IATA calls for action in Africa

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) opened its 69th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Cape Town, South Africa with strong calls for African governments to take full advantage of aviation as a catalyst for growth and development


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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) opened its 69th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Cape Town, South Africa with strong calls for African governments to take full advantage of aviation as a catalyst for growth and development. “Nowhere is the potential for aviation greater than on the African continent–the home to a billion people spread across 20 per cent of the world’s land mass,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and CEO. “Economic reforms and political stability have spurred growth and development. South Africa is the newest member of the BRICS grouping of states. And the 50th anniversary of the African Union reminds us of its vision for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena. Aviation is well placed to contribute to these and the other long-term goals so vital to the development of Africa.”Safety is the biggest challenge facing African aviation. “IATA’s 20 Sub-Saharan members are performing in line with the global average on safety as are the 24 Sub-Saharan airlines that have met the 900+ standards of the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). But if we look at the entire African industry, safety remains a challenge with an overall accident rate many times the global average. This AGM is an opportunity to send a clear signal to the region’s governments that world class safety is possible in Africa and that we support their commitment to achieving it by 2015,” said Tyler.Other key issues include fuel costs, which are 21 per cent higher in Africa than th global average; taxation and; liberalisation.