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24-May-2016 3:02 AM

IATA calls for African governments to prioritise aviation development

IATA called (23-May-2016) on African governments to prioritise the development of aviation nationally and at a pan-African level to bolster economic growth and development. The aviation industry in Africa is expected to expand at an average of nearly 5% p/a over the next 20 years. IATA noted the following key elements essential to air transport development in Africa:

  • Safety: IATA called on African governments to improve safety oversight and adopt IOSA and ICAO's safety-related standards and recommended practices (SARPs). Only 21 African countries recorded at least 60% SARPs implementation as of the end of Jan-2016;
  • Connectivity: IATA urged all African nations to expedite implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision, which is expected to stimulate economic growth and development with at least five million additional passenger journeys p/a;
  • Infrastructure development: IATA noted a lack of engagement with airlines prior to development, leaving carriers burdened with paying for excessive and unsustainable development costs. The association said cost-effective and appropriate infrastructure development is critical to the sustainability and expansion of African aviation and consultation and collaboration among airlines and their infrastructure partners during planning and development is crucial;
  • Fuel surcharges: IATA urged African governments to address excessive fuel surcharges, which can make fuel purchases in Africa up to 20% more expensive than the global average. Airlines operating to Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana and Kenya are particularly affected by above market fuel costs;
  • Sustainability: IATA urged all African governments to support a successful agreement on a global market-based measure for reducing carbon emissions at the 39th ICAO Assembly in 2016.

IATA regional VP for Africa and the Middle East Hussein Dabbas said: "Aviation has the potential to be a much greater strategic catalyst for growth if governments would stop milking the industry for taxes and enable it with smarter regulations focused on safety and the development of connectivity." [more - original PR]

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