The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that African aviation has supported 6.9 million jobs and generated over USD80 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Africa’s aviation sector has also carried over 70 million passengers, and is predicted to grow 4.7% per year.
However, IATA has stated that for Africa to realise its full economic potential, commercial air travel needs to be prioritised.
“Policies that promote investment in air transport infrastructure, improve safety and enhance air connectivity must be implemented. Aviation has the potential to make a much more significant contribution to economic growth and development within the continent if its power is unleashed,” said Raphael Kuuchi, vice president Africa, IATA.
African governments and organisations need to focus on both national issues and the strategic development of pan-African aviation.