RwandAir in partnership with African Airlines Association is convening the 49th Annual General Assembly and Summit of the African Airlines Association from 12th to 14th November 2017 at the Kigali Convention Centre. The forum, which brings together over 500 experts including airline CEOs, executives and decision-makers in the aviation industry, will ‘Rethink strategies for airline profitability in Africa,’ which is the theme of the summit.
While opening the forum, Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente thanked African Governments and airlines for their efforts to improve the African aviation industry, but also called on the assembly to discuss experiences and come up with recommendations to address the challenges facing the aviation sector in Africa.
“It is our call that countries which have not yet signed the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision concerning the liberalisation of access to air transport markets in Africa do so as a matter of urgency,” he said. “To promote intra-Africa trade, African countries should facilitate and offer visas upon arrival which will increase the number of air passengers and cargo levels. Governments and airlines should harmonise their operations including airport taxes, improve and expand aviation infrastructure and train the required personnel.”