Who Shall Lead the Revolution in Africa’s Air Transport?

By Irene Gaitirira
Published May 19, 2017

CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariamRepresentatives of Ethiopian Airlines, African Union, Government of Ghana and Africa’s aviation sector are expected to discuss Africa’s air transport on May 26, 2017 at 1900 GMT.

Air travellers in Africa is a challenging and costly affair. Passengers not only experience delays and poor customer service, but may also have to connect from one African country to another through Europe. This, BBC Africa says, comes at a high price for travellers, businesses, economies, and the environment.

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To address the challenges of providing safe, efficient and affordable air transport across the continent, BBC Africa Debate shall bring together an audience and expert guests in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, to discuss the question: What will fix Africa’s air transport?

Ghana’s Minister for Aviation, Cecilia A DapaahGhana’s Minister for Aviation, Cecilia Dapaah; the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam; a representative of the African Union; an aviation expert; and a local audience shall join presenter Nancy Kacungira in the recording of the debate on May 24. The monthly BBC Africa Debate programme shall be aired on BBC World Service on May 26 at at 1900 GMT.

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Saying listeners from across Africa can join the discussion by using the hashtag #BBCAfricaDebate, BBC says audiences on Facebook, Twitter and radio shall have the opportunity to share some of their experiences of the worst journeys across the continent.

Meanwhile, South African Airways have announced a 10% discount on business class to all their destinations from Nairobi between May 16 and June 16, 2017 for travel between May 16 and August 31, 2017.
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways, too, says it gives a 30% discount on business class to selected destinations between May 22 and June 21, 2017.

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BBC presenter Nancy Kacungira shall host the monthly BBC Africa Debate from Accra, GhanaHoliday Bazaar and Let’s Go Travel agencies of Nairobi are selling Low Season Offers to Zanzibar and Winter Season Holiday to South Africa, respectively.

While the Holiday Bazaar package caters for flights, return airport transfers and accommodation as specified on meal plan, that of Let’s Go Travel covers return flights from Nairobi on Economy Class, return airport transfers, 3 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in Johannesburg, 4 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in Cape Town and travel insurance.

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