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United picks Cape Town for resumption of African services

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United Airlines (UA, Chicago O’Hare) has announced that it has applied with the US Department of Transportation for authority to launch 3x weekly service linking its New York Newark hub with Cape Town starting from December 15, 2019.

If approved, the service would be operated with United’s B787-9s and become United’s only service to the African continent since 2016, when it terminated its daily Houston Intc’lLagos flights. United also used to serve Accra until 2012.

According to the ch-aviation capacity module, Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) and South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) are currently the only two carriers linking the United States directly with South Africa. Delta operates a daily B777-200 service from Atlanta to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo, while SAA operates daily from New York JFK to Johannesburg using A340-600s.

Using a mix of A330-200s and A330-300s, South African Airways also links Washington Dulles with Johannesburg on a daily basis with two weekly services stopping at Dakar Blaise Diagne Int’l and five operating via Accra.

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Egypt to launch shipping lines in Africa

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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.

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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.

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Cargo handled by Kenya’s Mombasa port up 6% in eleven months to May

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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.

The rise in cargoes came despite uncertainty after 75 tax agency staff including customs workers were arrested last month over allegations of fraudulent clearance of merchandise among other charges.
 
Mombasa, a gateway to east and central Africa, processes imports and exports for Kenya and several other countries including Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Burundi.
 
Cargo handled by the port was up 6.3% to 29.8 million tonnes in the eleven months ending May this year compared to the previous period, data released by the port’s management showed.
 
“The positive performance was mainly driven by increased handling (of) cargo for Uganda, D.R.C and South Sudan,” Daniel Manduku, the port’s managing director, said in a report.
 
Container traffic increased by 13.1% to 1.27 million Twenty feet equivalent units (TEUS) over the eleven-month period while cargo destined for other countries was up 10%.
 
Mombasa port underwent expansion works in 2012 that included construction of a new container terminal and dredging to enable bigger vessels access to the port. The first phase of the expansion project partially-financed by Japan was inaugurated in 2016.
 
Kenya is also building a second port in Lamu, north of Mombasa, with a capacity of 23 million tonnes per year.
 
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Deutsche Post DHL Group, UNDP and OCHA boost natural disaster preparedness at Madagascar’s Toamasina International Airport

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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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