Re­gional air trans­port con­fer­ence be­gins in Vic Falls

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THE 48th African Air­lines As­so­ci­a­tion (AFRAA) sum­mit kicks off in Victoria Falls to­day af­ter re­gional play­ers in the air trans­port in­dus­try ar­rived in the coun­try yes­ter­day.

Air Zim­babwe hosts the three-day event, the big­gest air trans­port sum­mit in Africa un­der the theme “Man­ag­ing the Sur­vival and Mar­ket Re­cov­ery of African Air­lines”.

Trans­port and In­fras­truc­tural De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr Jo­ram Gumbo is ex­pected to de­liver the key note ad­dress to­day, ac­cord­ing to the event or­gan­is­ers.

AFRAA was es­tab­lished in April, 1968 in Ac­cra, Ghana as a trade or­gan­i­sa­tion open to mem­ber­ship of air­lines of African States. There are cur­rently 40 mem­bers from African Union mem­ber states.

Its for­ma­tion was his­toric de­vel­op­ments im­per­a­tives.

The as­so­ci­a­tion has been at the fore­front the and re­sult of eco­nomic of ma­jor ini­tia­tives in the air trans­port field in Africa in sen­si­tis­ing African air­lines to take con­crete ac­tions for co-op­er­a­tion in op­er­a­tional, com­mer­cial, tech­ni­cal, and train­ing fields.

It has also been in­stru­men­tal in sen­si­tis­ing African Govern­ments through the African Civil Avi­a­tion Com­mis­sion and other re­gional and sub-re­gional or­gan­i­sa­tions on the ac­tions to be taken for the de­vel­op­ment of an ef­fi­cient air trans­port sys­tem. It has been a cat­a­lyst for all the ma­jor pol­icy de­ci­sions in the con­ti­nent.

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