GSE & RAMP-OPS AFRICA 2019
Africa is one of the world’s fastest growing aviation markets and this last frontier for the development and continued liberalisation of civil aviation will further drive air traffic growth, with 731 airports and 419 airlines. Though foreign airlines dominate the market, African airlines now have a commercial aircraft fleet of 1,700 with 257 on order. Ethiopian Airlines is growing rapidly with a cross-border model and amongst the start-ups Nigeria’s Green Airways is well funded, with strong credentials.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says in 2018 African airlines saw traffic rise 6.5 per cent compared to 2017, an increase on the six per cent annual growth in 2017. Growth is set to continue at pace in the years’ ahead and IATA is forecasting 5.9 per cent year-on-year growth in African aviation over the next 20 years, with passenger numbers expected to increase from 100 million to more than 300 million by 2026.
Many African countries are developing their airports or have decided to build new ones as they look to meet rising demand. These include Bugesera International Airport in Rwanda.
The busiest four airports for traffic last year were Johannesburg’s O. R. Tambo International Airport, Cairo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport.
Aviation in Africa currently supports around US$72.5 billion in economic activity and 6.8 million jobs and the potential of the continent remains massive. Although there are challenges, great opportunities are on offer for pioneering leaders in the GSE & RAMP-OPS market.