Aviation: Experts Foresee Early Recovery In Africa
Aviation experts have foreseen an early recovery for aviation.
This is despite the challenges that had ravaged the industry as well as the second wave that have forced some countries to close their borders.
Over 40 countries have banned flights from the United Kingdom over the spread of a new variant of coronavirus.
Flights from the UK are being suspended to territories across the world including Spain, India and Hong Kong.
In separate interviews with The PUNCH, aviation experts said African airlines would thrive despite all the odds.
Chief Executive Officer of Airline Pros International, Robert Gray, predicted that travel demand would pick up with the hope of a vaccine.
He said, “I think people will move away from the emotion of COVID-19. There will be the advantage of vaccination and benefit of natural immunity and it’s my personal belief that Africa trade will pick.”
Chief Operating Officer, Airports Company, South Africa, Fundi Sithe, said though global recovery was expected to pick up 2024 according to the International Air Transport Association, some African routes would recover quickly.
She said the numbers departing South Africa for Nigeria was significant and spoke to demand and a need for a direct route.