PUBLISHER’S NOTE

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

The year 2021 is rounding off with slow recovery in Africa’s economy and aviation industry. While this is expected, the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the pre-existing challenges in the industry make it necessary for aviation and health stakeholders in Africa to work more cohesively now to quicken Africa’s recovery and growth.

At this critical stage of Africa’s aviation evolution, opening up African markets to African airlines and improving the operating environment in Africa are prerequisites for the success of other interventions that need to be applied going forward in the industry.

Safe re-opening of borders, financial support to African airlines and a more collaborative approach among aviation institutions in Africa, as outlined in several high-level online industry meetings especially the 53rd AFRAA AGA and the YD-Day 2021 held mid-November 2021, are also some of the most crucial measures needed to facilitate Africa’s recovery.

No doubt, Africa must take leadership in driving solutions to Africa’s challenges; though global aviation institutions reiterate their strong support to the continent’s air transport liberalization and development in the areas of safety, security and environmental performance; and the European Union recently re-stated its readiness to work with the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAF) to facilitate successful implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), drawing from their experiences in the implementation of the Single European Sky (SES) so far.

As the study commissioned by the African Union (AU) on the benefits of SAATM to the 55 African States conducted by IATA and InterVISTAS has been published, we urge States to re-double their efforts towards realizing these benefits by the immediate implementation of SAATM. So far, 35 States representing over 80% of Africa’s aviation market have signed the SAATM Solemn Commitment; while 18 out of these States have further signed a Memorandum of Implementation to remove restrictions in existing Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASAs) that are contrary to the YD.

Moreover, African airlines are making tremendous efforts to upgrade their fleets with new aircraft acquisitions announced at the Dubai Airshow in November. We commend Afrijet, Ibom Air, Air Tanzania, among others making these huge investments and commitment in Africa. During the year, several African airlines have equally commendably entered into various partnerships and commercial agreements with African airlines which are essential for the successful execution of the SAATM; further agreements have also been achieved with foreign airlines for the growth of the economy.

We, therefore, urge African governments to reciprocate the efforts of these airlines by removing excessive taxes and renewing aviation infrastructure, while also facilitating multi-sector collaboration between aviation and finance, agriculture, national planning, among other government ministries.

Governments must realize the multiplier effect on their economies of enabling more African airlines excel, as regards job creation and economic integration which in turn engender businesses providing multiple sources of taxes and revenue to the government.

This edition focuses on African Airlines. We bring you exciting interviews and articles from leading industry experts including the Secretary General of AFRAA, Mr. Abderahmane Berthe, Boeing and Rolls-Royce representatives in Africa; and reports from the AFRAA AGA53, 2021 YD-Day, amongst others.

We thank you for your support throughout 2021. We invite you to partner with us to project your businesses in Africa in 2022 using our various platforms including the Aviation & Allied Business Website www.aviationbusinessjournal.aero, Youtube and LinkedIn, as we have specially discounted packages designed to support your recovery and growth.

Here is wishing you an enjoyable 2021 year-end festive season, and a more successful business year in 2022.

Thank you.

 

Capt. Edward Boyo