This review concentrates on the air transport situation in Sub-Saharan Africa and includes a discussion on its historical background, the level of cooperation and existance, and the status of airports and facilities. It is noted that the region which includes 45 countries with a total population of over 3200 million people, accounts for only 2.4 per cent of the world traffic. The basic ingredients for growth in air transportation demand--the development of major businesses and trade centers and the growth of tourism and its related infrastructure--are just not present on a sufficiently large scale. The historical background for this area was heavily influenced by the European colonial powers (particularly, France, England, Belgium and Portugal). Many of the international and domestic routes established at that time are still in existance today. Practically all of the carriers of Sub-Saharan Africa rely today on assistance from outside to conduct their business and benefit as well from the international expertise. At an airline level, the most influential body is the IATA (International Air Transport Association), and 17 carriers of Sub-Saharan Africa are either full or associate members and benefit from the services that it offers. Airports and en-route facilities in the region leave a good deal to be desired, with the exception of South Africa. However, the influx of international technical aid has resulted in considerable improvement. Approximately 40 airports in the region can be classified as fully international and capable of handling wide-bodied jets. For the majority of the governments in the area, the lack of finance and expertise hampers growth and, despite good work by various international agencies, little change can be expected in the future.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 338-340
  • Serial:
    • Interavia
    • Volume: 33
    • Publisher: Jane's Information Group
    • ISSN: 0020-5168

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00176745
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Interavia
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 1978 12:00AM