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African air cargo crippled by lack of infrastructure, regulatory reform

AIR cargo is vital to intra-African trade but the continent's poor performing land-based communication systems, along with its inadequate airport infrastructure, high fees and restrictions on air traffic flight rights are holding back its growth potential

African air cargo crippled by lack of infrastructure, regulatory reform

AIR cargo is vital to intra-African trade but the continent's poor performing land-based communication systems, along with its inadequate airport infrastructure, high fees and restrictions on air traffic flight rights are holding back its growth potential

27 February 2019 - 19:00

AIR cargo is vital to intra-African trade but the continent's poor performing land-based communication systems, along with its inadequate airport infrastructure, high fees and restrictions on air traffic flight rights are holding back its growth potential.

There was a need to expand air traffic between city pairs within Africa, according to South African Airways (S) CEO Vuyani Jarana, who said the airline was looking at its cargo operations to see where it could innovate.



Mr Jarana told the audience that increasing air cargo traffic within Africa would require the development of 'necessary' infrastructure. Furthermore, air traffic charges and levies ought to be set to promote air traffic to facilitate the operation of new routes in an economically viable manner, reported Johanesburg's Creamer Media Engineering News.



Africans need to adopt modern, digital, mobile technologies for customs and excise and security, he told delegates attending his keynote address at the opening of the Air Cargo Africa 2019 conference in Johannesburg.



The liberalisation of air traffic across the continent could double intra-African trade, highlighted Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) group executive Charles Shilowa in his keynote address to the conference. 'ACSA considers itself a key role player in stimulating intra-African trade and intercontinental trade,' he said.



He pointed out that his company was on the verge of upscaling and modernising its air cargo operations at its flagship OR Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg. Construction of its new midfield air cargo terminal was about to commence.


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