The Foundation for Democracy in Africa

US-Africa Air Transport Summit


 

The Need for Direct Air Service
In the 21st Century, direct air service is the critical link to trade development
between two markets. There are 2,468 direct flights weekly to the Caribbean,
2,105 to Mexico, 855 to Asia, 600 to Central America and 548 to South
America from the U.S.; but only 23 direct flights between the U.S. and Africa.

The US-Africa Air Transportation Summit is a biannual conference aimed at gathering leaders in the aviation sector to discuss developing direct air linkages between the US and African countries.

The Need for Direct Air Service

In the 21st Century, direct air service is the critical link to trade development between two markets. There are 2,468 direct flights weekly to the Caribbean, 2,105 to Mexico, 855 to Asia, 600 to Central America and 548 to South America from the U.S.; but only 23 direct flights between the U.S. and Africa.

Among the topics for discussion are - 

  • aviation safety and security—in pursuit of Category I; 
  • emerging challenges for U.S./Africa bilateral agreements; 
  • demand for air service; 
  • absence ofU.S. carriers in the U.S./Africa market; 
  • airports’ marketing of direct air service to airlines; and 
  • an analysis of Africa’s aviation infrastructure projects to sustain growth in air service.

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