How opening Africa’s air travel could lead to jobs, GDP boom


Restrictive visa regimes still flourish in Africa and it is still easier for Europeans to travel around Africa than it is for Africans themselves.

This is the view of Paul Steele, senior vice president, member and external relations at the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

He was one of the keynote speakers on the first day of the 48th Annual General Assembly of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) taking place in Zambia this week.

“Surely this has to change. For businesses, above all they need connectivity, competitive costs, and good facilities,” Steele said on Friday.

“The levels of intra-Africa connectivity still lag other regions of the world.”

He pointed out that, since 2014, there has been a renewed drive by African leaders and policymakers to improve Africa’s…

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