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Africa Aviation Outlook: Cooperation, liberalisation and protectionism


As African governments sought a path to successful locally-based airline operations, some attempted to gain the benefits of scale and coverage by forming joint airlines. With a good deal of support from European governments and flag carriers, two early examples of airlines jointly representing the interests of neighbouring countries shared resources, costs and – hopefully - the profits. [2083 words]

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  • Many African nations have concluded Open Skies agreements with the US – but not with each other
  • 2. The dilemma: protectionism or liberalisation – or both?
  • 3.  Better to look for international partnerships and liberalise intra-regionally
  • In the end the market will have its way; but infrastructure will be found wanting

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  • African nations with Open Skies agreements with the US
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