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AFRAA members look for strength through joint cooperation. (African Airlines Association)

AFRAA members look for strength through joint cooperation

"Many new faces, few new ideas' were the words chosen by a seasoned observer to describe the 19th Annual General Assembly (AGA) of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) held here this spring. In the year since the last AGA no less than 15 of the 35 AFRAA member carriers have changed their top man. One of these was Cameroon Airlines, which hosted the meeting. It appointed Youssoufa Daouda as director general in place of Louis-Claude Nyassa. Although titular president of the 19th AGA he preferred to let Slimane Bendjedid, director general of Air Algerie and an AFRAA VP, chair the proceedings in Yaounde.

The most conspicuous change in AFRAA was the presence of Frank Okyne, the association's new secretary general. The former head of Ghana Airways replaced Semret Medhane last August as the top man in the Nairobi-based AFRAA secretariat. Missing from the AGA this year was AFRAA Technical Director Kassa Eskinder who is still recovering from a serious automobile accident.

Increased traffic share

Okyne's first report ot the AGA as secretary general was awaited with great interest by the representatives of 24 AFRAA member airlines and eight international organizations attending the meeting. Noting that 1986 "was not a particularly good year' for AFRAA airlines, he reported "indications that 1987 will witness the arrest of and the recovery from the downward trend.' Okyne pointed out that the Africa-Europe routes continue to provide the major traffic for AFRAA carriers "mainly because of historical and economic links.' For the period 1984-1986 AFRAA airlines' market share of passenger traffic on these routes increased from 32% to 40% while their market share of cargo traffic remained static at 30%.

Although Okyne reported "a discernible increased efficiency in the intra-African airline system brought about by the AFRAA grid system and timetable programs' observers noted that a large number of the delegates attending the AGA had to travel from their bases to Yaounde by way of Europe. …

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