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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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IATA identifies concerns in Africa that must be addressed for a better aviation system

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has pegged a steep rise in the size of Angola’s air transport market. IATA says that by the year 2036, Angola’s aviation market would be catering to 7.1 million passengers. The figure is projected from the annual growth rate of 6.7%. The IATA said that faster growth could still be even attained if Angola would open its market and prioritize participation in Africa’s efforts …

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Ethiopian Airlines finalizes agreement with Zambia for relaunch of Zambia Airways

Ethiopian Airlines revealed that it has finalized a shareholders agreement with Zambia for the relaunching of Zambia Airways. The said agreement would see the Government of Zambia own majority of the shares at 55% while Ethiopian Airlines would get the remaining 45% stakes. Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, said: “In line with our Vision 2025 multiple hubs strategy in Africa, we are delighted that the discussions with the Zambian …

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