It is now just four months to go until Air Zimbabwe will host the Annual General Assembly of the African Airline Association, in short AFRAA.
The meeting will take place at the resort town of Victoria Falls and the venue is the Elephant Hills Resort and Conference Centre, located close to the falls.
This will be Africa’s largest gathering of airlines and related service providers, like Civil Aviation Authorities, airports, ground handlers,
catering firms but also manufacturers, insurers and in fact any form of businesses related to aviation. After the annual Aviation Stakeholder Convention is the AGA the place to be to network and to discuss hot topics related to the industry on the African continent.
The motto of the 2016 AGA is ‘Managing the Survival and Market Recovery of African airlines’, highly relevant in today’s aviation world and in light of the recent onslaught by non African carriers taking as much as 80 percent of the traffic share from airlines at home on the continent.
While this has no doubt improved connectivity for people is the ongoing failure to implement the Yamoussoukro Declaration a constant thorn in the side of Africa’s aviation industry, which finds it often more challenging to obtain landing and traffic rights than when they apply to European authorities and where foreign carriers seem to get landing rights almost automatically upon application while African airlines’ applications are often delayed, deferred or simply turned down.