Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ethiopian Airlines eyes African liberalisation

(Nov 20, 2014, (IOL))--Antwerp, Belgium - Ethiopian Airlines hopes a decision to open up intra-African aviation routes will be fully implemented in 2015, the airline's chief executive said on Thursday.

Many African states adopted the Yamoussoukro Decision in 1999 to open up intra-African aviation routes but so far the decision has not been implemented by governments, meaning air travel between countries in Africa largely remains restricted.

“The hubs that we see today in South Africa, Kenya, and Abuja are not developing as well as they should because inter-Africa traffic is still restricted,” Tewolde Gebremariam, chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines, told the CAPA World Aviation Summit in Antwerp.

He said he hoped a meeting between heads of state in January 2015 would deliver progress. “Ethiopian will of course be taking advantage of that but the biggest beneficiary will be Fastjet,” he said, referring to the low-cost airline that has plans to create Africa's first pan-continental airline. Read more from IOL »

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