African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has declared 2018 to be the year of open skies in aviation.
Mahamat emphasized his bold statement some more by confirming that the Single African Air Transport Market – an Agenda 2063 flagship project – would be launched on the margins of the African Union Summit.
The event is being held on January 25 to the 28th in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This initiative is actually a follow-up to the Yamoussoukro Declaration of 1999.
“Twenty three Member States have pledged their solemn commitment to the Single Air Market, the implementation of which will increase the number of routes, reduce the cost of air travel and contribute to the expansion of intra-African trade and tourism,” said Mahamat in his New Year’s message, which was posted on the AU website.
“I call on all Member States that have not yet done so to join this important initiative.”