Airlines employ large numbers of technical and non-technical staff who are paid salaries and most airline costs begin to run from even before an airline starts operating.
According to International Air Transport Association (IATA), African airlines have lost over $140 billion in the last 10 years and most of the losses are linked to costs from airport charges, fees and taxes.
In Africa, every airport has different charges for the same aircraft type, operator and service in dealing with different clients.
According to the Director, Government, Legal & Industry Affairs, African Airlines Association (AFRAA), Mr. Aaron Munetsi, airports are charging airlines so much whereas airports infrastructure are crumbling. This is contributing to the collapse of airlines in Africa and eventual massive loss of jobs.
Besides, airline business creates a lot of indirect jobs for allied business employees in banks, road transport, etc. When an airline packs up, jobs are lost.
‘When people don’t travel because airports are killing airlines with charges, it means airports are killing jobs,’ says Munetsi.