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AviaDev Insight is the first podcast dedicated to the African aviation industry.

We bring prominent industry voices to the table to establish the "ground truth" in an informal and candid fashion.

The podcast was created by Jon Howell, Founder and Managing Director of AviaDev Africa, Africa's premier event dedicated to developing air connectivity.

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Sep 18, 2023

This episode is the first of a new format that focuses on sub-Saharan African air route development, with a specific focus on routes that are due to start or cease in the next quarter. We also have a rumour mill section focusing on those routes that could be on the horizon.

My guest for this podcast is aviation consultant, analyst and commentator, Sean Mendis, who brings over 20 years of experience in the industry, including stints managing airports, commercial airlines, and also cargo airlines in Africa and the Middle East.

In this episode, we cover: 

Upcoming New Routes in next quarter:

  • Safair to Maputo (4x week), Livingstone (4x week), Harare (daily) and Victoria Falls (3x week) (early October).  
  • ASKY to Nairobi (01 October) (3x week) and has recently launched Luanda (3x week)
  • Uganda Airlines to Lagos (3xweek)  (19th October) / Mumbai (7th October) (3xweek)
  • Flynas from Riyadh and Jeddah 3 x weekly each starting in October
  • Air Peace to Jeddah via Kano from October

Other routes announced:

  • Flydubai to Mombasa in January (4 x weekly)
  • Brussels Airlines to Nairobi next summer (6 x weekly) and daily on Kigali 

Rumour Mill:

  • Emirates to return to Nigeria
  • United Nigeria Airlines gets designation to the US, UK, Netherlands and elsewhere
  • Uganda Airlines to Saudi Arabia
  • Malawi teasing Kigali, Pemba and Nampula

Thanks to everyone out there for joining us. You can connect with or follow Sean on LinkedIn here

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