African Union (AU ) urged African leaders to establish a single air transport market
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, said the Liberalisation of Air Transport Markets in Africa and the move towards the creation of a single African aviation market should be accelerated to meet the continental boday’s Agenda 2063.
Zuma made the remarks after meeting a delegation of the African Airlines Association to discuss the importance of the aviation sector in the socio-economic transformation of the continent.
During the meeting, Dr. Dlamini Zuma said connecting Africa through aviation and other transport infrastructure is critical to integration, intra-Africa trade, as well as to tourism, economic growth and development more generally.
“The sector is also an important creator of jobs and critical skills on the continent. The aviation sector is strategic for the implementation of Agenda 2063,” Zuma said.
In the engagement with the Chief Executives, the airlines noted that discussions on African open skies have been on-going for the last two decades, culminating in the adoption of the Yamassoukro Decision by African Heads of State and Government in 2000.
Researches said over the last decade, with sustained economic growth on the continent, a growing middle class and more tourists and businesses coming to Africa, the delays have been at Africa’s peril, with loss of market share by African airlines, from 60% in the early 90s to under 20% at present.