Published On: December 1st, 2021By Categories: Editor's Choice1.1 min read

Air transport leaders and decision makers set a roadmap for transformation and the economic development of air transport in Africa at the 53rd AFRAA Annual General Assembly and Summit held recently.

The virtual event was held under the patronage of the government of Angola under the theme: “Flightpath to Africa’s resilient travel ecosystem” and was hosted by TAAG Angola Airlines.

It brought together over 400 delegates from 51 nationalities across the globe comprising of decision-makers and aviation leaders. International and regional air transport associations including the African union, IATA, ICAO, AFCAC, ALTA were also represented at the event.

“Failure is not an option, together we will succeed, said Ricardo de Abreu, Angolan transport minister his opening speech.

AFRAA secretary general Abdérahmane Berthé highlighted the ingredients for successful restart as safe travel measures, removal of travel restrictions, financial support to airlines, technology to shape the ‘new normal’, reinvention and redefinition of airline business models, co-operation among African airlines and passenger confidence.

AFRAA 2021 President Rui Carreira in his remarks said, “African airlines should utilize this opportunity to emerge stronger and more resilient out of the crisis to face the challenges of the industry. Co-operation and collaboration among African airlines through initiatives such as network co-ordination and joint cost containment are among the initiatives that will enable airlines rapidly overcome the impacts of the pandemic.”

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