African Ministers of Transport have declared their full support for the African Union Commission’s proposal for the establishment of a single African air transport market by 2017.
This emerged on Wednesday (21 Jan 2015) as South Africa’s Transport Minister Dipuo Peters hosted the meeting of the African ministerial working group on the establishment of a single air transport market in Africa, according the South African Government News Agency.
The working group includes members of the current Bureau of the Conference of the African Ministers of Transport.
Minister Peters said the meeting acknowledged the activities implemented by the African Union Commission (AUC) to make the establishment of a single African air transport market a reality by 2017.
She said air travel was essential to the prosperity of Africa, as it opened up opportunities that did not exist before.
“Fostering the African aviation industry may be one of the driving forces of regional integration on the continent. Better connected African countries and regions, through a viable air transport industry, could be the catalyst that can boost intra-African business, trade, tourism as well as cultural exchanges,” she said.
In the case of South Africa, national carrier South African Airways (SAA) belongs to the largest global alliance in terms of market share – Star Alliance.
The alliance enjoys 27% of the international air traffic market, ahead of Sky Team (19%). Airlines outside these alliances still command the biggest share at 38% of the global market.