in Events

AVIATION AFRICA: Aerospace is a great enabler for Africa

Posted 4 March 2020 · Add Comment

“Aerospace is a great enabler for Africa,” said Mikail Houari, President Airbus Africa & Middle East as he shared leading criteria Airbus believes will drive tremendous opportunity across Africa.

 

A growing population, the vast size of the continent, and continued economic growth are all key ingredients driving aviation development. With an anticipated 1500 new aircraft joining the African fleet in the next twenty years Airbus’s own Global Market Forecast (GMF) predicts that the continent’s rapid urbanization, trade and tourism will contribute to driving passenger traffic to and from Africa by 5.0% yearly, over the next two decades.

 

“To make it successful we need to bring together a selection of ingredients,” says Houari stating that along with traditional financing, OEMS need to get creative in terms of supporting sales as government and IMF funding alone won’t be enough. In addition, collaboration through open skies and partnerships needs boosting to support industry growth. 

 

Inspiring youth is vital. “We need to focus not just on the highly educated but make the young people have stars in their eyes to create and inspire passion for aviation.” Airbus is investing in Africa’s youthful and increasingly tech-savvy population to build its capacity and has created several initiatives such as the “Airbus Little Engineer” programme, which has reached over 5000 learners across the continent and “Africa 4Future” for entrepreneurs.

 

He also stressed the need for sustainability commenting, “This is not just an OEM issue it’s airlines, civil aviation authorities, regulators, and airports globally that will help solve the emissions issue, we have to work on this together.”  

 

Airbus sees the potential for aviation in Africa as immense and its focus remains on the full aerospace value-chain. “Our aim is to provide best-in-class products and services, develop sustainable partnerships, foster innovation, nurture talent, enhance skills and promote entrepreneurship in Africa.”

 

 

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Astral Aviation helps with delivery of Covid-19 vaccines

Astral Aviation, a member of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and Pharma.Aero, has announced that it is ready to support the distribution of the recently discovered COVID-19 vaccines across its scheduled network of 15

Ethiopian Cargo launches trans-pacific cargo flight services

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services has launched Trans-Pacific routes, extending from Incheon to Atlanta via Anchorage effective 09 Nov 2020.

IATA calls on governments to support industry move to SAF

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments worldwide to support the development of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) as a critical step to achieving its target to cut net emissions to half 2005 levels by

AHRLAC back to business

Production of Paramount Aerospace Industries’ ground-breaking AHRLAC is about to be ramped up as the company prepares to emerge from the final stages of South Africa’s business rescue process.

IATA’s Alexandre de Juniac to step down as director general

IATA has announced that Alexandre de Juniac, director general and CEO will step down from his role at the Association effective 31 March 2021.

How commercial aviation can navigate the recovery phase after Covid-19

COVID-19 has been a tough and testing time for the commercial aviation industry. Over eight months down the line and embattled airlines in South Africa have only recently received news that international flights are once again

ATC SK2710091220
See us at
Aviation MENA 2021Aviation Africa 2021CONNECT BT0610090421