Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) CEO Chris Zweigenthal commented on ongoing plans to implement open skies in Africa, stating: "This liberalisation has proved difficult to implement on a continental scale due to varying states' positions on their readiness for implementation, the necessity for competition regulations, dispute resolution mechanisms, implementation provisions and incorporation into domestic legislation" (engineeringnews.co.za, 18-May-2018). Mr Zweigenthal added: "It is important that such liberalisation must be undertaken on a consistent basis with the same rules for all states, ensuring reciprocity and fair competition between the African airlines". He continued: "There is huge potential for intra-African growth to provide an integrated network of new services and increased frequencies between African destinations... There is huge potential for the growth of air transport in Africa".
'Huge potential' for growth in African aviation, but open skies 'difficult to implement': AASA CEO
18 May, 2018