African countries losing out on air transport business despite global recovery - Report

African countries losing out on air transport business despite global recovery - Report

- Reports show African countries are losing out despite signs of recovery of the continent's aviation sector

- The reports show that traffic for African airlines fell by 98.7% in April 2020 and it was almost double the 49.8% demand drop in March 2020

- New figures show that daily flight totals rose 30% between the low point on April 21 and May 27, 2020

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YEN.com.gh has learned that African countries are yet to take advantage of the air transport business despite signs the industry is recovering on a global scale.

Ghana’s borders are still closed and the latest figures released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) show that Africa is losing out from the continuous closure of the borders.

Reports say traffic for African airlines fell by 98.7% in April 2020 and it was almost double the 49.8% demand drop the month before.

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Per a report by graphic.com.gh, capacity contracted 87.7%, and load factor dived 65.3% points to just 7.7% of seats filled, the lowest among regions.

However, global aviation industry activities is gradually beginning to rebound and new figures show that daily flight totals rose 30% between the low point on April 21 and May 27, 2020.

This came after passenger demand in April fell 94.3%, compared to April 2019, as the COVID-19-related travel restrictions virtually shut down domestic and international air travel.

To the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IATA, Alexandre de Juniac, “April was a disaster for aviation as air travel almost entirely stopped.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that one of Ghana’s local airline operators, Passion Air, has hinted of falling on the government for support due to the economic effects of COVID-19.

Information available shows that the airline is in dire need of financial support to continue its operations.

According to the airline’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Samuel Razak Tachie, some changes have been implemented in a bid to comply with the outlined safety protocols for flight operations.

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