Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and read the latest Travel News from Africa.
Have you heard that the launch of Nigeria Air has been suspended? Did you know that Hilton is on track to more than double its footprint in Africa? And that Emirates has joined Ghana in making aviation history.
From hotel openings to new airline routes, we’ve rounded up the most exciting Travel News from Africa for this month…
Nigeria Air launch suspended
The Nigerian government this month confirmed the suspension of the launch of Air Nigeria.
In a Twitter post, Nigeria’s aviation minister, Hadi Sirika said: “I regret to announce that the Federal Executive Council has taken the tough decision to suspend the National Carrier Project in the interim. All commitments due will be honoured. We thank the public for the support as always.”
Protea Hotels by Marriott opens new hotel in Uganda
Protea Hotels by Marriott has announced the opening of the new four-star Marriott Naguru Skyz in Kampala, Uganda.
The 141-roomed property will assist to meet the demand for hotel space in the city. The hotel offers a variety of room types, including one Presidential suite. The hotel has a strong business focus, with 13 boardrooms and two conference rooms that can each provide for 150 delegates, as well as a business centre.
Hilton on track to more than double its footprint in Africa
Hilton has announced it is on track to more than double in size in the next five years.
The hotel group recently opened Legend Hotel Lagos Airport, Curio Collection by Hilton – the company’s first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in Africa. The hotel is adjacent to the airport’s private jet terminal and has an exclusive immigration and customs desk in the hotel for private jet passengers. This is Hilton’s first hotel in Lagos and its second in Nigeria, with an additional seven hotels in its development pipeline for the country.
Hilton is seeing strong demand for its brands across the continent and expects to open eight hotels in total across Africa this year, three of which will fly under the Hilton Garden Inn flag. The company further expects to open at least 16 Hilton Garden Inn hotels in the coming five years, including brand entries in Kampala, Ghana, Malawi, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) and many other strategic locations across sub-Saharan Africa.
Emirates joins Ghana in making aviation history
The Emirates A380 aircraft made a historic touch-down at the Kotoka International Airport’s Terminal 3, as a one-off service to the new terminal. The airline’s flagship double-decker has become the first-ever scheduled A380 service to Ghana, demonstrating the airport’s readiness to accommodate the A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger jet.
The special Emirates A380 flight was operated by Accra-born Ghanaian, Capt Solomon Quainoo and UAE national, First Officer Faisal Alhammadi.
New routes into Africa…
A great number of new route across Africa have been announced in the last month:
Qatar Airways has announced that it will launch direct flights to Kenya’s second city, Mombasa, opening up the country’s coasts to international holiday-makers. The new four-times weekly service will be Qatar Airways’ second Kenyan destination, in addition to existing flights to Nairobi.
South African Airways (SAA) has increased frequency to Luanda, Angola. The two extra weekly flights commenced on 9 September 2018, and have brought SAA’s total weekly operations between Johannesburg and Luanda to four flights per week.
Kenya Airways has announced it will add an additional two flights to Cape Town, effective 20 November. The additional two flights will result in five non-stop flights a week operated by a Boeing 737-800.
Turkish Airlines has confirmed that it will introduce a twice-weekly service between Lusaka and Istanbul in December. The Turkish flag carrier will service the Lusaka route via Dar-es –Salaam with flight arrivals on Mondays and Thursdays commencing 13 December, while departures from Lusaka will be on Tuesdays and Fridays.
TAAG Angola airline and Portuguese TAP are preparing to increase weekly flights between Luanda and Lisbon, based on an air transport agreement between Angola and Portugal.
A new codeshare agreement between Air Madagascar and Air Austral will link Fort Dauphin-Tulear, south of Madagascar, and Saint-Denis, Reunion. The twice-weekly flights will operate, on Mondays, utilising one of Air Austral’s B737-8, and Fridays aboard the B737-8 of Air Madagascar.
Air Namibia increased flight frequencies from five to six on the Windhoek – Gaborone – Durban route effective, this week and to daily effective 28 October.
Emirates has upgraded the Abuja route’s operating aircraft to a Boeing 777-300ER from the 777-300 classic.