IATA reports benefits of liberalising African aviation

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By admin July 10, 2014 14:39

IATA reports benefits of liberalising African aviation

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has published a report setting out the potential social and economic benefits of intra-African air service liberalisation.

The report by economic consultants InterVISTAS, outlines the benefits that would be seen if 12 African nations were to implement the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision.

The 12 nations in the report are: Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda. The Yamoussoukro Decision committed 44 signatory countries to deregulating air services and to opening regional air markets to transnational competition. The implementation of this agreement has been slow, and the benefits have not yet been realised.

IATA DG and CEO Tony Tyler said: “This report demonstrates beyond doubt the tremendous potential for African aviation if the shackles are taken off. The additional services generated by liberalisation between just 12 key markets will provide an extra 155,000 jobs and $1.3 billion in annual GDP. A potential five million passengers a year are being denied the chance to travel between these markets because of unnecessary restrictions on establishing air routes.”

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