

Tickets sale is expected to commence on the of 10th March 2017 and passengers can book either directly by visiting the our website, our sales offices or through their preferred travel agents. We encourage early booking for best fares and we remind our passengers to take advantage of our online booking for discounted fares‘ Mr.Owusu added in closing.

Precision Air is currently the only IATA member in Tanzania and has recently announced a codeshare agreement with Etihad allowing the airline to offer more connection for passengers. Operating from Dar es Salaam does Precision Air fly to Arusha, Bukoba, Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Musoma, Mtwara, Mwanza, Tabora, Zanzibar and Nairobi and from July onwards also to Entebbe again.

Details about the opening of a Precision Air office in Uganda will be announced shortly here, so keep watching this space for breaking and regular aviation news from across the Eastern African region.

Air Kenya takes delivery of second brand new Airbus AS350B3E helicopter


(Posted 07th March 2017)

AIRKENYA Helicopters got a boost when the second brand new helicopter, an AIRBUS AS 350 B3E arrived a week ago in Nairobi. The new helicopter with options for flying with both doors open is well suited to the hot and high altitude flying excursions offered across the country and the Eastern African region. Airkenya’s expert pilot/guides whose knowledge of Kenya and her eco-systems offer greatly informative scenic flight experiences.

Transfers by air, including JKIA – Nairobi (Karen, Westlands, Runda) – clearly aimed to beat Nairobi’s notorious traffic jams – and vice versa are also available now. At only US$1,500 for up to 5 passengers with 15kg in soft bags inclusive of VIP assist at JKIA can visitors with deep pockets fly to their hotel of choice, or a heliport near them and be in their rooms while ordinary folks are still boarding their vehicles at the airport parking. Email helicopters for further information.

Air traffic demand reaches five year peak


(Posted 07th March 2017)


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for January 2017 showing demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 9.6% compared to January 2016. This was the strongest increase in more than five years. Results were positively affected by traffic associated with the Lunar New Year celebrations, which occurred in January this year, compared to February in 2016. IATA estimates the holiday-related travel contributed up to one-half a percentage point in extra demand growth. January capacity rose 8.0%, and load factor climbed 1.2 percentage points to 80.2%.

2017 is off to a very strong start, with demand at levels not seen since 2011. This is supported by the upturn in the global economic cycle and a return to a more normal environment after the terrorism and political ‘shock’ events seen in early 2016‘ said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

January 2017
(% year-on-year)
World share¹ RPK ASK PLF
Total Market 100.0% 9.6% 8.0% 1.2% 80.2%
Africa 2.2% 5.2% 3.9% 0.9% 70.1%
Asia Pacific 32.9% 14.3% 11.1% 2.2% 81.5%
Europe 26.4% 8.4% 7.0% 1.0% 79.4%
Latin America 5.2% 4.9% 3.7% 0.9% 83.2%
Middle East 9.6% 13.5% 11.2% 1.6% 79.4%
North America 23.7% 3.4% 4.1% -0.5% 80.0%

¹% of industry RPKs in 2016 ²Year-on-year change in load factor ³Load factor level

International Passenger Markets

January international passenger traffic surged 9.3% compared to the year-ago period. Capacity rose 7.5% and load factor climbed 1.3 percentage point to 80.3%. All regions recorded year-over-year increases in demand led by the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

  • Asia Pacific carriers recorded an increase of 10.9% compared to January 2016, helped by the impact of Lunar New Year-related travel and solid growth on routes within Asia. Capacity rose 8.9%, pushing up load factor 1.5 percentage points to 81.4%.
  • European carriers’ international traffic climbed 8.3% in January compared to the year-ago period against a backdrop of moderate momentum in the Eurozone economy. Capacity rose 6.7% and load factor was up 1.2 percentage points to 80.3%.
  • Middle East carriers had the strongest year-over-year demand growth in January at 14.4%. Capacity climbed 11.4% and load factor rose against the year-ago period for a third consecutive month, up 2.1 percentage points to 79.8%.
  • North American airlines had the slowest demand growth, with traffic rising 3.2% in January, compared to a year ago. Capacity climbed 3.1%, and load factor was flat at 80.3%. Traffic on the transpacific market has continued to trend upwards but North Atlantic traffic growth has weakened since the middle of 2016, reflecting softer demand on UK-US routes.
  • Latin American airlines’ traffic climbed 8.2% in January. Capacity rose 5.7% and load factor increased 1.9 percentage points to 83.7%, highest among the regions. Robust international demand within South America is offsetting weaker demand to North America.
  • African airlines saw January traffic rise 5.6% compared to January 2016. This reflects a recovery on the key routes to/from Europe, despite continuing weakness in South Africa and Nigeria. With capacity up 4.5%, load factor rose 0.7 percentage point to 69.9%.

Domestic Passenger Markets

Domestic air travel climbed 9.9% in January year-on-year. All markets except Brazil showed growth, paced by double-digit increases in China, India and Russia. Capacity increased 8.7% and load factor was 80.1%, up 0.9% percentage points.

