Africa’s aviation experts gather to talk about growth and challenges facing the industry.Hundreds of aviation specialists from throughout Africa are assembling in Uganda to discuss shared issues impacting the continent’s aviation sector.
Under the theme “Strides to Transform Aviation for Development,” the 55th African Airlines Association (AFRAA) general assembly got underway in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, on Monday.
The assembly was opened by Vice President Jessica Alupo of Uganda, who stated that it was taking place at a pivotal moment for continental aviation. “In order to position itself in Africa’s socioeconomic transformation, the industry must make critical decisions.”
“Growing air transport is crucial to enhancing intra-African connectivity as Africa pursues the goal of continental integration,” she continued, emphasizing the importance of aviation given that rail and road infrastructure do not adequately cover interstate movement.
The secretary general of AFRAA, Abderahmane Berthe, stated that aviation is the key to the socioeconomic development of the continent and that it must be prioritized. In this process, cooperation, collaboration, and coordinated industry actions are crucial. By laying out a viable plan and providing targeted assistance, AFRAA hopes to play a crucial role in guiding African airlines and revitalizing the continent’s aviation sector.
Berthe added that 67 million passengers were transported by African airlines in 2022, representing a 55.8% yearly increase.