Kenya Airways rejoins African Airlines Association; Lonrho climbs; 1time slips


African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and Kenya Airways (-1.0%) announced during trading that the airline has rejoined AFRAA, after a six year absence, following a meeting between AFRAA Secretary General, Nick Fadugba, and Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO, Dr Titus Naikuni.

  • Kenya Airways rejoins the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) after a six-year absence.
  • The decision to rejoin AFRAA is seen as a significant step in the relationship between Kenya Airways and AFRAA.
  • Kenya Airways' share price experienced the biggest fall among tracked carriers.
  • Lonrho's share price increased significantly, compensating for a previous drop.
  • Air Arabia and Royal Jordanian Airlines saw gains in their share prices.
  • The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) launched a new strategic business information service covering the Middle East and Africa aviation markets.

The carrier withdrew its membership from the association six years ago, "due to its principled views on certain issues", according to Dr Naikuni.

AFRAA Secretary General, Nick Fadugba, stated the rejoining of Kenya Airways was symbolically significant, adding, "it marks the beginning of a new chapter in the KQ and AFRAA relationship". Dr Naikuni meanwhile stated the decision by Kenya Airways to reactivate its membership of AFRAA is a fulfillment of an earlier promise that KQ will come back once the leadership of AFRAA changed. He said following the assumption of office of the new Secretary General, on 18-Feb-2010, and the confidence KQ has in his leadership, the airline decided to reactivate its membership. He noted that Mr Fadugba's coming to AFRAA marks a new chapter in the history of this important organisation and pledged his airline's support to AFRAA's efforts towards achieving its goals.

The carrier experienced the biggest fall in share price for the day of the carriers tracked by CAPA.

Also in Africa, Lonrho (+10.6%) more than made up for a drop in share price the day prior, while 1time Holdings (-0.9%) slipped. Comair was flat.

In the Middle East, Air Arabia (+2.1%) and Royal Jordanian Airlines (+1.1%) gained.

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Selected African and Middle Eastern airlines share price movements (% change): 26-Feb-2010

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