Browsing: Aviation industry in Africa

  • The open skies policy will allow foreign airlines to easily access national airports to boost tourism
  • In early July, aviation stakeholders resorted to testing the opening up of African skies during a conference held in Nairobi
  • Intra-Africa air connectivity still remains low, with African airlines accounting for 1.9 per cent of global traffic in 2021, down from 3.5 per cent in the 1980s
All airlines within East Africa will fly across the region without restrictions as Kenya and other partners pilot an open skies policy. The policy will allow foreign airlines to easily access national airports to boost tourism and develop the East African Community (EAC) as a potential regional hub.
Maureen Kahonge, the business development and communications senior manager at the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) said they chose EAC because its states were already in talks to harmonise various policies on taxation.
“We want to look on now

Traffic growth in Africa's aviation industry has been consistently increasing since 2011. The demand for air passenger services remained strong in 2018 with a 6.9 per cent year on year growth. Those positive results were supported by the good global economic environment particularly in the first half of 2018 

Then came the global pandemic early this year. It halted the aviation industry at a global level. No one was spared.  

According to African Airlines Association (AFRAA’s) Secretary General, Abderahmane Berthe the world is experiencing the adverse impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and the aviation industry is amongst the worst impacted.  

Also Read: What the Pandemic means for African Aviation Industry

“AFRAA is in solidarity with the rest of the world in collaborative efforts to support the airline industry during these difficult times,” he said adding that for African economies to recover, a vibrant aviation industry will be