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African Airlines Sign MoU with KAAO

by Kwabe Ben

The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Kenya Association of Air Operators (KAAO) to provide mutual support to the sustainable development of the airline industry in Kenya as the country is represented by the two Associations.

Abdérahmane Berthé signed the MoU in conjunction with AFRAA’s Secretary General and Liz Aluvanze, KAAO’s Chief Executive Officer at a ceremony at the Aero Club of East Africa in Wilson Airport, Nairobi – Kenya.

Under the framework of the collaboration, AFRAA and KAAO will work closely on the following areas of action for the mutual benefit of their membership and industry:

i. Engagement of local authorities and stakeholders on air transport matters;

ii. Joint advocacy efforts on issues challenging the airline industry such as taxes and charges, aviation policy, market restrictions, infrastructure, and capacity building;

iii. Implementation of the roadmap of the African Air Transport Sustainability Steering Committee (ATSSC);

iv. Data and intelligence;

v. Training: Subsidized training courses through AFRAA’s ATO partnership framework;

vi. Initiatives on People with Disabilities;

vii. Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and events.

“There are some country-specific opportunities and challenges of the airline industry in Africa that vary from country to country. AFRAA is excited to forge a close working relationship with KAAO as this will enhance the level of support by AFRAA to the airline industry in Kenya. This approach is a building block to AFRAA’s mission for a sustainable, interconnected, and affordable air transport industry in Africa where African airlines become key players and drivers to African economic development,” said AFRAA Secretary General, Mr. Abdérahmane Berthé.

Better Skies for Africa is the main aim of KAAO as it will enable Africa to grow much more in the aviation industry.

“As part of KAAOs strategy, we aim to develop strong partnerships for advocacy and mutual benefit and this is the first step. We are keen to leverage learnings from AFRAA as they have a pan-African view of the opportunities and challenges faced by the air transport industry in Africa of which Kenya’s robust and
dynamic aviation sector forms a significant part of this eco-system” KAAO Chairman Mbuvi Ngunze added.

The MoU will synergize the efforts of both Associations. AFRAA and KAAO will align periodically to review the implementation of the annual Action Plan and explore areas for further collaboration.

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