Air Transport World

An ultimatum for AFRAA. (African Airline Association told to cooperate)(includes article on traffic rights)

Algiers-"Cooperate or die." That was the clear message to delegates at the 22d annual general assembly of the African Airline Association (AFRAA) here in March. Nevertheless, the deliberations showed that for the most part, the African air-transport industry is still far from achieving any such cooperation and integration as are needed to stop its decline.

From the opening address of the organization's president, El Hadj Haoussine, chairman and CEO of Air Algerie, to resolutions adopted at the close of the meeting, the accent was on cooperative needs rather than deeds. Speakers pinpointed the problems. in his report to the assembly, acting Secretary-General Joseph Nyagah, managing director of Kenya Airways, listed the four major ones:

* Problems associated with small size that include a limited and inadequate intraAfrican route network and a limited traffic base.

* Weak finances, including undercapitalization, marginal yields, blocked funds and lack of resources for investment.

* Lack of continuity in management, government interference, lack of information base and inadequate training. …

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