Sin­gle avi­a­tion trans­port mar­ket soon for Africa

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AN AFRICAN sin­gle air trans­port mar­ket will be launched in Jan­uary, 2018, with 40-plus coun­tries ex­pected to be sig­na­to­ries by then. So far, 20 African coun­tries out of 55 have sub­scribed to the African sin­gle air mar­ket. The state­ment was made by David Ka­jange, head of the trans­port and tourism divi­sion, depart­ment of in­fra­struc­ture and en­ergy at the AU yes­ter­day,at a me­dia brief­ing on the side­lines of the 29th AU in the Ethiopian cap­i­tal. A sin­gle air trans­port mar­ket is one of the goals of AU’s Agenda 2063, aim­ing to con­nect Africa through avi­a­tion and other trans­port in­fra­struc­ture to achieve in­te­gra­tion and boost intra-Africa trade. The sin­gle air trans­port mar­ket also aims to boost tourism, eco­nomic growth and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of African na­tions. Ka­jange says Africa be­came the most ex­pen­sive air trans­port mar­ket in the world, be­cause of in­di­vid­ual na­tions’ poli­cies and reg­u­la­tions that hin­der air con­nec­tiv­ity. Air trans­port in Africa is on av­er­age twice as ex­pen­sive as the world av­er­age, says Euroavia In­ter­na­tional.

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