IATA urges governments to recognize aviation's ability to stimulate economy and spread prosperity

Africa is the region with the greatest aviation potential, but punitive taxes, and high infrastructure and fuel costs are curtailing air transport’s benefits on the continent, IATA has said.

The African aviation industry loses $1.50 for each passenger it carries, with many airlines struggling to break even.

Governments should be aware that Africa is a high-cost place for aviation

IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac urged African states to recognize aviation’s ability to stimulate the region’s economy, and spread prosperity.

“Governments should be aware that Africa is a high-cost place for aviation,” he said.

“Taxes, fuel, and infrastructure charges are higher than the global average.

"Additionally, insufficient safety oversight, failure to follow global standards, and restrictive air service agreements all add to the burden that stands in the way of aviation's economic and social benefits.”

The accident rate of the 33 IOSA registered carriers in Sub-Saharan Africa is half that of carriers not on the registry

While Africa’s safety record has improved–in 2016 there were no passenger fatalities or jet hull losses in Sub-Saharan Africa–de Juniac warned that a failure to adopt standards such as the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) will continue to hold back the region’s safety efforts.

“Performance statistics for IOSA show that the accident rate of the 33 IOSA registered carriers in Sub-Saharan Africa is half that of carriers not on the registry,” de Juniac added.

“That's why I urge African governments to use IOSA in their safety oversight.”

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