Demand for international tourism remained robust in 2016 despite challenges. International tourist arrivals grew by 3.9% to reach a total of 1,235 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Some 46 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled internationally last year compared to 2015.
Aviation Africa, which takes place in Kigali, Rwanda on 22-23 February 2017, has announced the first aircraft that will be displayed at the event will be a Gulfstream G280 from Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace.
Bombardier Business Aircraft has announced its Service Centre Network has completed over 200 96-month heavy inspections on Challenger business jets.
Ethiopian Airlines will launch seven new destinations within five months during the 2017 calendar year.
Ali Ahmed Alnaqbi, founding chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), has been elected Vice Chairman of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) Governing Board.
AlSat Nano - a joint Algerian Space Agency and UK Space Agency nanosatellite mission - has captured and downloaded its first full colour image.
Tunisia's Express Air Cargo has taken delivery of its maiden aircraft, reports ch-aviation.
A LAM Mozambique Airlines is believed to have been hit by a drone while landing at Tete Matundo Airport.
Comoros' Int'Air Îles will tentatively commence its Dzaoudzi to La Réunion via Moroni Int'l service from January 23, reports ch-aviation.
Kaleyesus Bekele gets the IATA perspective on the state of the African airline industry.