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AviaDev Africa’s air connectivity discussions hold promise for the aviation sector

Wesgro and the Cape Town Air Access team, alongside delegates from around the world, converged on the Century City conference center in Cape Town for the AviaDev Africa conference from June 29 to July 1, 2022 to improve air connectivity to, from and within Africa. continent.

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Delegates included over 280 itinerary development specialists, airline and airport representatives, industry suppliers and tourism authorities.

Under the theme Connect, collaborate, changeMarking the start of AviaDev Africa and setting the tone for the conference, South African tourism hosted the official AviaDev Africa reception event which gave delegates the opportunity to network freely outside the constraints of the conference.

Prior to the start of the conference, the Cape Town Air Access team organized the VIP Airline Day, where 50 of the world’s top airline executives were treated to a day at Spice Route Destination, showcasing the beauty of the vineyards of the Cap.

The three-day conference also included a training session on route development, various panels and keynotes on creating profitable airline partnerships, the role of air cargo, airport revenue diversification, e-flight and its possible applications. for Africa, the implementation of practical technologies, the financing of African airlines. as well as a deep dive into some of the global trends.

A connected continent

Wesgro CEO and official Cape Town Air Access spokesperson, Wrenelle Stander, said: “AviaDev is the perfect platform to have critical discussions on route development and bring together the right industry professionals, as we hope to see a connected continent and a sector that has the power to create sustained economic growth in Africa. Hosting AviaDev Africa here in the Mother City has given us an unparalleled opportunity to be at the forefront of African aviation development, in a period of growth, following the Covid-19 pandemic. provided an ideal opportunity to bring together over 300 leading aviation professionals with an interest in Africa to Cape Town and the Western Cape, one of the most iconic destinations in the world. »

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Member of Cape Town’s Mayor’s Committee for Economic Growth, Alderman James Vos, said: “Aviation is a key industry for Cape Town’s continued economic growth. That’s why we fund initiatives such as Air Access, which helps land more flights that drive travel and exchanges to the metro and the province.

“Last month, Cape Town International Airport handled up to 30,663 passengers per day. In May, domestic and international passenger numbers recovered almost 80% of that of the same month in 2019. Under the banner of aviation, we need to consider opening up our air transport market even further, and when implemented it has resulted in increased use of airspace, more competitive fares and more choice for the traveling public.In order to optimize connectivity, we need to liberalize measures and subsequently improve connectivity.This will undoubtedly have a positive effect on tourism, employment and the economy in general.

“There is clearly a demand for travel around the world and to our destination. And it must be our job to enable it, for it to thrive. As the barriers related to Covid-19 are now removed, we must not lose sight of the others that exist in our economy and work with the same passion and determination to overcome them as well. This will be my passion and my goal. In doing so, we must build on the lessons we have learned in these difficult times. , where our resilience was once again tested.

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“One of the key lessons for me has been that partnership works. By working together and leveraging the combined impact of different levels of government and the private sector, you can act faster, more effectively and more success in delivering results, which is why continuing to support the tremendous success of the Air Access collaboration, based within Wesgro, remains a top priority for my tenure.

“One of the main missions of this team is to increase connections with the Western Cape, in particular with the rest of Africa, in order to facilitate and make more affordable travel between our countries and to attract more investments as well as increasing trade,” concluded Mireille Wenger, Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities for the Western Cape.

AviaDev Africa’s air connectivity discussions hold promise for the aviation sector

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