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Published on : Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Director of Euroavia International, Lars-Gunar Comen declared that the cost of air travel in Africa is twice as expensive as the average air travel price in the world. The Africa Air Cargo Summit was organized by the Euroavia International in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week.
The exorbitantly priced air travel here has been adversely impacting the economic growth and the various trade connections in all the 54 nations that comprise this continent.
Addis Ababa is Africa’s most crucial flight destination, as revealed by Euroavia International comprising 85 international flights from Bole Addis International Airport. Addis Ababa beats Casablanca Airport of Morocco with 82 flights and even Johannesburg Airport which has as many as 48 flights.
Ethiopia’s transport minister, Workneh Gebeyehu recently communicated to his delegates that air transportation of cargo was really essential for a landlocked country like Ethiopia. This would positively impact the international trade relations of this country, he added.
A home to nearly 100 million residents, Ethiopia is a highly populated landlocked nation. And, the growing economy of this part of the world has been responsible for raising the pressure on the ports of the region of Djibouti, its neighbor.
Workney Gebeyehu has asserted that Ethiopia is the second largest supplier of roses in the continent of Africa. He also said that Ethiopia was planning to boost the export of roses by means of its impressive air cargo. The air cargo, he said, would also be expanded at the Bole International Airport.
Gebeyehu further added that currently, Ethiopian Airlines has 19 airplanes and 37 freight destinations that transport over 8,20,000 tons every year.
A lion’s share of Africa’s GDP is dependent on international trade, thereby making air transportation a crucial link.