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European Airlines Repatriate $4bn from Africa Annually

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by BabuK, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. BabuK

    BabuK JF-Expert Member

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    Aviation industry experts in Africa yesterday lamented the huge revenue, amounting to over $4 billion, which major European airlines that operate in the continent repatriate from the region, while it devised untenable safety conditions to prevent many African airlines from flying into Europe.
    Speaking on the second day of the 19th Annual African Aviation Conference and Exhibition taking place in Algiers, capital of Algeria, the country's Minister of Transport, Amar Tou, noted that major European carriers like British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Air France and others operate from many countries in the region, generating huge revenue which they repatriate to their home countries and introduced stringent regulations, including emission laws to prevent many African airlines from operating into their European cities.
    The minister therefore called for cooperation among African airlines so that they could, through united effort, stop the exploitation of the European carriers on the continent, which largely invest nothing in retun.

    Participants at the conference noted that this unfavourable scenario has been existing over the years because of the attitude of various state governments in Africa which has failed to introduce policies that would encourage the growth of African airlines, especially the Yamoussoukro Decision, which if ratified by various African government would open the region's airspace to seamless inter-city operations in any part of the continent by any airline from the continent.
    The industry experts therefore criticised the the policy of African governments which favoured international airlines at the expense of their own airlines by frittering away frequencies (flight rights) and designations without reciprocity, noting that these hurt the airlines and led to huge capital flight of over $4 billion dollars from the continent every year, citing example with Nigerian government, which designates foreign carriers to various major airports in the country, thereby stifling the growth of local carriers, which are now finding it extremely difficult to operate due to cash crunch.
    The Secretary-General of African Airlines Association (AFRAA), Nick Fadugba, noted in an interview with THISDAY that the European Union introduced the Emission Trading Scheme, which penalizes airlines with aircraft which emission exceeds the maximum European standards, as a way to discourage African airlines, describing such regulation as political.
    Fadugba argued that EU has no right to introduce such tax, rather, it is the world regulatory body, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) that has the right to enforce such regulation, reiterating that EU used that condition to drive away African airlines.
    "Now, the EU did this for their own airlines, but they have now included all airlines from outside Europe coming into Europe and this hits hard on North African airlines in particular and many others that have their market in Europe, which means that they are going to be hit by the tax, which has been unilaterally imposed by the EU, not by ICAO. So, the American airlines are up in arms and they have the American Air Transport Association (ATA) which is busy fighting this in court in London. The US FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has issued a statement which is very unusual that this policy by Europe is punitive and unilateral and unacceptable," the Secretary-General said.
    All the major European carriers operate in Nigeria, but no domestic airline fly to any European country, except Arik Air that operates to London.
    Among dignitaries at the three-day event with the theme, Airlines Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul", are the Director-General, Algerian Civil Aviation and Meteorology, Messaoud Benchemam, Director, Technical and Training, AFRAA, Dr. Elijah Chingosho, President of Air Algeria, Abdelwahid Bouabdallah, representatives of international aviation companies, including airlines, maintenance organization, aircraft spare parts marketers, lessors among others.

    Source: ThisdayOnline. Nigeria..
  2. Tripo9

    Tripo9 JF-Expert Member

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    Wao ndo wanajiona wako-safe. Mbona ajali haziishi kwao. Na sisi tuwapige-ban basi.
  3. Masikini_Jeuri

    Masikini_Jeuri JF-Expert Member

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    Swali ni kuwa waturudishia kiasi gani cha hiyo keki!
  4. bona

    bona JF-Expert Member

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    well i find it hard to blame them coz for sure most of african airliner are in worst shape, imagine how would you feel to know your BA ticket with direct route has been cancelled instead the ATC will take up the responsibility to carry you there! just imagine the shock you will be havin to find out something like that, hata hapa route kama ya mwanza au moshi wengi wana prefer precision to ATC.
  5. Abdulhalim

    Abdulhalim JF-Expert Member

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    Corruption na uswahili ndio unatusumbua. Mbona kuna airlines nyingine za kiafrica zinadunda tu?
  6. rmashauri

    rmashauri JF-Expert Member

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    Ni kweli mkuu, tunaona Ethiopian, Kenyan, South African, Egyptian airlines etc zinafanya safari za dunia nzima ikiwemo Ulaya. Usalama kwenye ndege ni jambo la msingi sana, wacha wavune tu.
  7. Abdulhalim

    Abdulhalim JF-Expert Member

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    Kweli kabisa.

    Hizi lawama nyingine ni za kijinga kwa kweli. Ok unaeza kusema Europeans wanalinda biashara zao kwa ku-raise the bar ktk standards za emission. Lakini utawalaumu vipi wakati sisi wenyewe tupo dhufulkhali, kifikra?
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    Kimweri JF-Expert Member

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    nauita ukoloni mambo leo-gimme a break,an Ethiopian airline Boeing jet is just as safe as a british airways jet.

    just because TZ can not produce a respectable airliner,it doesn't mean others are as stupid as we are.

    i can happily fly with Ethiopian,Kenya Airways,Egyptairways etc..,actually the best in flight service i have ever received was on a Korean Air Tokyo-London Flight.Way better than BA ever has been for 10+ flights i have taken with them.

    The day Africa develops, is the day we learn to look at things subjectively.
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    MpendaTz JF-Expert Member

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    Hakuna kabisa cha kushangaza hapa kwani hii ni moja tu ya njia nyingi ambazo tunanyonywa tena kwa kukubali wenyewe. Umoja tu na kuwa na sauti moja wakati wa kuongelea mambo yahusuyo Afrika ni kitu kimetushinda muda mrefu. Wenzetu kaskazini wakati ukiwa muafaka kwao wanahama wanakuwa waarabu, hata wa-Sudan! Waliotoa tamko hilo ukichunguza kidogo utakuta watoto wao wanasoma ulaya. Mpaka sasa ni lazima tukubali ndivyo tulivyo na ikiwa tunataka kuondoka hapo ni lazima kufanya marekebisho katika utendaji wetu tukubalike, siyo kulalamika tu.