The unprecedented economic and health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to cause losses estimated at billions of US Dollars to the air transport and aviation industry globally and in Africa. Already, industry partners including the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airports Council International (ACI) and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), among others, have called for industry cohesion and financial support from governments to enable Airlines recover from the losses and avert imminent collapse.
Presently, African governments are expected to be fine-tuning economic strategies to achieve quick economic recovery amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. However, ensuring the quick restoration of African Airlines must be further prioritized by governments to enable African Airlines catalyze economic recovery across the continent.
The African Union (AU), which had set out to liberalize Air transport and trade within Africa before the COVID-19 pandemic, must now take leadership to ensure the empowerment of African operators to service and revitalize these economies, bearing in mind the essence of African carriers in Africa’s re-integration towards the realization of Africa’s Agenda 2063 economic objective.
Working cooperatively with realizable timelines, Africa’s aviation institutions, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and funding institutions should take urgent action to speed up the recovery of African operators.
Several African Airlines have demonstrated the capacity to sustain world-class operational safety and other standards; these airlines should be empowered to re-start operation under stipulated safety and operational protocols, to sustain jobs and livelihoods, among other needs.
No doubt, to remain competitive, African operators must adapt to the new operational standards and requirements evolving from the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
This edition presents articles highlighting financial, safety and other strategies for the industry during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. You will also get new insights from industry interviews and other articles. Due to challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, this edition will be published online at www.aviationbusinessjournal.aero.
Aviation & Allied Business will continue to support and partner with you as the industry passes through this period of crisis. We urge you to observe safety guidelines stipulated by the authorities to contain the pandemic.
Capt. Edward Boyo