Top 5 notable news of the week in the transport sector in Africa

Top 5 notable news of the week in the transport sector in Africa
Top 5 notable news of the week in the transport sector in Africa

(Ecofin Agency) – Every weekend, the Ecofin editorial team reminds you of the main news of the week in the African Transport sector, as well as their implications.

Senegal: 11 injured including 4 serious in a plane accident at Blaise Diagne airport in Dakar

A B737-300 chartered by Air Senegal from the private company Transair was involved in an air accident which left 11 injured at Blaise Diagne airport in Diass, during the day of Thursday, May 9. The aircraft leaving for Bamako with 79 passengers on board left the runway during takeoff.

Bangui Airport in the Central African Republic: management of ground handling changes hands

In the Central African Republic, the National Civil Aviation Agency announced the termination of the management contract at Bangui M’poko international airport awarded in January 2023 to the Ivorian company International Handling Services (ITHS). This ground handling contract which included, among other things, reception, check-in, boarding/disembarkation, loading/unloading operations, is re-awarded to the multinational AHS which had already managed the operation of the facilities from 2009 to 2022.

Kenya wants to set up fund to repair roads damaged by floods

In Kenya, the government announced the establishment of a fund to renovate roads and bridges damaged by floods created by the torrential rains which fell on the country for weeks and which caused several hundred deaths.

According to the chairman of the National Assembly’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee, George Kariuki, assessment of the destroyed infrastructure is underway, and repairs are expected to begin once the rains stop.

Announcements of a blockage of the export of Nigerien oil by Benin (Media)

According to certain media sources, the Beninese government notified in a letter addressed to the China National Petroleum Corporation, in charge of managing the Niger-Benin pipeline, and to the Chinese ambassador to Benin, its decision to block any vessel assigned to transport Nigerien oil through the port of Sèmè-Kpodji. No official Source commented on this news until this morning around 10 a.m.

Information reported by the press associates this situation with Niger’s unilateral blockade of its border with Benin, even though the Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted the sanctions which isolated the Sahelian country.

Ethiopian Airlines expects traffic growth of at least 30% for the current financial year

Ethiopian Airlines expects to end the 2023-2024 financial year, which will close next June, with a 30% growth in its passenger traffic, revealed its CEO Mesfin Tasew. A perspective supported according to him by new routes and a rebound in international travel.

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