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International air traffic to and from Africa growing at 6 percent

by amit.uniyal 28. January 2014 09:10

African air travel is heading for exciting years now. The African Airlines Association recently published its 2013 annual report and made public its latest findings. The study said that international air traffic to and from Africa has been considerably on the increase and had been growing at nearly 6 percent per year over the last decade. The report also presented an outlook about the domestic air traffic and indicated that it had expanded an average of 12 percent a year.

According to the report, air traffic has shown a strong growth particularly around Johannesburg (South Africa), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and Nairobi (Kenya). The growth had been impressive in these sectors. The report projected a positive outlook for African air travel and pointed out that the African continent provides a small sliver of global profits for various airlines.

Even Titus Naikuni, Chief Executive of Kenya Airways, echoes similar views as propounded by the African Airlines Association in its 2013 annual report. He said that Kenya Airways has also predicted exciting couple of years for air travel in Africa. He said that the airline is fast expanding its network and strengthening its fleet. The airline has several expansion plans for future. This includes acquiring of new Boeing Dreamliner aircrafts, opening of a new terminal at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and launch of first direct flights to the United States from Kenya. Kenya Airways is expected to receive the first of its six Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts in April this year.

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