The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) concluded its 51st Annual General Assembly hosted by Air Mauritius with a call for enhanced intra-African Connectivity through collaboration among African airlines in order to better tackle key challenges they face and grow their market share through intra African networks.
The Assembly, which brought together leading airline CEO’s and air transport decision makers and stakeholders, extensively examined ways to achieve success in an integrated and interconnected Africa to establish an environment where aviation can thrive and prosper.
Mr. Abdérahmane Berthé, AFRAA Secretary General said: “Stakeholders have underscored that the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) are major opportunities for our region, but we need profitable and globally competitive airlines in order to reap the dividends. We are certain that the insights and partnerships from our 2019 AGA will contribute to the momentum towards a stronger aviation industry in Africa.”
In his report, Mr, Berthé noted that in 2018 AFRAA member airlines expanded their networks on both intra-Africa and intercontinental routes. Six AFRAA member airlines launched a total of 23 new routes connecting 14 intercontinental destinations and 9 cities within the continent.