New agreement will connect passengers to West Africa destinations
Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, and Africa World Airlines (AWA), the Ghanaian airline headquartered in Accra, have announced a one-way interline agreement whereby Emirate customers can connect onto selected routes of Africa World’s Airlines’ network, opening up new African destinations for Emirates customers from May 2019.
“The agreement between Emirates and Africa World Airlines underpins our commitment to provide greater connectivity across West Africa via the selected domestic and regional routes of Africa World Airlines”, said Orhan Abbas, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Africa.
“Africa World Airlines is proud to partner with Emirates in order to connect passengers through our hub at the new Terminal 3 in Accra. Customers will enjoy seamless connections at the premier gateway to the West African region as a result of this new agreement”, said Sean Mends, Chief Operating Officer for Africa World Airlines.
Passengers on Emirates’ network can now benefit from greater connectivity to West Africa, especially those travelling from popular inbound markets such as Dubai, China, India and Australia who can now connect from Accra onto AWA flights to Kumasi, Tamale and Sekondi-Takoradi in Ghana; and regional destinations Monrovia in Liberia and Freetown in Sierra Leone.
Emirates passengers can choose from seven weekly flights from Dubai to Accra until 2nd of June, 2019, when Emirates will increase services on the route to 11 weekly flights. The agreement with AWA will further extend Emirates’ connectivity from Accra with up to ten flights daily daily to Kumasi, four flights each to Tamale and Takoradi and six weekly flights to Monrovia and Freetown.
Between Dubai and Accra, Emirates operates the Boeing 777-300ER, one of the most technologically advanced and efficient aircraft in the world. The aircraft’s advanced wing design, efficient engine and light structure makes more efficient use of fuel. This means significantly less emissions than similar aircraft, making it one of the most ‘green’ long commercial aircraft types. Passengers in all cabin classes can enjoy Emirates’ award-winning entertainment on ice – the airline’s in-flight entertainment systems that offers 4,000 channels of in-flight entertainment. Customers will also enjoy complimentary beverages and regionally inspired meals, as well as the warm hospitality of the airlines’s multi-cultural cabin crew. Passengers can also stay connected to family and friends during the flight with up to 20MB of complimentary Wi-Fi.
Africa World Airlines (AWA) is Ghanaian airline based in Accra. AWA started opertions in 2012 and now operates a fleet of 8 all-jet aircraft across 8 destinations throughout Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with services to Cote D’Ivoire planned to commence in May 2019. AWA is the only IATA member airline registered in Ghana, and maintains IOSA certification, the global gold standard for aviation safety.
Egypt to launch shipping lines in Africa
CAIRO – 15 July 2019: Suez Canal Authority Chairman Mohab Mamish stated on Monday that Egypt is preparing to launch shipping lines connecting Egypt with other African states in a move that will serve to boost African exports to all world countries.
Mamish made the announcement when he received a delegation of African media people who are visiting Egypt to learn about the mega and development projects being established in the country.
Later on, a documentary was aired to give an overview on the recent projects accomplished in the Suez Canal Axis. Those include the New Suez Canal, and the SCzone that now houses $20 billion of investments, which are targeted to be $55 billion within 15 years. That is in addition to the inauguration of a vocational training center to qualify labor working in the SCzone plants. The center cost €22 million.
Afterwards, the delegation went on a cruise in Suez Canal and visited the tunnels extending beneath the Canal to connect the eastern and western shores of the Canal.
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) was officially launched in the extraordinary African Union (AU) summit that took place earlier this month. Egypt is currently chairing the AU.
Cargo handled by Kenya’s Mombasa port up 6% in eleven months to May
MOMBASA, March 21, 2018 (Xinhua) — A container is unloaded from a ship in Mombasa Port, Mombasa, Kenya, in this file photo taken on Jan. 10, 2017. Kenya’s main port of Mombasa handled 6.3% more cargo in the last eleven months thanks to higher efficiency. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo) (rh)
MOMBASA – Kenya’s main port of Mombasa handled 6.3% more cargo in the last eleven months thanks to higher efficiency, a surge in imports and greater capacity after the port was expanded, the facility’s management said on Monday.
Deutsche Post DHL Group, UNDP and OCHA boost natural disaster preparedness at Madagascar’s Toamasina International Airport
The program developed by Deutsche Post DHL Group, UNDP and OCHA, with the support of WFP, aims to better prepare airports to handle the sudden surge of incoming relief goods
TOAMASINA, Madagascar, May 21, 2019 – Deutsche Post DHL Group, the leading mail and logistics company, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) country office and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) team up with National Bureau for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC – Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes) and Toamasina International Airport (Aéroport de Madagascar – ADEMA) to conduct a four-day disaster preparedness workshop called Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) from May 20 to 24, 2019. Held at the Toamasina International Airport in Madagascar, the program developed by Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL Group), UNDP and OCHA, with the support of WFP, aims to better prepare airports to handle the sudden surge of incoming relief goods, should a major natural disaster strike.
“Preparedness measures to respond to disasters must improve airports readiness to manage emergency humanitarian assistance, even in the worst chaotic scenarios. Only in this way humanitarian workers could properly do their work, and the country will be able to save as many lives as possible and allow aviation to meet humanity’s and sustainable development goals” noted Ms. Marie Dimond, UNDP Resident Representative for Madagascar.
Chris Weeks, Director of Humanitarian Affairs at Deutsche Post DHL Group: “Using our logistics expertise and the partnership with UNDP, we have in collaboration run GARD workshops in nearly 50 airports across 25 countries and trained more than 1,200 people at airports around the world. The GARD workshop allows us to work with authorities to increase the surge capacity of airports after natural disasters. It also helps to improve the overall coordination across various organizations involved in relief efforts when a disaster hits.”.
Yves Andrianaharison, Country Manager, DHL Madagascar, said, “During natural calamities, the Airport becomes the center for international support after a natural disaster has hit. The GARD program is coordinated jointly with the national stakeholders – from airport authorities to emergency services such as the special mobile force, police helicopter squadron as well as the security manager. It is therefore vital to prepare all relevant stakeholders to be able to work hand in hand in this situation and to develop a contingency planning that will respond well to an emergency and its potential humanitarian impact”.
Madagascar is prone to natural disasters and in particular to cyclones. As such, it is imperative the plans be developed to support the airport to be able to support natural disaster management response. The workshop will bring together representatives of all aspects of airport operations, the National Bureau for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC), United Nations agencies as well as representatives of national civil aviation authorities.
The GARD training is strongly supported by the BNGRC and ADEMA, greatly facilitated by OCHA and UNDP country office, three of whom were the main stakeholders involved in the request of Madagascar to be part of the list of countries in which GARD workshops have been run.
“The lessons learned from the experiences of Madagascar in the emergency management of the immediate aftermath of the disaster caused by tropical cyclone ENAWO (2017), have highlighted the necessity of improving the capacity international airports of the country. The main expected outcome from this GARD workshop is to be detailed in a disaster preparedness and response plan along with relevant protocols and procedures for these international airports of Madagascar in order to support them become the vital hubs for the entry and exit points through which all relief efforts are undertaken. At the same time staff from BNGRC and the authorities at International Airport are trained in the necessary protocols and know-how to swiftly respond and face efficiently in case of dramatic situation and potential emergencies,” explains Colonel ELACK Olivier Andriankaja, the Executive Secretary of BNGRC.
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