African aviation is at the crossroads.
IATA projects passenger numbers will double by 2040 – but will African carriers be ready to play their part? Will governments support the infrastructure and the environment to change the current situation where Africa accounts for 18% of the global population but provides just over 2% of the global air transport market.
Bringing the Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition to West Africa for the first time it is the perfect time witness the renaissance of the industry.
With a population of more than 200 million, Nigeria’s long awaited national carrier – Nigeria Air – is finally happening. Elsewhere in West Africa airlines are developing to meet the growing needs.
Aviation Africa will be bring together airlines, airports, regulators, manufacturers, suppliers, financiers and media for the continent’s largest showcase and meeting point.
On the main plenary stage, keynote speakers from organisations such at IATA, AFCAC, ICAO and AFRAA will set out the key areas of concern, delegates will hear from key players in the industry such as Ethiopian Airlines CEO Ato Girma Wake, Rwandair CEO and chair of IATA’s governing body Yvonne Makolo; Directors general of civil aviation authorities from across the continent; air chiefs; airport CEOs and manufacturers.
The CEO of the new Nigerian flag carrier Nigeria Air, Capt. Dapo Olumide, will talk about the airline’s future strategy while sustainability takes centre stage as Africa looks at realising a potential to become the world’s leading producer of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Meanwhile, separate symposia will focus on aviation finance, business aviation and the whole maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry.
Separate sessions will look at the issue of future workforce and safety – issues that have dogged Africa’s potential for decades.