Winds of change: are we starting to see progress of the Single African Air Transport Market?

For as long as air services have existed Africa has had enormous potential. That it has yet to be achieved is due in large part to nationalism and a reluctance to recognise the economic value of expansive air links.

Despite numerous attempts to achieve some form of multilateral liberalisation, with one or two key exceptions, the continent remains riddled by failed national airline models.

The LCC model, which has succeeded in disrupting most other markets globally, appears to be making some inroads in shifting travel perceptions and regional connectivity, but there is much to be done before substantial results are achieved.

As one the discussion topics at the forthcoming Qatar Aviation Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit, CAPA – Centre for Aviation will look at the barriers that continue to hold back Africa and if the new Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) will be the vehicle to allow it to finally achieve its full potential.

Issues that will be considered include:

  • What has been the impact of the Yamoussoukro Decision? Has implementation fallen short of the Decision’s original objectives?
  • What have been the economic/safety costs of African governments’ unwavering commitment to keeping national flag carriers afloat?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities presented by SAATM?
  • Changing dynamics of African air carriers

As the foremost authority on aviation in the world, CAPA – Centre for Aviation’s events  provide cutting edge knowledge about strategic market trends and dynamics to help attendees make informed decisions, delivering the information and connections needed to inspire and improve business. The Qatar Aviation Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit will take place in Doha, Qatar between 5-6 February 2019.

It is a high level forum dedicated to addressing the latest development in aviation regulation, both within the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and globally. Alongside this topic, discussions will be centred around Europe’s aviation relations with the world, a post Brexit world and its repercussions, North America’s approach to open skies, how open skies have helped Asia’s emerging markets, airport privatisation and infrastructure, air cargo and industry sustainability.

It’s hardly a secret that the airline industry is facing myriad challenges, notably in the marketing and distribution areas, as companies with personalised data, and the analytics and artificial intelligence to go with it, become greater threats to the stability of the traditional airline model. This event, hosted at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, is a forum for debate and discussion of strategic issues facing the aviation industry and it is attracting delegate interest from across the globe.

FIND OUT MORE… visit the Qatar Aviation Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit homepage to find out more about this not-to-be-missed opportunity to discuss relevant issues impacting the aviation sector and learn meaningful insights from your industry peers.

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