Top three take-away lessons from the Suez Canal blockage
Top three take-away lessons from the Suez Canal blockage

Direct implications for maritime security are unlikely. But there will be ripple effects in the shipping industry and in many commercial sectors...

By Dirk Siebels 30 Mar 2021

When 1 in 3 users are tourists, that changes the bike-share equation for cities
When 1 in 3 users are tourists, that changes the bike-share equation for cities

Bike-share programmes don't just cater for residents. When tourists use them too, that greatly increases the value the whole community gets from these bikes.

23 Mar 2021

Made in Africa conference aims to drive Pan-African prosperity
Made in Africa conference aims to drive Pan-African prosperity

The inaugural Made in Africa Conference and Expo, a large virtual gathering and showcase for African buyers and sellers, will take place on 13 and 14 April...

26 Feb 2021

IATA training initiative to help laid-off airline cabin crew members re-enter the job market
IATA training initiative to help laid-off airline cabin crew members re-enter the job market

The International Air Transport Association training course will be offered free of charge for those who register before 23 February...

10 Feb 2021

Global air cargo demand drops by 10.6% in 2020
Global air cargo demand drops by 10.6% in 2020

Twenty-twenty was one of the worst years for air cargo demand since performance monitoring began in 1990...

4 Feb 2021

Vaccine delays reveal unexpected weak link in supply chains: A shortage of workers
Vaccine delays reveal unexpected weak link in supply chains: A shortage of workers

The shipment of goods to suppliers has become technologically sophisticated. Delays in getting out the Covid-19 vaccine to people show that the breakdowns come down to something more basic...

By Anna Nagurney 11 Jan 2021

Global air travel demand grinds to a halt in November
Global air travel demand grinds to a halt in November

According to Alexandre de Juniac, IATA's director-general and CEO, this is because governments responded to new outbreaks with even more severe travel restrictions and quarantine measures...

11 Jan 2021

Transport, freight bodies call on government to heed lessons from Beitbridge chaos
Transport, freight bodies call on government to heed lessons from Beitbridge chaos

The Federation of Eastern and Southern African Road Transport Associations (FESARTA) and the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) have called on government for a public-private partnership (PPP) to prevent future disasters similar to the chaos...

31 Dec 2020

Make drones sound less annoying by factoring in humans at the design stage
Make drones sound less annoying by factoring in humans at the design stage

We've devised a way to factor in noise annoyance levels in drone design...

By Antonio J Torija Martinez 23 Dec 2020

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Governments to consider aviation workers as essential for vaccination

"We are not asking for aviation workers to be on top of the list, but we need governments to ensure that transportation workers are considered as essential when vaccine roll-out plans are developed."

18 Dec 2020

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Health digitises Covid-19 screening at ports

The Health Department will launch the Covid SA travel system, a digital screening platform that allows travellers to complete the required travel health questionnaire on their personal devices ahead of their arrival at ports of entry...

10 Dec 2020

Call for removal of blanket quarantine regulations in air traffic
Call for removal of blanket quarantine regulations in air traffic

The Board of Airline Representatives in Germany supports the demands of numerous international associations and companies for an immediate termination of the current blanket quarantine regulations in air traffic...

9 Dec 2020

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Governments urged to follow global guidelines on crew testing

The International Air Transport Association and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations have jointly called on governments to follow the International Civil Aviation Organization Council Aviation Recovery Task Force guidelines to exempt crews from Covid-19 testing that is applied to air travellers...

8 Dec 2020

Global trade connectivity rebounds, signals recovery from Covid-19 setback
Global trade connectivity rebounds, signals recovery from Covid-19 setback

Trade and capital flows have already started to recover and international data flows surged during the spreading pandemic as in-person contact migrated online, boosting international internet traffic, phone calls and e-commerce...

7 Dec 2020

Worried about Covid risk on a flight? Here's what you can do to protect yourself - and how airlines can step up
Worried about Covid risk on a flight? Here's what you can do to protect yourself - and how airlines can step up

Airline health advice has so far mostly focused on staying hydrated and avoiding deep vein thrombosis. What passengers really want, however, is free hand masks, hand sanitiser and more space between passengers...

