Mauritius to launch services to China; Air Zimbabwe orders striking pilots to return to work

Mauritius stated air services to China will open shortly, with Air Mauritius (0%) planning to operate the services following negotiations between the countries. Mauritian officials also reportedly held discussions with Hainan Airlines Company.

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Air Zimbabwe ordered (approximately 40 striking pilots return to work in 24 hours or face legal disciplinary action. The pilots went on strike on 08-Sep-2010 demanding payment of their salary and allowances which were cut off in Feb-2009. The pilots claim they were being paid USD1,200 rather than their full salaries of USD2,500. The carrier has begun hiring aircraft and pilots from South African private airline Quaries, to cover its schedules.

Middle East and African shares were mostly stable with Kuwait National airways, Kenya Airways, Jazeera, Air Arabia, Royal Jordanian and 1time steady while Comair (-0.5%) share lost ground and Lonrho (+4.8%) gained.

Selected African and Middle Eastern airlines share price movements (% change): 10-Sep-2010