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Africa: Experts Move to Adopt New Strategies to Boost Post-Covid-19 Air Transport in Africa

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For one week, aviation specialists from Africa and Indian Ocean (AFI) area met in Abuja to brainstorm on the right way to revive air transport system in Africa, which has been devastated by enormous losses incurred as a result of coronavirus pandemic and its attendant lockdown.

The assembly was the seventh Aviation Week involving all African air transport stakeholders within the AFI area and the objective was about the right way to eradicate limitations to air transport and likewise to enhance security in air transport within the area.

African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure, Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, kicked off dialogue on the COVID-19 pandemic, which he stated has precipitated devastating impacts on the lives and livelihoods of nations everywhere in the world and the aviation trade, resulting in deep losses and reductions in GDP, jobs, entry to finance, and trade income.

He stated that the fast progress within the administration of vaccines has provided hope of an finish to the worst of the injury brought on by the pandemic, however there are lots of challenges to realize the goal of 60 per cent of vaccination charge in Africa by finish of 2022 as set by the Africa CDC (Centre for Illness Management).

He famous that the financial and social impacts of the pandemic on African international locations and the trade grow to be extra extreme such that ready for a full vaccine roll out will not be a sustainable possibility.

“This aviation week ought to present a possibility to trade on key challenges affecting the restart and restoration of the air transport trade. In line with current statistic from IATA, over the previous yr, governments all over the world have supplied over $400 billion to airways to help their survival and restart efforts, given the significance of aviation to economies.

“In Africa, the whole estimated quantity of the monetary aid measures supplied to airways in Africa was solely $2,721,539,647 (virtually $2.7 billion) by finish of 2021. This included the federal government help within the type of offering loans, ensures, wage subsidies, and direct money injections to airways: $2,638,765,827 (virtually $2.6 billion),” Abou-Zeid stated.

He acknowledged that the African Union Fee proceed to induce African states and her key improvement finance establishments to additional help African airways, utilizing many types together with deferral of prices and taxes at any time when doable, sovereign ensures for personal airways, wage subsidies and different cost help.

In the meantime, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) stated it has saved the nation about $3 million capital flight in 18 months, amounting to N1.785 billion in at the moment’s trade charge of N595 to a greenback.