January 2017
(% year-on-year)
World share¹ RPK ASK PLF
Domestic 36.3% 9.9% 8.7% 0.9% 80.1%
Australia 1.0% 1.1% -0.4% 1.2% 77.3%
Brazil 1.2% -2.0% -2.8% 0.7% 83.8%
China P.R 8.7% 23.2% 18.5% 3.2% 83.2%
Indian 1.3% 26.6% 20.9% 3.9% 88.2%
Japan 1.1% 3.5% 1.3% 1.4% 65.2%
Russia Fed. 1.3% 15.4% 16.6% -0.7% 71.6%
US 14.9% 3.5% 4.7% -0.9% 80.0%

¹% of industry RPKs in 2016 ²Year-on-year change in load factor ³Load factor level *Note: the seven domestic passenger markets for which broken-down data are available account for 30% of global total RPKs and approximately 82% of total domestic RPKs

  • India led domestic all markets in year-to-year growth for the 22nd month in a row; January traffic soared 26.6%, marking the 15th consecutive month of 20%-plus annual growth. Demand is being stimulated by strong flight frequency.
  • China’s domestic traffic growth was not far behind, up 23.2% compared to January 2016. This was the strongest monthly growth since June 2010. The timing of the Lunar New Year affected the results but ongoing robust expansion in the services sector as well as increasing flight frequency are boosting demand.

The Bottom Line:

‘Aviation is the business of freedom. Air travel liberates people to lead better lives and creates greater economic opportunity for all by bringing people closer to trade and markets. Governments have a responsibility to secure their borders. They must also preserve the enormous economic and social benefits provided by borders that are open to trade and travel’ concluded de Juniac.

View January passenger traffic analysis (pdf)

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One day and counting to Qatar Airways’ launch of their new Business Class seat


(Posted 07th March 2017)

Qatar Airways launched a brand new stand at the ITB Exhibition 2016

The Qatar Airways at ITB Berlin 2017 will tomorrow be the launch pad for the airlines new, patented Business Class seat, which in the words of the airline’s CEO Mr. Akbar Al Baker will make First Class ‘Obsolete‘.

Qatar Airways is set to take absolute centre stage on the opening day of ITB Berlin, Wednesday 08th of March, as the airline unveils its highly anticipated Business Class experience in a world exclusive ceremony to international media, travel industry representatives and VIP guests.

The airline’s new and unique seat design, patented by Qatar Airways, is set to revolutionise the Business Class experience for business and leisure travellers alike. Supported by a host of other innovations across touchpoints – including dining, amenities, entertainment and service – the airline’s already award-winning Business Class cabin is set to challenge industry norms and expectations.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, commented: ‘Qatar Airways often uses the platform of ITB Berlin to showcase its latest product designs and aircraft features to the gathering crowds of international media and airline industry representatives. This year is no exception, and I am particularly proud that we will be unveiling the future of premium travel on day one, presenting the revolutionary developments to our Business Class offering to ensure we continue to provide our passengers with the exceptional travel experience they deserve‘.

Qatar Airways launched a brand new stand at the ITB Exhibition 2016

Qatar Airways will this year welcome thousands of visitors to its stand during the five day exhibition

The unveiling ceremony will take place at 11:00am on 08th of March, the opening day of ITB Berlin, at the airline’s stand in Hall 2.2 and will be attended by international media and guests of honour, including the Mayor of Berlin, Mr. Michael Müller and the Qatari Ambassador to Germany, His Excellency Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. Befitting of a truly global airline the unveiling will be live-streamed through Qatar Airways’ popular Facebook page. The ceremony will precede a noon press conference to be held at the CityCube during which international media will be briefed on the finer details of the new cabin design.
Visitors to the exhibition will be invited to relax in the new Business Class cabin, while sampling the hospitality offered by Qatar Airways at the airline’s booths 207 and 208 in Hall 2.2, home for the airline at this year’s exhibition.The ITB Exhibition is of even more significance this year in Germany as the State of Qatar celebrates the Qatar German Year of Culture, of which Qatar Airways is a proud sponsor. The year-long event celebrates the strong trade and business relations that exist between the two countries and follows on from partnerships between the Qatar and Japan in 2012, the UK in 2013, Brazil in 2014, Turkey in 2015, and China last year, 2016.

Qatar Airways, one of the youngest and fastest growing global airlines, is a leader in the aviation industry. The airline was awarded the World’s Best Business Class by Skytrax in 2016, and was recently honoured with five stars for its home airport and primary hub, Hamad International Airport.

Qatar Airways flies to daily to Entebbe and Kigali, using an Airbus A320 while the airline has just announced that their Nairobi flights will from 01st of October switch from the single aisle A320 to an Airbus A330-200 wide body aircraft.
In Tanzania does Qatar Airways serve Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.

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