Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Africa’s aviation sector recovery prospects looking up

The aviation industry prospects offer better prospects for recovery for African airlines than in the Middle East and Europe.

Analysis by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) shows that African airlines are on the upswing Trajectory after reopening 81.3 percent of its international routes. However, the subregional growth is different.

The analysis also shows that African airlines have been expanding their regional fleets since 2020, which enables deeper market penetration. Cargo capacity has also increased 33 percent since 2019, while cargo load factors have improved nine percent from pre-pandemic levels.

AFRAA Secretary General Abdérahmane Berthé, speaking at the 53rd Annual General Assembly and the Virtual Summit spoke on November 16 and 17, saying the recovery was critical to redefining the industry’s strategic plans for the next five years.

Need to reinvent

He urged African governments and airlines to reinvent and redefine their business models for a quick industry recovery. This includes financial support, the implementation of safe travel practices, the use of technology to define the “new normal” and the lifting of travel restrictions.

Stakeholders decide to engage with the African Union Commission, the African Civil Aviation Commission and the African Aviation Industry Group in March next year to deal with the sustainability and competitiveness of the continent’s air transport.

At another summit last month, executives from African airlines made recommendations for the consolidation of airlines to improve service and save loss-making careers. They recommended the concept of “Air Afrique”, which means equity partnerships between airlines or a group of investments, cooperation between airlines or the establishment of a new joint airline.

They also called for uniform implementation of regulations and synergies between Regulators, airlines and regional economic communities.

The Covid-19 pandemic cost the African aviation sector $ 8 billion in lost sales and more than seven million job losses in 2020.

The gathering called on African governments to provide much-needed financial support to African airlines and the aviation industry.

“This year’s gathering is an opportunity to rethink our industry and develop a resilient and sustainable outlook for the aviation industry ”Said Mr Berthé.