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Rwandair halts direct flights to Uganda over spike in Covid-19 cases

Rwandair halts direct flights to Uganda over spike in Covid-19 cases

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Rwanda’s national flag carrier has indefinitely suspended flights to and from Uganda, as the latter grapples with a spike in coronavirus infections. “Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in Uganda, RwandAir announces the suspension of its flights to Entebbe [International Airport] effective June 10, 2021, until further notice,” RwandAir said in a statement late on Thursday. The airline advised affected customers to request a refund or rebook and fly at a later date once flights resume. A record 1,438 new infections were registered in Uganda on Thursday, bringing the cumulative tally to 56,949. The country’s COVID-19 death toll crossed 400 this week, with health authorities blaming the deteriorating situation on citizens’ refusal to comply with safety rules. On Monday, the g...
Private consortium takes over SAA with 51% stake, gov’t has 49%

Private consortium takes over SAA with 51% stake, gov’t has 49%

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South African Airways will now be 51% owned by a private consortium, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announced Friday. At a virtual press conference, Gordhan said "The government has agreed that the financial partner will hold 51% of the shares and the government 49%." The Takatso consortium consists of the pan-African investor group Harith Global Partners and the aviation group Global Aviation, Gordhan added. Africa's second-largest airline was placed on a safeguard plan in December 2019 to avoid bankruptcy. In April, the independent administrators in charge of its restructuring declared SAA solvent again. The 635 million euros restructuring plan was followed by a large-scale layoff plan. South Africa’s national airline was heavily indebted and unable to ...
Ghana’s VP urges AfCFTA Secretariat to implement open skies policy to ease travel

Ghana’s VP urges AfCFTA Secretariat to implement open skies policy to ease travel

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ACCRA, Ghana FILE PHOTO: Ghana’s Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia speaks at a past function. /VCG Photo Ghanaian Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has challenged the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, headquartered in Accra, to move quickly and implement an open skies policy for member states to ease travels and boost trade on the continent. Bawumia noted that easing air travel restrictions is key to realising the full benefits of the AfCFTA among member states. “Africans don’t want to see this (AfCFTA) as a paper oncI again signed. We want to see implementation. We want the quick wins. We want to see that this agreement is bringing real change on the continent,” he said. The free trade area is expected to create a market for over a billion people, with a...