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25-04-2013 Panapress 


The average growth of air transport in Africa could reach 5.2 percent in 2013 against 5.1 percent in 2012, according to the Secretary General of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), Elijah Chingosho. 

"The huge growth potential of the African continent stimulate the development of air transport and the average growth, which stood at 4.5 percent in 2011, reached 5.1 pc in 2012 and could be 5.2 pc in 2013 ' , stated inter alia Mr. Elijah Chingosho during an exchange with the press in Brazzaville. 

According to him, during the past eight years, air traffic in Africa has increased annually by an average of 8.75 pc. 

Europe remains the main destination for intercontinental flights and 56 pc concentrates traffic, but trade with the Asia-Pacific region are set to grow. 

In addition, the Secretary-General of AFRAA called on African governments to demonstrate their commitment to the liberalization of air transport by reducing taxes. 

He spoke with various Congolese authorities that issue, he considered a major barrier to access to air transport for the majority of the population obstacle. 
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To this also add the lack of cooperation between African airlines, high and fluctuating fuel prices contributing to the high price of the ticket and the security level. 

Elijah Chingosho insisted that the question of the level of safety is taken seriously and asked to engage with the European Union (EU) on the prohibition of many African airlines to operate in that airspace. 

Mr. Chingosho announced that Equatorial Congo Airlines (ECAIR) aviation company was now a member of the governing body of AFRAA. 

Founded in April 1968 AFRAA educates many African governments and organizations on the importance of developing an efficient air transport in Africa.


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Information has been received from aviation sources in Kinshasa and confirmed by the Brussels Airlines PR department, that the Belgian national airline, arguably the European carrier with the most extensive network to Africa, has now apparently reached a deal with Kinshasa based private carrier 'Hewa Bora Airways' to form a 49/51 percent joint venture. The Congolese partner airline is already cleared to fly their B767 to European destinations, unlike all other Congolese airlines which are blacklisted by the EU over their lack of safety, maintenance and operational standards. They new venture will in the future also cover domestic and probably other continental routes (Eastern and Southern Africa), likely with the Boeing 737 and BAe 146 aircraft, which Brussels Airlines has been releasing from service some time ago and been seeking to place with their planned African ventures. It has been emphasized that JAR / EASA standards will be applied to the company across the board to ensure the safest possible operation for the new airline. This should come as a great relief to traveling Congolese and foreigners visiting the country.

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The new board of directors and management, now in place for a few months, have vigorously embarked on a recovery programme for the Tanzanian national airline. It is understood, that while partnerships are not being ruled out, but at equitable terms unlike the failed alliances in the past, the airline is set to acquire new aircraft and will reclaim its status as 'the' Tanzanian airline. Both domestic as well as regional routes are likely to be restored soon, having left the field for too long to Kenya Airways' Tanzanian partner airline Precision Air. Entebbe is presently being served three times a week from Dar es Salaam via Kilimanjaro / Arusha but plans are afoot to restore daily flights. It was also learned that the planned daily flights on jet aircraft by Precision Air to Entebbe have been shelved for some more time in favour of continued ATR operations, which would avail a prime opportunity to Air Tanzania to re-establish itself as the main carrier between the two countries

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The Dubai / UAE based investment firm has recently announced its intent to acquire a majority stake in a yet to be named African airline. The continent's aviation business has been thriving in recent years and safety initiatives like IATA's operational safety audits have further assisted in making aviation not only safer but also more interesting to global investors. Pretenders have always been sniffing around African airline to pick up bargains, but with governments now generally more wary and alert to non performers, the arrival of such serious investors, as Istithmar obviously are, can only spell positive for the aviation industry on the continent. Taking aviation in the Gulf area as an example (Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Oman Air to name a few), which is now offering the youngest fleets in the skies and the biggest backlog in state of the art aircraft orders, anyone now coming into Africa with ageing equipment and outdated management practises will be promptly exposed for what they are, less than serious 'partners' in developing Africa and best to be shown the door.

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