Sin­gle Pan-African pass­port to boost air travel by 24%

The Star (Kenya) - - News Business -

Air travel bud­gets in Africa are ex­pected to rise 24 per cent if the planned pan-African pass­port is in­tro­duced in 2018, a sur­vey by the global travel tech­nol­ogy provider Sabre Cor­po­ra­tion sug­gested yes­ter­day.

Re­spon­dents in the sur­vey said they are will­ing to spend about $1,100 (Sh112,046 ) to $1,500 (Sh152,790 ) more an­nu­ally on air travel within the con­ti­nent if the need for a visa is elim­i­nated. “Trav­ellers from four coun­tries - South Africa, Nige­ria, Kenya and Egypt were sur­veyed, with those hav­ing flown in the past 24 months say­ing they would spend 24 per cent more with the in­tro­duc­tion of the pass­port,” the firm said.

The African Union launched the African pass­port in July 2016.

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