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Aviation news: International Air Transport Association publishes Africa aviation data

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Sep 13, 2010

UGANDA (eTN) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) last week released data on the growth of air traffic across Africa, where the continent is recording an impressive performance during the first half of 2010 with over 13 percent growth in passengers, indicating that the effects of the global economic and financial crisis are finally over for Africa, benefiting air transport in the process in general and leading airlines, with excellent networks and young fleets in particular.

However, nowadays passengers also prefer such airlines with a reputation of safety and a firm commitment to constantly training their staff in order to keep service standards in the air and on the ground high. Ethiopian Airlines for instance released information last week that they were to spend nearly 4 million euros to upgrade their training academy and its available equipment, which according to a source in Addis will include the additional introduction of as many as 10 trainer aircraft for their pilot school and the installation of a new simulator in Addis.

This development follows in the footsteps of Kenya Airways, which over the past years has aggressively built up their own training facilities at their Embakasi base – the old airport across the runway at JKIA – which included the introduction of several flight simulators and a new dedicated academy building nearby, where Kenya Airways now trains their own staff and also conducts courses for aspirants keen to join the aviation sector.

Aviation news: International Air Transport Association publishes Africa aviation data
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