African carriers require consolidation to drive sustainability

African carriers require consolidation to drive sustainability

To rid the African air transport industry of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, carriers on the continent need to explore measures that would address partnerships and limited airline consolidation, a study by the African Airlines Association, Lufthansa Consulting and Kenya Airways has shown.

The study, which was a fall out of a recent forum among carriers on the continent and the global aviation and management consulting firm further show that the pandemic has thrown up fresh challenges for the air transport industry requiring new approaches of doing business in the face of increasing concerns on the sustainability of African Airlines.

Affirming that air transport plays a fundamental role in Africa’s socio-economic development as a catalyst for promoting tourism, fostering trade and regional development , the study indicates that the continent contributes less than three per cent of global air traffic in the last 15 years with the lowest level of market consolidation compared to the other regions in the globe.

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