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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) Aug 8, 2010

Afriqiyah Airways Afriqiyah Airways launched a four-times-weekly Tripoli[ETH]Lyon service. Jul 26, 2010

Austrian Airlines Austrian Airlines plans to resume four-times-weekly Vienna-Baghdad service aboard an A320 Oct. 31 pending a flight safety analysis. Aug 2, 2010

Comair It was confirmed last week that Comair, the franchisee for British Airways in South Africa and also operator of low-cost airline Kulula.com, will commence flights into Dar es Salaam from November of this year. The airline is set to fly five times a week between Johannesburg and Dar, the limit set under their present licence granted by TanzaniaOs air transport licensing body, and Comair already stated their intent to eventually operate daily flights. It is presently not entirely clear if the flights will be operated under Kulula.com or under ComairOs British Airways franchise, but intending passengers will probably not mind that at all as long as added options for flights are put on the market at affordable fares. Aug 4, 2010

Egypt Air News from Juba confirmed that Egypt Air, a member of the global Star Alliance, will commence flights between Cairo and Juba via Khartoum in early August. Information received indicates that initially two flights a week, on Wednesday and Friday, will route from Cairo via Khartoum to Juba before returning the same way back to Egypt. The Egyptian government has offered the southern government in Juba an aid package worth USD300 million for infrastructure projects, but there have been concerns in the southern political establishment over Egypt's constant lobbying towards a vote against independence in January next year. More than likely, this is being done to avoid having another country to deal with when it comes to negotiations over the Nile waters, already at a deadlock with the East African water producer countries upstream. The arrival of Egypt Air on the Juba aviation scene has been broadly welcomed, as after Ethiopian and Kenya Airways, this is the third major African airline now adding Juba to their Africa network. There were some resentments, however, expressed to this correspondent that the flight would have to route via Khartoum, which several of those spoken with coined "unsafe for us southerners when traveling abroad ... they could pick us off the flight any time, and we [would] rather go via Entebbe [with Air Uganda] or via Nairobi or Addis." Aug 1, 2010

Emirates Airlines Emirates said it has rounded off a series of European route launches by starting flights to Madrid. EK 141 took off, Aug. 1 for the airlineOs 104th destination, creating the only non-stop, scheduled passenger link between Dubai and Spain. OMadrid is our third new European route this year, and together they bring an extra 42 flights per week in and out of the region,O said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates' senior vice president, commercial operations, Europe & Russian Federation. Amsterdam was Emirates' first new route into Europe in 2010, launching on May 1. Prague followed on July 1....

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