African air fares still too high, open-skies treaty still unclear

Kenya may have to wait longer to reap benefits of the Africa open skies agreement intended to open the country to the intra-Africa air transport market.

 International Air Transport Association vice president for Africa Rapahel Kuuchi told the Star that member states still needed to iron out problems involving requirements under the treaty.

 He said there also needs to be a clear understanding of the benefits signatories and operators stand to gain in providing unrestricted air movement.

 “We do not anticipate immediate resolution as there still needs to befine-tuning of regulatory requirements under the treaty and sharing of the regulatory text with the member states and airlines,” Kuuchi said.

 The African open skies treaty came into effect on January 28 when African Union heads of state…

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