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CAPA TV | November 26, 2020

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Winds Of Change: Progress Of The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM)

  • On February 17, 2019

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.

• 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


Mr. Henrik Hololei
Director General Mobility and Transport
European Commission
Mr. Abderahmane Berthé
Secretary General
African Airlines Association
Ms. Yvonne Manzi Makolo
Mr. Vuwani Ndwamato
Director of Air Transport
South Africa Department of Transport

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