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OAG Analysis explores the potential and fundamental requirements for Aviation growth in Africa

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OAG Analysis explores the potential and fundamental requirements for Aviation growth in Africa PR Newswire LONDON, July 16, 2012 LONDON, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Africa airport infrastructure development and investment must be improved for the continent's Aviation industry to continue to grow, according to OAG's latest Aviation
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OAG Analysis explores the potential and fundamental requirements for Aviation growth in Africa
PR Newswire LONDON, July 16, 2012
LONDON,July 16, 2012/PRNewswire/ --Africaairport infrastructure development and investment must be improved for the continent's Aviation industry to continue to grow, according to OAG's latest Aviation Market Insight Report released today.
Analysis from OAG, the global leader in aviation intelligence and a UBM Aviation brand, reveals that whilst airline capacity has grown recently withinAfrica broadly in line with GDP increases, at 5% annually, the expansion has not been matched by investment within the airport infrastructure. The smaller airports across the region are still struggling with infrastructure challenges combined, in some cases, with general poor facilities. And as widely reported in the world's media, most States lack the ability to accommodate transit passengers between airports. If the economies of these countries are to fully realise their potential and aspired growth plans, then the airport infrastructure will have to be addressed and more progress made. Where infrastructure investments have been made inAfrica, the Aviation industry has flourished the report maintains. Nowhere is this better illustrated than inNigeria,Kenyaand of courseSouth Africa. In 2011, South African Airways posted revenues of almostUS$3bn, up by 2% compared to 2010, whilst Kenya Airways, who joined the Skyteam Alliance in 2010, reported year-on-year revenue growth of 21.3% up toUS$988m. No doubt due to its huge geographic expanse, the continent has traditionally been overlooked for more established destinations by investors. Is that all set to change? International Sales Director (Europe&Africa) at OAG, Mory Camara, believes it is, pointing toChina's increasing influence within the region, "Chinalooks to be taking a long-term investment approach inAfrica, with the Strategic Mineral
Reserve and the China-Africa Development Fund two examples ofChina's developing relationships inAfrica. As the economic benefits of these trade arrangements are felt on the continent, the Aviation industry and the demand for air travel will increase as it has done in other countries as they were developing". The optimism for the future though is tempered by the basic fact that the infrastructure needs to be developed in line with the rate of development of the carriers. Only by bringing the governments, airlines and investors together canAfricareally start to develop its potential. The detailed review of aviation growth inAfrica, and how the aviation authorities in must progress efforts to improve the airport infrastructure to support continued growth, is available to download now at www.oagaviation.com/africa. Notes to Editors:
OAG, a UBM Aviation brand, is the trusted source for aviation information and analytical services. Our leading aviation databases unrivalled in their scale, accuracy and comprehensiveness are integral to the world's aviation industry operations. For more information, visitwww.oag.com. UBM Aviation, a UBM plc company, is the pioneer of innovative market leading aviation solutions. Our instantly recognisable brands provide the data, analysis, events, media and consultancy services that drive air service development and financial growth for our customers' businesses. For more information, visitwww.ubmaviation.com.
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