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Aviation no longer a luxury for the privileged – airline leader
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Aviation no longer a luxury for the privileged – airline leader

Aviation is no longer a luxury for the privileged few, it’s a requirement for everybody so accessibility of air travel that is affordable is critical if we want this region’s aviation sector to grow, Carla da Silva, who heads up Air Mauritius Southern Africa and Latin America, recently told Fin24.

She says it is estimated that more than 300 million people will be travelling from, to, and within Africa in the next 20 years.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in 2008 100.8 million passenger journeys were flown to, from and within Africa. In 2018 this had risen to 145.2 million passenger journeys.

IATA forecasts this will reach 356 million by 2038 if current regional and global economic trends continue.

Yet, for aviation to be a catalyst of prosperity, borders must be open to people and to trade, according to Da Silva…

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