British Airways has announced its chief executive Alex Cruz has stepped down from his role with immediate effect, bringing an…
COVID-19 Continues to Alter Growth for African Airlines
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported a gloomy-looking revenue loss of approximately $113 billion caused by the spreading virus that has so far affected air travel in more than 80 countries. Airlines directly associated with China are expected to record a combined $29.3 billion in lost revenue, 21 percent far much greater than the SARS crisis of 2003.
Airlines are now reducing costs and taking emergency precautions in a bid to stay afloat while trying to link the world’s economies, with IATA’s Director General Alexandre de Juniac calling for consideration in tax relief, charges and slot allocation. “These are extraordinary times,” said the Director-General.
According to IATA’s special envoy to Africa, Raphael Kuuchi commented at Aviation Africa summit in Addis-Ababa, that Africa would receive a $40 million hit that would potentially devastate struggling airlines that serve the lucrative Chinese routes.
Passenger demand has reduced dramatically across the continent which seems to be a big shock with key airlines canceling flights to China despite it being their important route. Only Ethiopian is maintaining a reduced number of flights to China. Kenya Airways has halted flights to Italy’s northern cities of Milan and Verona.
According to IATA, The industry in Africa made a $200 million loss last year with this year’s financials expected to drop further due to the biting COVID-19.
African aviation is still in its infancy and still faces some challenges. The looming spread of COVID-19 comes as a major blow to the airlines in the continent that attempts to find their rhythm in the industry. The industry can play an integral role in the continent’s economy from job creation and increasing connectivity to Africa.
- Qatar Airways and Airlink Announce Interline Agreement - October 23, 2020
- Honeywell: Business Jet Market to Recover to 2019 Levels by Second Half of 2021 - October 13, 2020
- Ethiopian Introduces Global COVID-19 Insurance - October 5, 2020
While the coronavirus continues to take a toll on airlines worldwide, David Neeleman’s Breeze Airways has had a stroke of…
In September Air Canada partnered with a Canadian lab and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority to test arriving passengers for…