PRESS RELEASE: Routes Africa forum aims to improve African air connectivity
Routes Africa 2016 will help to improve African connectivity by bringing together airlines, airports and tourism authorities to discuss future air services. Around 250 route development professionals are expected to attend the forum which was founded ten years ago to stimulate growth in the industry.
African aviation currently supports 6.9 million jobs and generates more than $80 billion in GDP. It is crucial to the development of Africa’s economy but growth has been slow due to the vastness of the continent and a lack of infrastructure.
Progress has also been hampered by the regulation and protectionism in some African markets. The Yamoussoukro Decision was reached in 1999 to deregulate air services and encourage transnational competition among 44 countries, but the agreement was not properly implemented and liberalisation failed to materialise.
However, International Air Transport Association (IATA) figures show that the industry’s future is optimistic. IATA predicts that the African market will grow by 4.7% to 294 million passengers a year by 2034, and that seven of the ten fastest growing markets will be in Africa (Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia).
By bringing together senior decision makers from the aviation industry to plan African services, the organisers of Routes Africa hope to harness the potential for growth. Some of the leading airlines that have signed up for the event include South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, ASKY Airlines, Binter Canarias, Iberia and Norwegian.
Katie Bland, director of Routes, said: “Routes Africa will help aviation professionals to capitalise on the predicted expansion of African markets. They can take the initiative by making the case for new services to their destinations.”
Routes Africa 2016 will be held in Tenerife following a successful bid by Tenerife Tourism Corporation which has support from the Canary Islands Government. Just 300 km off the coast of Morocco and closer to the African continent than the European mainland, Tenerife aims to become a connecting aviation hub between Africa and the Americas and Europe.
Carlos Alonso, president of the Tenerife Government, said: “Tenerife’s long-term aim is to become a logistical stepping stone to Africa, building on our strong historical ties with the continent. Routes Africa is an important part of our activities to strengthen our economic and transport links through new aviation services.”
For more information about Routes Africa 2016, go to the event website: www.routesonline.com/events/185/routes-africa-2016/
Routes Africa 2016, Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque, Costa Adeje, Tenerife, 26-28 June 2016.
Notes to Editors
- Routes events are unique forums dedicated to the development of new air services. Five ‘regional’ route development forums are held between February and July in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa/Middle East and Silk Road/Russian Commonwealth, and the flagship World Routes event takes place in September. routesonline.com
- The events revolve around pre-scheduled meetings and an exhibition and conference which are delivered in partnership with host stakeholders. Hosts tend to be a collaboration between airports, tourism authorities and investment partners (the bidding process takes place two to three years before the event takes place).
- Routes was founded in 1995 and is part of the EMEA division of UBM plc.
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