Senegal: Aviation stakeholders urged to open up African skies

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has called on stakeholders in the aviation industry to embrace the opening of African skies and the development of intra-African connectivity, PANA reported from here Thursday.

The call was contained in a statement issued at the just-concluded AFRAA's 46 Annual General Assembly and summit held in Algeria.

According to the statement, AFRAA urged states, service companies, airports, opinion leaders and other stakeholders to play their part towards the ''single African aviation market before it is too late.''

Dr. Elijah Chingosho, AFRAA Secretary General, was said to have cited the many challenges that stand between African aviation today and its potential to drive growth and development.

He called upon leaders of African aviation, to play their part to ensure the realisation of African Union Agenda 2063 for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens in which a safe, viable, efficient air transport is a key driver.

He said, “Connecting Africa through aviation and other transport infrastructure is critical to integration, intra-Africa trade, as well as to tourism, economic growth and development. Air transport is an important creator of jobs and critical skills.”

Elijah added that the aviation sector was strategic for the implementation of AU Agenda 2063.

The summit which revolved around the theme “Winning Together through Innovation and Collaboration”, was said to have been attended by over 360 high-profile delegates from 45 countries across the world.

The statement also noted that during the summit, Congo Brazzaville was elected to host AFRAA's next annual general assembly and summit from 1-3 November, 2015.
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