African airlines urged to consider merger of national carriers to boost aviation

AFRICA – Some African countries are deliberating on merging their national carriers to take advantage of economies of scale and make them competitive in the global market. The talks also include eliminating visa fees within the continent, simplifying immigration rules, improving air connectivity infrastructure, and making airport charges affordable within Africa’s 54 countries. To boost Africa free trade and promote tourism sector that is reeling from the adverse effects of Covid-19 pandemic, big African airlines such as Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air and South African Airways have been urged…

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Africa’s aviation industry in danger of crumbling amid COVID-19, to shed 3.5m jobs in 2020 – IATA

AFRICA – Africa’s aviation industry and related industry is in danger of crumbling as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage economies, curtailing international travel which airlines heavily rely on for revenues. Data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) indicates that the impact of COVID-19 on Africa’s aviation industry and economies has worsened since its last review. According to IATA, Job losses in aviation and related industries could increase by up to 3.5 million. This represents more than half of the region’s 6.2 million aviation-related employment and 400,000 more than…

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