Senegal’s Minister of Tourism and Air Transport Alioune Sarr has met with the African Airlines Association’s (AFRAA’s) Secretary General, Abderahmane Berthé and Air Senegal CEO, Alioune Badara Fall ahead of the west African country hosting AFRAA’s 54th annual general assembly (AGA) and summit in December.
The three heads deliberated on the state of the airline industry in Senegal, priorities and plans for the development of the sector, initiatives by AFRAA to address the sustainability of air transport in Africa and the milestones for the staging of the AGA.
Underlining AFRAA’s commitment to the sustainable growth of the continent’s air transport industry, Berthé said: “Deliberations at this year’s Assembly AGA will focus on the theme: Acing the Roadmap to Sustainable African Aviation. This will better prepare stakeholders to continue to rebuild Africa’s aviation to make the travel ecosystem more resilient and viable. The Assembly is therefore a critical forum for us to create the much-needed enabling environment for air transport business to thrive and contribute to the continent’s development.”
Air Senegal’s Badar echoed Berthé’s commitment saying “there is a lot of potential for African aviation and we need a synergy of actions to release this potential to bring more efficiency to the sector in order to make it sustainable.”
As one of the biggest annual gatherings of African airline CEOs, AFRAA’s AGA was last held in-person in Mauritius in 2019. This year’s event is expected to attract more than 500 high profile delegates from the aviation industry in Africa as well as Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America.