REPORT: Unpacking the complexities of
African aviation connectivity and
infrastructure development challenges
The African region makes up at least 12% of the world´s total population and yet only constitutes 2.5 % of the global passenger air traffic [OECD, 2018]. The African region is supported by 731 airports and only 430 operating airlines catering for so such a large population.
However, air travel in Africa is still characterised by high fares, lack lustre service performance and poor connectivity within intra-route networks and further exacerbated by weak airport infrastructure. This perception will soon become historical evidence as the equation of economic progress starts to tilt, signaling positive compounded annual growth rate of at least 5%.
According to the International Air Transport Association IATA , Africa is set to become the world´s fastest aviation growing market in the next 20 years. But, what lies underneath this growth trajectory are some complexities that may impede even faster growth. Although these growth projections are optimistic, challenges and complexities may impede faster progress.
Download the report below by Dr Eyden Samunderu, a leading expert in the area of air transport which further details these impediments.
The podcast episode also complements the report and discusses further the relative merits of privatization, consolidation and collaboration and the infrastructure conundrum: "build it and they will come or wait for the demand to grow?"