FTW Pick: Open skies could generate significant economic growth

The official launch of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) at the AU Summit late last month was a step in the right direction, but until everyone signs up and aligns their sovereign legislation accordingly, this initiative will never be more than words and noble principles. 

This was the general consensus of all industry members contacted by FTW following the launch of SAATM.

Commenting on the failure of the two previous attempts to establish open skies in Africa – Yamoussoukro Declaration of 1988 and the Yamoussoukro Decision 1999 – Linden Birns, MD of aviation consultancy Plane Talking, pointed out that these attempts had been structured around a few loose principles and that there had been a lack political will.

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