Africa Business Namibia World 

Air Namibia ceases operations as it files for liquidation

– – Namibia’s national carrier Air Namibia has suspended all operations, leaving hundreds of workers without jobs. The airline is cancelling all of its flights and grounding its aircraft with immediate effect. In a statement Air Namibia asked all affected customers to cancel reservations and request refunds. The state owned newspaper the New Era reported that more than 600 employees are being sent home by the airline. It had been a cabinet decision to file for voluntary liquidation, the paper said. – – Employees will receive a basic salary for the next 12 months but…

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Africa North Africa World 

Israel and Morocco begin historic first regular flight

– – Morocco and Israel have started historic first scheduled flight between the two nations effective Tuesday. Israel and Morocco less than a month ago agreed to normalise relations between them. Passengers on the El Al plane for the first flight included White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, who reportedly played a key role in brokering the peace agreement. The US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman was also on board the flight. The plane for the flight is emblazoned with the word “peace” in Arabic, Hebrew and English. – –…

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Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

Flights from South Africa banned over Covid-19 variant

– – Flights from South Africa have been banned by five countries following news of the discovery of a new variant of coronavirus which has sparked high cases. Germany, Turkey, Israel, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia are among the countries that have banned flights from South Africa. Germany was one of the first nations to announce the ban with officials justifying it. “Because of the reported coronavirus mutation, the federal government intends to restrict travel options between Germany and Great Britain and South Africa,” said Government Spokesperson Martina Fietz. Israel also…

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Kenya’s Main Airport Resume Domestic Flights After Fire

Segeni Ngethe/AP Photo Passengers at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport are safe and the entire facility is being evacuated, the Nairobi-based Kenya Airports Authority said in a statement on its Twitter feed today, after a fire broke out at the arrivals terminal. Kenya’s main airport resumed cargo and domestic flights and may reopen international routes tomorrow after a fire razed the arrivals terminal and shut sub-Saharan Africa’s fourth-busiest air-transport hub. State security agencies are investigating the cause of the blaze that broke out at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at about 5 a.m.…

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