pcloudyn.png
Saturday January 18th, 2020 1:10AM

Air safety warnings around key African hub during strike

By The Associated Press

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Air traffic officials in East Africa are warning of risky conditions for flights in the region around Ethiopia's international airport after air traffic controllers there went on strike over pay.

Addis Ababa is home to state-owned Ethiopian Airlines, which calls itself Africa's largest carrier. The city is a diplomatic hub as the African Union headquarters and a commercial center in the capital of one of Africa's fastest-growing economies.

A Kenya Air Traffic Controllers' Association official, Peter Ang'awa, confirmed to The Associated Press that "issues of concern have been raised by professionals in the industry. We have raised those issues."

An International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations safety bulletin says air controllers indicate that aircraft are entering the adjacent Nairobi and Khartoum airspaces "in an uncoordinated manner." It says aircraft may not be receiving appropriate instructions.

Ethiopia's civil aviation chief, Wosenyeleh Hunegnaw, confirmed to the AP that Kenya and Sudan have raised concerns about the safety of inbound and outbound flights in Ethiopia but called the allegations "totally unfounded and an utter lie."

All of the claims have been assessed case by case based on radar data, he said.

"Air traffic controllers across the world have the tendency to collaborate in a show of solidarity when issues related to benefits and pay are raised, and we have informed this to the international civil aviation body," Wosenyeleh said.

Ethiopian air traffic controllers began the strike on Monday after disputes over pay and calls for more employment benefits. The average monthly salary for an air traffic controller is around $540.

"They will not achieve their goal by sabotage," the civil aviation chief said.

He said retired air traffic controllers, some brought in from other countries and current employees working overtime are handling the situation.

___

Associated Press writer Rodney Muhumuza in Kampala, Uganda contributed.

___

Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP_Africa

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP World News, AP Business
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
DeVos: No plans to take action on funding to arm teachers
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she has "no intention of taking any action" regarding any possible use of federal funds to arm teachers or provide them with firearms training
8:20AM ( 30 minutes ago )
A topsy-turvy day of NAFTA talks ends with plans to resume
Talks to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc are to resume this coming week with the longtime allies divided over such issues as Canada's dairy market and U.S. efforts to shield drug companies from generic competition.
8:17AM ( 32 minutes ago )
Balloon poking fun at Mayor Sadiq Khan flies over London
A giant balloon depicting London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a yellow bikini has been launched over Parliament Square in the ceremonial heart of the city
8:11AM ( 38 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Palestinians condemn US ending funding for UN refugee agency
Spokesman for Palestinian president says the American decision to cut funding for the U.N. agency aiding Palestinian refugees is "an attack on the rights of the Palestinian people"
7:14AM ( 1 hour ago )
US ambassador: Victims in Amsterdam stabbing are Americans
The U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands says that two people stabbed in an attack at the Dutch capital's main railway station on Friday are both American citizens
6:45AM ( 2 hours ago )
Indonesia announces surprise bid for 2032 Olympics
Indonesia's president says his country will bid to host the 2032 Olympics following the success of the Asian Games held there over the past two weeks
6:41AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP World News
AP sources: Former spy said Russia had 'Trump over a barrel'
Justice Department lawyer was told Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump "over a barrel" during the 2016 presidential campaign
6:33AM ( 2 hours ago )
California approves measure to pass on wildfire costs
The California Legislature has approved a measure allowing higher electricity bills to help utilities pay off lawsuits stemming from last year's deadly wildfires
2:44AM ( 6 hours ago )
Both sides prepare for marathon confirmation hearing
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and senators are preparing for next week's grueling confirmation hearing
1:38AM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Business
DeVos: No plans to take action on funding to arm teachers
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she has "no intention of taking any action" regarding any possible use of federal funds to arm teachers or provide them with firearms training
8:20AM ( 30 minutes ago )
A topsy-turvy day of NAFTA talks ends with plans to resume
Talks to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc are to resume this coming week with the longtime allies divided over such issues as Canada's dairy market and U.S. efforts to shield drug companies from generic competition.
8:17AM ( 32 minutes ago )
Balloon poking fun at Mayor Sadiq Khan flies over London
A giant balloon depicting London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a yellow bikini has been launched over Parliament Square in the ceremonial heart of the city
8:11AM ( 39 minutes ago )
The Latest: Beatty, Russian dissident are McCain pallbearers
It's an interesting list of pallbearers who are set to serve at John McCain's memorial service at Washington National Cathedral
8:07AM ( 43 minutes ago )
Bach: No Olympic future for esports until 'violence' removed
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach isn't certain if or when esports might be incorporated into the Olympic Games
8:04AM ( 46 minutes ago )