News & Industry Affairs/Africa news
- Cape Town Air Access aims to grow US, West Africa and South America direct route connectivity
March 14, 2019. Selene Brophy, Traveller24. The Cape Town Air Access (CTAA) project, aimed at improving connectivity to the Mother City, will be looking to develop three core hubs for future connectivity - these specifically being to the West Africa, US, and South America specifically.
Forming the focal point for proactive international air route development in Cape Town and the Western Cape, the initiative has already launched 13 new routes and facilitated 19 route expansions since their inception in 2015. This has doubled seat capacity at Cape Town International Airport, adding 1.5 million two-way seats to the Cape Town network, contributing and estimated R6 billion in direct tourism spend since July 2015. Read the original article here...
- The African aviation industry is still growing
March 4, 2019. James Geldenhuys, BizComm. Source: www.bizcommunity.com. Africa comprises 2.2% of the global market in terms of Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK), which measures actual passenger traffic. This might be a small number on a global scale but is certainly substantial on its own.
According to Boeing's recent Market Outlook, 1190 new aircraft with an expected value of $170bn will be needed over the next 20 years. This bodes well for the continent in spite of the challenges facing Africa's aviation industry. The overall state of air travel and aircraft finance on the continent remain positive, with many carriers weathering the political and economic storms of the past few years very well. Read the original article here...
- Africa on the cusp of an aviation boom?
February 20, 2019. Pratap John, Gulf Times. Continent Africa comprises some 54 countries. Africans total more than 12% of the global population, but surprisingly they make up only 3% of the world’s air travellers.
Africa has 731 airports and 419 airlines with an aviation industry that supports around 6.9mn jobs and $80bn in economic activity, data show. And according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Africa is set to become one of the fastest growing aviation regions in the next 20 years with an annual expansion of nearly 5%. Read the original article here...
- Single air transport market essential for African air cargo sector
February 20, 2019. Rebecca Campbell, Engineering News. The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative, which has so far been signed by 28 countries, is of great significance for the continent's air transport sector.So affirmed participants in a panel discussion at the Air Cargo Africa 2019 conference and exhibition.
"SAATM is a very important initiative," stated Kenyan airfreight airline Astral Aviation founder and CEO Sanjeev Gadhia. "It is the initiative that is going to save the air transport industry in Africa." He pointed out that the continent was divided by what he called "walls in the sky", with many African countries shutting out carriers from other African countries. "This is a continent that is disconnected." Read the original article here...
- Africa: Underdogs Threaten Africa's Darling Airlines
January 17, 2019. Njenga Hakeenah, The Exchange (Dar es Salaam), AllAfrica news. A battle for African skies is brewing as competition becomes tougher for darling and established airlines.
Many African countries remain inaccessible to the majority of Africans due to the expensive air travel occasioned by few airlines. To address this challenge, many budget airlines are coming up to fill the gap that premier airlines have not been able to fill.
The latest entrant is the start-up Green Africa Airways which has signed the largest yet aircraft agreement from Africa with American airplane manufacturer Boeing. Read the original article here...
- Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders 2018 report
Air transport supports 6.2 million jobs and $55.8 billion in African economic activity168. That is 1.8% of all employment and 2.6% of all GDP in African countries in 2016. Download ATAG's Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders 2018 report.
- Here’s how to make Africa’s aviation industry soar
January 9, 2019. Hassan El-Houry, World Economic Forum news. Africans make up 12% of the world’s population but only 2.5% of the world’s passengers. So why is there such a gap? Africa has 731 airports and 419 airlines with an aviation industry that supports around 6.9 million jobs and $80 billion in economic activity.
According to IATA, Africa is set to become one of the fastest growing aviation regions in the next 20 years with an annual expansion of nearly 5%. While it is evident that aviation in Africa has the potential to fuel economic growth, several barriers exist. Weak infrastructure, high ticket prices, poor connectivity and lack of liberalization are some of the many challenges. Read the original article here...
- Air Namibia's West Africa route opens the intra-African sky
July 6, 2018. AASA news. Namibia's national carrier, Air Namibia has launched new flights to Ghana and Nigeria. With Windhoek as the hub, and Lagos and Accra the destinations, the new route opens up intra-Africa travel and trade between Southern Africa and West African countries.
The new route will also transport passengers and cargo from Lagos-Accra-Lagos, made possible by the fifth freedom traffic rights granted to Air Namibia by the Ghanaian and Nigerian Governments, as contained in the existing Bilateral Air Service Agreements. Read more...
- IATA, AFRAA sign MoU to Advance Aviation in Africa
June 3, 2018. IATA news. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the African Airline Association (AFRAA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to deepen their cooperation. The MoU was signed by Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s DG and CEO and AFRAA’s SG, Abderahmane Berthé at the 74th IATA AGM held in Sydney. Read more...
- African airport capacity critical to prosperity
April 17, 2018. ICAO Africa news. Addressing African aviation and government leaders at the Airports Council International’s (ACI’s) 2018 Africa Regional Conference in Lagos, Nigeria, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu highlighted the continent’s rapidly-expanding air traffic and capacity will only be sustainable through the continued development and modernisation of its airports, as well as local aviation infrastructure.
"The industry here generates positive impacts on tourism and trade, directly and indirectly supporting 6.8 million jobs and generating 72.5 billion US$ in GDP, but due to the more recent and effective focus on air transport liberalisation, many African hub airports are now expected to exceed their capacity by 2020," Dr. Aliu stated. Read more...