Aviation: Emirates carries 58m passengers in 2019 as capacity shrinks

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Emirates airline carried around 58 million passengers in 2019, down one million people (or 1.7 per cent) from 2018 when it carried 59 million passengers, as operations shrunk. The Dubai-based airline said on Tuesday it operated over 3,500 flights on average per week, or over 186,000 flights in 2019. This is down from the nearly 3,700 flights a week in […]

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News: What the United Arab Emirates can teach resource-rich countries in Africa

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By now, many observers are familiar with the broad outlines of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) economic story: a relatively small country rising above its region as a stand-out economic performer. By almost every major index — including the World Economic Forum Competitiveness Index, the World Bank’s Doing Business Index, and the Global Innovation Index — the UAE stands at […]

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Africa: Nigerian court orders detention of Emirates plane over $22K debt

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the detention in Lagos of an Airbus aircraft belonging to Emirates Airline over N8.1 million($22,103) judgment debt. The order was sequel to a motion filed by Dr Charles Mekwunye seeking for the enforcement of a Supreme Court judgment in a suit between Promise Mekwunye and the airline. The Vanguard reported that […]

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Africa: Emirates ‘among airlines in talks with Govt’

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Barbados has begun talks with several African and Middle Eastern airlines in a bid to bring travellers from fresh markets year-round, Minister of Tourism and International Transport Kerrie Symmonds has said. While divulging few details, he identified the Dubai-based Emirates, ranked by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as the world’s fourth-largest airline by scheduled revenue passenger-kilometres flown. It’s the […]

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Africa: Tanzania’s New Terminal 3 at Julius Nyerere Airport gets Accolades from Emirates

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Emirates Airlines Commercial Manager for East Africa, Hendrik Du Preez said in Nairobi last week that JNIA’s Terminal III is the new face of a rapidly growing aviation industry in the country. “A well-designed and constructed facility like Terminal III will boost the country’s aviation industry and contribute immensely to development and economic growth,” said Du Pereez who spoke to […]

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Africa: How Emirates and British Airways benefited from the capture of SAA- Ferial Haffajee

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Emirates planes out of Johannesburg to Dubai are always packed when I fly with them, from business class to the back of the plane, and they fly out multiple times a day. British Airways is the same story, with flights taking off out of Cape Town and Johannesburg to London regularly. The routes are money-spinners for the global players, and […]

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Africa: A Ghanaian flight attendant assaulted on Emirates and asked to proceed on leave without pay

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A 31-year-old man, who was on a flight from Los Angeles to Dubai when he assaulted an air hostess and behaved erratically, faced multiple charges at the Dubai Court of First Instance on Sunday. The Dubai public prosecution accused the Jordanian passenger – who works as a purchase PRO – of sexually harassing the Ghanaian hostess and physically assaulting her […]

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Aviation: Why soon you won’t be asked ‘chicken or beef?’ on Emirates flights

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The days of being asked “chicken or beef” on flights could soon be a thing of the past as airlines prepare to introduce pre-booked meal options. Emirates will introduce a service that will allow passengers to book their in-flight meal before travelling. This means that even travellers seated at the rear of the cabin will get their preferred option. Meals […]

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Aviation: Emirates flight licence to be delayed until KQ recovery

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Kenya is delaying a decision on whether to grant Emirates Airlines a third daily flight into Nairobi until the nationalisation plan for the troubled Kenya Airways is completed. Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary (PS) Macharia Kamau said Tuesday the move was meant to ensure future air agreements with other countries also take into consideration the position of the national carrier. “We […]

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