Sunday, May 13, 2018

Air travel is connecting Africa

The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) is a Trade Organisation open to membership of airlines of African States.  
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the global trade association of airlines. 

RELATED: Former African Airlines Association (AFRAA) Managing Director, Dr Chingosho is optimistic about the future of African aviation which he says is promising given the growing African economies, a growing population, increasing urbanization, a growing middle-class, and young, technology savvy workers. Read more here

RELATED: Last year Ethiopian Airways, Kenya Airways and South African Airways, three top airlines on the continent, sold two-thirds of the estimated 9.2 million seats purchased for travel within sub-Saharan Africa. The remaining one-third was spread among more than a dozen smaller carriers such as Nigeria-based Arik Air, Air Mauritius, and RwandAir...
Yet while more flights are linking big cities than they did are decade ago, most airlines based in sub-Saharan Africa are losing money due to stiff competition from Gulf, Turkish and European carriers on transcontinental routes...
To make the air travel industry profitable, African countries need to liberalise air traffic, according to IATA and the African Union. As far back as 1999, 44 countries agreed in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire (the Yamoussoukro Decision) to deregulate air services and promote the opening of regional air markets to transnational competition. Read more here.

RELATED, January 2018: The African Union (AU) has launched the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) as it hopes to capitalise on the benefits brought by air transport. It is hoped that a single aviation market, launched yesterday at the AU Summit, will help promote trade, cross-border investments and create an additional 300,000 direct and 2m indirect jobs.  Read more here

RELATED: More airlines from African countries are expected to begin frequent flights into Nigeria in the coming months following the inauguration of the Single African Air Transport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...
Industry sources stated that the restrictions on frequency of flights, capacity, route and ports of entry, and the 5th Freedom Traffic Right had been lifted... 
"Nigeria is simply not ready to handle the level of unfair competition that the full implementation of SAATM will bring upon the country...
Industry sources, however, stated that there would be no going back on the open skies agreement. Read more here.

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1 comment:

t said...

There are 27 airports in Nigeria. Of these, there were eight (8) which recorded fewer than 1000 flights in 2017.
Murtala Muhammed International Airport retained its position as the busiest airport in the country. In 2017, it recorded 62,872 domestic flights and 27,698 foreign flights.
All the Nigerian airports recorded a total of four million passengers in 2017 on foreign flights and 10.3 million passengers on domestic flights.

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