Air Afrique to turn Abidjan into gateway to Europe

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The multinational air company Air Afrique intends to turn Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire's economic capital into a major gateway to Europe under its 2001 programme beginning Monday.
Under the system known as "HUB and SPOKES" all Europe-bound passengers from Ouagadougou, Lome and Niamey would transit through Abidjan's Felix Houphouet-Boigny international airport.
This is expected to raise the number of flights passing through Abidjan from 35 per week to 77.
According to a senior Air Afrique official, Robert Man, the compamy would use long-range aircraft in order to reposition itself on the air transport market.
Man said that the new system would replace the old system under which Air Afrique flights took off from each capital.
This was not economically profitable, as flights were very often empty.
He said that five Jumbo aircraft would be used on long-range routes while two smaller planes would be used for flights between Abidjan and other.
An Air B4 will be used as fleet support.
In addition, Air Afrique maintains co-operation agreements with several national air companies, including South African Airlines and Air Burkina.

27 april 2001 20:13:00




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