International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEO and Director General Alexandre de Juniac appealed to African states to acknowledge aviation’s capacity to spark economic progress.
“Africa is the region with the greatest aviation potential but punitive taxes and high infrastructure and fuel costs are curtailing air transport’s benefits on the continent,” bemoaned de Juniac.
“The African aviation industry loses $1.50 for each passenger it carries, with many airlines struggling to break even. Governments should be aware that Africa is a high-cost place for aviation, taxes, fuel, and infrastructure charges are higher than the global average,” he added.
While Africa’s safety record has shown improvement in 2016 with no reports of passenger deaths or jet hull losses in Sub-Saharan Africa, Juniac cautioned that not being able to comply with standards such as the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) would hinder the region’s safety campaign.
“Performance statistics for IOSA show that the accident rate of the 33 IOSA registered carriers in Sub-Saharan Africa is half that of carriers not on the registry. That’s why I urge African governments to use IOSA in their safety oversight,” de Juniac stressed.