After an introduction speech from Alan Peaford, chairman of Aviation Africa, GebreMariam officially opened the event.
Highlighting the conference theme, creating a sustainable future for Africa’s aviation industry, Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group led the key-note speeches stating African aviation has many opportunities, but also faces challenges that the sector must face together to ensure a sustainable aviation future.
We depend on aviation to connect ourselves and the world. For trade, business investment and tourism, other modes of transport cannot serve us well, African governments have to support aviation,”
“disease, natural disasters, and sudden spikes in oil prices, and we have the capabilities and skill to recover.”
Lack of human resources is also an ongoing challenge and Ethiopian Airlines
H. E. Dagmawit Moges, echoed GebreMariam’s comments adding that while Africa is very accessible it is difficult to move between nations by aviation. “Aviation has great economic potential and geography shouldn’t be a problem. High ticket prices, operations and open skies are all things that can be fixed,” she said. Moges called for a modernization of the infrastructure which requires investment and experts and encouraged private and public/private investments to improve connections, create more frequent flights and lower prices, as she encouraged delegates to deep dive into finding solutions to create sustainable aviation for the continent.
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