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  L  Capacity constraints in a growing world: Understanding capacity challenges from an African mindset 
March 20, 2024. International Airport Review.

Ekelem Airhihen, Assistant GM for the Federal Airports Authority for Nigeria (FAAN), discusses capacity challenges for airports across Africa. He gives an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing air traffic, including migration and sociological workforce issues. Read more...

  L  Kenya scraps eTA fees for seven countries 
February 20, 2024. Tourism Update.

Kenya has abolished fees to apply for its new Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) for travellers from seven countries, including the key source market of South Africa. The eTA came into effect at the start of 2024, ostensibly as a part of President William Ruto’s promise of providing visa-free entry to travellers from all countries globally. Read more...

  L  Malawi eases inbound access with visa waiver 
February 12, 2024. Dale Hes for Tourism Update.

With more African nations opening their borders, Malawi’s government has gazetted the latest list of countries that will not need a visa for entry into the country. These are in addition to citizens who are from SADC and Comesa, or who are holders of a laissez-passer document for SADC, Comesa, the UN, AU, and AfDB, as well as all diplomats and government officials, reports Voyages Afriq. Read more...

  L  Visa openness improves between African countries 
January 26, 2024. Tourism Update.

Africa is making strides in its visa openness policies which the African Development Bank (AfDB) says bodes well for cross-border travel, ease of movement, and trade in 2024 and beyond. The Africa Visa Openness Index 2023, published this week by the AfDB, reveals progress since the 7th edition of the report was published in December 2022. Read more...

News / 2023  

  L  Fastest growing economies in 2024? It's all about Africa 
November 28, 2023. Cem Perdar for The New Times.

According to the World Bank predictions the African countries are expected to grow the most in 2024 

As we approach the end of 2023, statistics for 2024 are being shared on many economic platforms. In many global markets, where significant ups and downs were experienced in 2020, the fact that big economies also have big problems was once again displayed before our eyes. In addition, we also face the fact that medium and low-sized economies, which are among many developing countries, will make significant moves and start 2024 with serious growth expectations. Read more... 

  L  African airline funds trapped in some countries 
November 24, 2023. Southern Africa's Freight News.

Vital unrepatriated funds from a number of African countries, amounting to $1.68 billion, are currently trapped in Africa which is hampering the development of the aviation sector on the continent, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). 
    Speaking at the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) 55th Annual General Meeting in Entebbe, Uganda, Iata’s regional vice president of Africa and Middle East, Kamil Al Alwadi, said the trapped funds had hit $1.68bn at the end of September. Read more...

  L  Free routing airspace in Africa inches closer to reality after successful trial 
November 4, 2023. Airspace Africa.

Cooperation, collaboration, and commitment of stakeholders, including CANSO, AFRAA, IATA, ICAO, and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), made free routing flights a reality for the first time in Africa on 2 November 2023. In the Free Routing Airspace (FRA) Trial kick-off workshop, participants coordinated with all relevant operational services and secured approvals for the two trial flights. Shortening the flight time, flights ET935 and KQ 508 operated safely outside the existing routes directly from Addis Ababa to Abidjan and Nairobi to Accra, respectively. Read more...

  L  IATA joins forces with FAA, ICAO & more to improve aviation safety in Africa 
June 23, 2023. Tatenda Karuwa for Simple Flying.

Safety is one of the critical areas of the Focus Africa initiative

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is launching a new program to enhance safety in the aviation industry. The Collaborative Aviation Safety Improvement Program (CASIP) will significantly reduce the rate of accidents and fatal incidents across the continent. 
    The program is part of the IATA Focus Africa initiative and was first announced in Addis Ababa in the presence of most African aviation stakeholders. Focus Africa is meant to enhance aviation's contribution to the continent's development, and safety is one of the critical areas that must be addressed. Read more... 

  L  African Airlines: Sustainability Comes After Survivability 
June 20, 2023. Tatenda Karuwa for Simple Flying.

Aviation stakeholders have been working together for several years to reduce the impact of air travel on the environment. Sustainability has been the top priority, with airlines, airports, and manufacturers investing millions in research, new aircraft technology, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), and other emission reduction initiatives. Although it is a top priority, not every airline can afford to invest the same funds to implement these environmental solutions. It is even more difficult in Africa, where carriers face significantly high operating costs due to insufficient infrastructure and a weakening economic climate. Read more...

  L  5 reasons why Africa is the new “It Travel Destination” for 2023 
April 16, 2023. Forbes.

The recent Colour your World: Africa Travel Week Trend Report [pdf] released during the World Travel Market Africa conference in Cape Town outlines the key reasons that Africa is ready to hit (and maybe even exceed) its pre-Covid stride. Read more...

  L  Count down begins for Africa’s Travel Indaba 
April 4, 2023. Travel Daily News.

A new look Africa’s Travel Indaba is set to re-energise delegates from across the world when the show takes place in Durban from 8 to 11 MayRead more...

  L  Africa's logistics sector set to deliver results as free trade agreement kicks in  
March 21, 2023. WEF News.

Intra-African trade has long struggled to cope with the continent's inadequate logistics and freight sector. But, as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement kicks in, freight and logistics are expected to see an influx of investment to cater for a wider economic expansion on the continent. 
    African logistics have struggled to cater to the continents growing population and dynamic private sector for far too long. New research suggests that is about to change — and the benefits for the continent’s wider economy could be transformative.s. Read more...

  L  Tanzania defers SAATM accession  
January 16, 2023. CH Aviation News.

Tanzania will not join the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) in the next five years, according to the country's Permanent Transport Secretary Gabriel Migire. 
    "Liberalisation of African skies is a good idea, but we need to open it strategically. Let's give ourselves five years to pave the way to preparing local operators to compete fairly..." Read more...

  L  African airline recovery hinges on infrastructure, innovation and partnership  
January 8, 2023. Siphokuhle Mathe for BusinessDay.

Issues of fuel costs and interest rates are among the challenges in unlocking the industry’s potential on the continent

Intracontinental trade excites futurists surveying investment opportunities in Africa. Central to ensuring investment opportunities are seized, individual countries and private capital partners start feasibility studies by looking at the infrastructure landscape. Regarding trade across borders, the transport sector is key to unlocking these opportunities. Read more...

  L  Addressing aviation’s value chain in Africa  
January 3, 2023. Kelvin Osa Okunbor for The Nation.

As global air transportation recovers from the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, regulators on the continent’s value chain are sizing up the landscape for air transportation as authorities look into issues erecting a clog to growth. Read more...