Great opportunities and challenges for African airlines
19 November 2012
Creamer Media's Engineering News - Aviation is a key enabler for the development of international trade and tourism for and within Africa, highlighted South African Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba in his keynote address to the forty-fourth annual general assembly of the African Airlines Association (Afraa) in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, on Monday.
Air transport was especially important because of the "vast lack" of road and rail infrastructure on the continent, he pointed out. There was "great potential" for intra-African trade.
"It has been said that the global economy has been going through extraordinarily difficult challenges," Gigaba stated. "The challenge to Africa is to seize the opportunities, as we are one of the growing regions in the world, with seven out of the ten fastest-growing economies in the world in Africa."