Africa aviation requires significant upgrade, expansion to meet requirements of projected growth – FG

WorldStage NewsOnline—-The Federal Government on Tuesday says that the Africa aviation would require significant upgrade and expansion to meet the requirements of its projected growth.

Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, who disclosed the at the opening of a two-day workshop on Aviation Infrastructure For Africa Gap Analysis on Tuesday in Abuja said the deficit in aviation infrastructure had been a major setback for the development of efficient air transport sector in Africa.

He said that Africa had become one of the fastest growing air transport markets in the world due to an emerging industrial sector and increasing population.

According to him, these amongst many other reasons creates tremendous opportunity for progress as aviation already supports almost seven million jobs and 72.5 billion dollars in gross domestic product (GDP).

“However, in terms of infrastructure requirements to support future capacity, aviation in Africa and other regions face some serious constraints due to inadequate airport capacity, air traffic management technologies and dearth of aviation personnel.

“Africa aviation requires significant upgrade and expansion to meet the requirements of the projected growth but has to overcome insufficient access to financial resources for aviation development and modernisation.

“You would all agree with me that there is the need for Africa’s civil aviation infrastructure to be as efficient, effective and sustainable as its counterparts in terms of reliability and versatility of their operations,” he said.

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