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Ghana, Nigeria to resume international flights
Airlines

Ghana and Nigeria are set to reopen their borders to international travel on 29 August and 1 September, respectively. While Nigeria reopened its domestic travel network on 8 July (after shuttering all airports on 21 March), international flights are set to be phased in gradually. Al Jazeera reported yesterday that Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika plans

South Korea formalises finishing touches for first aircraft carrier
Airlines

Responding to growing concerns about a sneak attack crippling its land-based air base infrastructure, South Korea has released further details about plans for the nation’s first aircraft carrier based on the existing Dokdo Class vessels, with power projection missions also on the cards. As both China and Japan surge ahead with plans to build potent aircraft

Ceiling of newly-built Islamabad airport collapses amid torrential downpour
Airlines

The structural integrity of the newly-built Islamabad International Airport has been called into question, after a false ceiling collapsed under torrential rain. Monsoon rain – which has battered much of the country over August – struck the Pakistani capital early Friday morning, causing damage to concourse halls, domestic arrival lounge, CIP lounges and international departure

Belgium scores sign-off on SkyGuardian FMS approval
Airlines

  Belgium’s acquisition of four General Atomics unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has been brought forward, with the US foreign military sales (FMS) committee signing off on a US$188.9 million contract. Announced late last week by the Department of Defense (DoD), four MQ-9B SkyGuardian drones will be delivered from California to the low-lying European nation for

Ryanair cuts 20% of September-October capacity, cites travel restrictions
Airlines

Dublin-based ULCC Ryanair has announced plans to cut capacity for September and October by as much as 20 per cent, as major European nations reintroduce restrictions. “These capacity cuts and frequency reductions for the months of September and October are necessary given the recent weakness in forward bookings due to COVID restrictions in a number

El Al chairman steps down, cites medical issues
Airlines

Eli Defes, chairman of El Al Israel Airlines, announced on Sunday that he has stepped down immediately because of an undisclosed medical condition. While it remains unclear who will replace the 66-year old, who has held the post since 2017, frontrunners for the promotion include the airline’s two vice chairpeople: Yehuda Levy and Tamar Mozes-Borovitz.

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