By Ramon Zenel Shaban and Cristina Sotomayor-Castill 24 Nov 2020

Ships moved more than 11bn tonnes of our stuff around the globe last year, and it's killing the climate. This week is a chance to change
Ships moved more than 11bn tonnes of our stuff around the globe last year, and it's killing the climate. This week is a chance to change

It's high time the international shipping industry radically curbed its emissions. The industry must set a net-zero target and adopt a realistic plan to meet it...

By Christiaan De Beukelaer 18 Nov 2020

How The Plane Project is improving basic healthcare for thousands of Africans
How The Plane Project is improving basic healthcare for thousands of Africans

Using aviation as a tool to empower, enrich and enhance the lives of the underprivileged, non-profit organisation, The Plane Project is ensuring continued access to essential healthcare services and basic needs items, against the backdrop of the global Covid-19 pandemic...

9 Nov 2020

World Travel Awards announces Africa 2020 winners
World Travel Awards announces Africa 2020 winners

World Travel Awards - the global initiative to recognise and reward excellence in travel and tourism - has unveiled its Africa 2020 winners to coincide with its inaugural Africa Winners Day.

9 Nov 2020

Restrictions in trade to contain Covid-19 have been devastating for Africa's urban poor
Restrictions in trade to contain Covid-19 have been devastating for Africa's urban poor

Trade routes have been significantly disrupted this year in efforts to contain Covid-19. The effects of this are already showing: global growth is set to contract by 4.9%...

By Astrid R.N. Haas and Victoria Delbridge 27 Oct 2020

2020 global online holiday sales predicted to grow 30% - Salesforce
2020 global online holiday sales predicted to grow 30% - Salesforce

Digital sales are expected to hit all-time highs and lead to strained shipping capacity as retailers grapple with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic...

21 Oct 2020

Research points to low risk for Covid-19 transmission inflight
Research points to low risk for Covid-19 transmission inflight

"The risk of a passenger contracting Covid-19 while onboard appears very low. With only 44 identified potential cases of flight-related transmission among 1.2 billion travellers..."

15 Oct 2020

Looming cash crisis threatens global airline industry
Looming cash crisis threatens global airline industry

The slow recovery in air travel will see the airline industry continuing to burn through cash at an average rate of $5 to $6bn per month in 2021.

7 Oct 2020

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IATA calls on governments to reopen borders and sustain airline relief measures

"What is killing aviation is the fact that governments are not managing the risks of opening borders. Instead, they are keeping global mobility effectively in lockdown. And if this continues, the damage to global connectivity could become irreparable..."

4 Sep 2020

Do you know where your coffee comes from? The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of knowing about our supply chains. Here, a woman carries harvested coffee beans in a coffee plantation in Mount Gorongosa, Mozambique, in August 2019. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
The coronavirus pandemic requires us to understand food's murky supply chains

Six months ago, you may not have thought much about where your groceries were produced. But chances are you're thinking about it now...

By Cory Searcy and Pavel Castka 6 Aug 2020

African airlines report 13.8% decline in air cargo demand
African airlines report 13.8% decline in air cargo demand

The data shows an improvement in global and regional air cargo demand, however, at a slower pace than some of the traditional leading indicators would suggest...

28 Jul 2020

Global disruption can have local implications
Global disruption can have local implications

The global impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had not only on public health, but on business, cannot be underestimated...

By Soromfe Uzomah 27 Jul 2020

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi receives Great Road Builder Award
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi receives Great Road Builder Award

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has been named this year's winner of the Babacar Ndiaye Great Road Builder Award...

15 Jul 2020

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IATA traveller survey reveals Covid-19 concerns

Travellers are taking precautions to protect themselves from Covid-19 with 77% saying that they are washing their hands more frequently, 71% avoiding large meetings and 67% having worn a facemask in public...

10 Jul 2020

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Global airline passenger demand shows slight improvement in May

African airlines passenger traffic sank 98.2% in May against improved demand worldwide...

3 Jul 2020

The African Continental Free Trade Area - from agreement to implementation
The African Continental Free Trade Area - from agreement to implementation

The Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was brokered by the African Union (AU) and adopted by 44 of its 55 member states on 21 March 2018. By February 2019, all AU countries, save for Eritrea, had become signatories to the AfCFTA, which came into force on 30 May 2019...

By Robyn Berger, Theunis Claassen and Catherine Robson 30 Jun 2020



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