Air Traffic Volume in Africa Remains Below Continent's Ambitions, Potential
The volume of air traffic in Africa remains below the ambitions and potential of the continent, said, Tuesday in Marrakech, minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicraft and Social Economy, Mohamed Sajid. Air Traffic Volume in Africa Remains Below Continent's Ambitions, Potential
"Air traffic in Africa represents only 2% of the global air traffic flow," he said at the opening ceremony of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) Conference for Africa region, being held on September 26-27 in Marrakech under the theme "Technology and human performance in air traffic management."
A major challenge remains for African countries to use air transport, which is a major lever for economic growth in Africa, he said, noting that the continent is "cruelly" lacking inter-African exchanges.
Sajid underlined Morocco's commitment to South-South cooperation, noting that the country's flag carrier +Royal Air Maroc+ (RAM) is present in most countries of West Africa, with the aim of connecting the cities of the east and south on the African continent.
For his part, director general of the National Office of Airports (ONDA), Mohamed Zouhair Al Aoufir, said the development of the air sector in Morocco in recent years has been the result of a strong political will and a development strategy, effected in 2004 by the liberalization of the air transport sector and the signing of an Open Sky agreement with the European Union (EU) that entered into force in December 2006.
This strategy, he went on, has made it possible to increase the capacity of Moroccan airports from 12 million passengers in 2003 to 30 million currently.