Aviation Leaders Despair of African Open Skies Failures

African aviation experts vented their frustration at the slow pace at which African countries are implementing the African open skies agreement during a recent “White Paper” presentation in Toulouse. Launched by 23 African states in January at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, the African Single Air Transport Market (SAATM) aims to liberalize African skies by eschewing bilateral service agreements. Although the number of signatories has increased to 27, SAATM remains a work in progress, sowing discontent over its slow implementation. Conceived as a vehicle to improve air connectivity and reduce unit costs, the initiative received the backing of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the International Civil…

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