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Africans remain divided on issue of Single African Air Transport Market

The African Union (AU) launched the much talked about Single African Air Transport Market in spite of harsh criticism from member states and African airlines. The AU officially launched SAATM at the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union that was held at its headquarters in Addis Ababa late last month. The new Chairman of the AU and President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, remarked that the …

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Nigeria: Airline operators call for level playing field in Single African Air Transport Market

Airline operators have requested the Federal Government to produce a level playing field for airlines that would allow the full benefits of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM). Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) Executive Chairman, Captain Nogie Meggison, remarked that Nigerian airlines could only take full advantage of the said policy if the government placed the onus on the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) to see to it that …

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Liberalizing African skies for African airlines

Aviation is an engine for economic development; and in the case of Africa, it supports 7 million jobs whilst contributing more than 70 billion to GDP. However, compared to the rest of the world, the numbers are very low. Aviation in Africa is an essential and irreplaceable transport service. This though is well identified by the African government African airlines are shrinking and non African airlines are growing.

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IATA Welcomes Single African Air Transport Market but Says Effective Implementation is Key

Source: IATA.org (Press release) Addis Ababa – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the launch of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative by the African Union (AU) to open up Africa’s skies and improve intra-African air connectivity. Enhanced connectivity will stimulate demand, improve the competitiveness of the African airline industry, and make air travel more accessible. In turn, this will enable higher volumes of trade, expanded tourism and growing …

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African states launch Single Aviation Market

Twenty-three African states have launched a single aviation market in an effort to improve connectivity, lessen fares and fuel economic growth on a continent that has earned the notoriety as being one of the most expensive and tedious to fly around. Some of the more prominent African nations that signed on to join the initiative are South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Thirty years after the idea was first broached, the …

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Airline Operators of Nigeria reject proposed African open skies

The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has spurned the proposed Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) and then, urged the Federal Government to not sign any treaty that would impact the future of Nigeria. Capt. Nogie Megisson, the Chairman of the AON, explained that the country needs to establish a policy that would aid local carriers first before even discussing the possibility of open skies. Megisson made the comments during …

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African Union Commission prepares to launch much-anticipated Single African Sky

The African Union Commission is set to launch the very first African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 Flagship project – the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) –in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. The historic event will happen on January 28 on the fringes of the African Union Summit, almost two full decades after the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision was adopted by African nations. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, the Commissioner for Infrastructure …

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Kenya: Tourism stakeholders call for faster adoption of open skies policy

Hoteliers in the region are calling for the open skies policy to be adopted more quickly. The urgent call comes a few weeks before the launching of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) on January 28 at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The implementation of the SAATM is being welcomed by air travellers as it is expected to lower to cost of air travel on the …

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Malawi Airlines welcomes move by African Union to liberalize air market

Malawi Airlines, through its publicist, Joseph Josiah, has said that the biggest winners of the African Union’s (AU) move to liberalize the air transport markets are the customers. The AU is set to liberalize and unite the African air transport markets by the end of the month. This can ease flight connections between member states. This would also allow carriers from other countries to operate in other members’ countries without …

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Single African Air Transport Market to be launched during African Union Summit

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 …

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