Air transport in Africa may grow by 5.2 percent in 2013, against 5.1 percent in 2012, according to Mr. Elijah Chingosho, Secretary General of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA).
“The huge growth potential of the African continent stimulates the development of air transport and the average growth, which stood at 4.5 percent in 2011, reached 5.1 per cent in 2012 and could be 5.2 per cent in 2013,” Mr. Chingosho told journalists in Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo.
According to him, during the past eight years, air traffic in Africa has increased annually by an average of 8.75 per cent.
Europe remains the main destination for intercontinental flights with 56 per cent of the traffic.
In addition, the AFRAA Secretary General called on African governments to demonstrate their commitment to the liberalisation of air transport by reducing taxes.
Mr. Chingosho also called for dialogue with the European Union (EU) on the ban slammed on many African airlines from plying the European airspace.
He disclosed that Equatorial Congo Airlines (ECAIR) aviation company has now joined AFRAA.
AFRAA was established in April 1968 in Accra, Ghana as a Trade Organisation open to membership of airlines of African States. It currently has 40 members.