United States’ Denver International Airport (DEN), has formed a new committee to support efforts to establish flights between Denver and Africa.
According to airspace-africa.com, Denver International Airport (DEN) is looking to become a key point for connectivity between the United States and Africa in an effort to solidify its place on the global map as part of Denver’s vision 100 strategic plan.
Denver International Airport is the third-busiest airport in the United States and one of the top ten busiest airports in the world. It is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $33 billion for the region annually.
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock invited business and community leaders with unique knowledge and expertise in the region to serve on the Africa Air Service Committee.
“Expanding Denver’s global connectivity to Africa is a rare opportunity, and the Africa Air Service Committee will help us to further diversify and deepen our air service network which will benefit all Denver residents for decades to come,” Mayor Hancock said.
“As African economies grow and mature, we want Denver to be positioned as a favored point of access for the flow of passengers and cargo,” said DEN CEO Phil Washington.
“Securing new long-haul routes can take many years, and the members of the Africa Air Service Committee will be invaluable in helping us to achieve this goal.”
The African continent encompasses more than 50 countries and is home to a diverse population and geography. Initial work by the Africa Air Service Committee will focus on an in-depth screening process to identify the airlines and markets that provide the best opportunities for flights to Denver.
Africa Air Service Committee Members:
Geta Asfaw Asfaw Family Foundation International
Albus Brooks Milender White
Denise Burgess Burgess Services
Matthew Burkett The Flyfisher Group
Papa Dia African Leadership Group
Andrew Feinstein EXDO Group Companies
Lee Gash-Maxey Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce
Yemane Gebre-Michael CSG
Stacie Gilmore Denver City Council
Don Gips Skoll Foundation
Mowa Haile Sky Blue Builders
Muluye Hailemariam Kabod Coffee
Christopher Herndon Denver City Council
Marc Holtzman Bank of Kigali (BK Group)
Hon. Elbra Wedgeworth Casel and Associates LLC.
Richard Williams Western Union