African Air­ports Project Growth for Re­main­der of 2017

Project Growth for Re­main­der of 2017

Tourism Tattler - - EDITORIAL -

In­ter­na­tional Ar­rivals in Africa by ori­gin re­gions (Jan-Jul 2017) The re­port re­veals that in the first seven months of the year, 01 Jan – 31 July 2017, to­tal in­ter­na­tional flight ar­rivals grew by 14.0% over the same pe­riod in 2016. Most sig­nif­i­cantly, growth was stronger for travel to and from the con­ti­nent than within the con­ti­nent. Ar­rivals from Europe, which make up 46% of the mar­ket, were up 13.2%. From the Amer­i­cas, ar­rivals were up 17.6%; from the Mid­dle East, they were up 14.0% and from Asia Pa­cific, they were up 18.4%. By com­par­i­son, in­tra-African air travel, which makes up 26% of the mar­ket, was up 12.6%.

Top 10 African Des­ti­na­tion Coun­tries (Jan-Jul 2017) Look­ing at Africa's top ten des­ti­na­tion coun­tries, there have been stand-out per­for­mances from Tu­nisia and Egypt, which are re­cov­er­ing from no­to­ri­ous ter­ror­ist at­tacks two years ago, up 33.5% and 24.8% re­spec­tively. In ad­di­tion, Morocco and Tu­nisia re­ceived a huge boost in ar­rivals from China, up 450% and 250% re­spec­tively, af­ter they re­laxed visa re­stric­tions. The one dis­ap­point­ment is Nige­ria, which has seen a 0.8% drop, in the wake of re­ces­sion in 2016.

Look­ing for­ward to the end of the cal­en­dar year, book­ings for flights to Africa are cur­rently 16.8% ahead of where they were on July 31st, 2016. Book­ings from Europe are cur­rently 17.5% ahead, from the Amer­i­cas 26.6% ahead, from Asia Pa­cific 11.5% ahead, from the Mid­dle East 8.2% ahead and book­ings for in­tra-African air travel are 11.0% ahead. Ar­rivals in Africa on the book by Ori­gin Re­gions (Aug-Jul 2017) A spe­cific look at East Africa shows very sim­i­lar trends in year to date per­for­mance and out­look to the end of the year. How­ever, it has stronger for­ward book­ings from Europe, 22.9% ahead and less strong for­ward book­ings from else­where; the Amer­i­cas are 15.5% ahead and in­traAfrican air travel 7.6% ahead. How­ever, book­ings from the Mid­dle East and Asia Pa­cific are 6.0% and 3.8% be­hind re­spec­tively.

On an in­di­vid­ual air­port level, the most sig­nif­i­cant ca­pac­ity in­crease in East Africa is at Ki­gali, with new routes to Brus­sels, Lon­don and Mum­bai. Other no­table new ca­pac­ity in­cludes Kil­i­man­jaro to Dubai and Nairobi to Mus­cat and to Ye­men.

Com­ment­ing on the For­wardKeys re­port, Jon How­ell, Avi­a­tion and Tourism De­vel­op­ment Man­ager at Bench Events, who is re­spon­si­ble for Avi­aDev, says: “As an in­ter­na­tional ex­ec­u­tive who has trav­elled around Africa for many years, I am long­ing for the day when it is eas­ier to fly di­rectly be­tween African cities, as is pos­si­ble on other con­ti­nents. I am sure I'm not alone in that de­sire and I'm equally sure, it will hap­pen even­tu­ally. That's why I'm de­ter­mined that the dis­cus­sions that will take place at Avi­aDev will help bring that vi­sion closer.”

Graphs © For­ward Data SL, 2017, All Rights Re­served.

An anal­y­sis of seat ca­pac­ity for travel to the top ten in­ter­na­tional air­ports in Africa, pro­duced by For­wardKeys, shows dou­ble digit growth in flight ar­rivals for the first half of this year with lit­tle in­di­ca­tion that the pace of growth will slow down soon. The wider re­port makes en­cour­ag­ing read­ing for air­lines, gov­ern­ments and hote­liers plan­ning to dis­cuss pos­si­ble new avi­a­tion routes at Avi­aDev in Ki­gali in Oc­to­ber.

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