The role of African airlines in air transport liberalisation

Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management

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Title The role of African airlines in air transport liberalisation
Creator Tshetu, Tabisa N. Luke, Rose Walters, Jackie
Subject Transport Africa; airlines; deregulation; liberalisation; air connectivity
Description Background: The African aviation liberalisation process began in 1988, following the liberalisation processes in Europe and the United States (US). However, by 2023, Intra-Africa air services are still reliant on the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) by which international traffic rights are exchanged in terms of the 1944 Chicago Convention, a multilateral treaty. These impose restrictions on intra-African connectivity and are obstacles to liberalisation. African multilateral initiatives, such as the Yamoussoukro Declaration, have varying levels of implementation by African states. While liberalisation efforts have major impacts on airlines, thus far these have been led by government structures.Objective: The main objectives of the study are to determine the involvement of airlines in African liberalisation development and the likely impact of the liberalisation initiatives on airline operations.Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 intra-Africa airline executives from four Regional Economic Communities (REC), which would be impacted by liberalisation.Results: The study finds that airlines do not fully participate in the development of liberalisation initiatives. Although sometimes consulted, their associations are usually only granted observer status at deliberations and negotiations. The likely impacts of the initiatives to airlines include direct connectivity, and harmonised African air transport access.Conclusion: The lack of airline participation may be a key reason for the slow progress towards liberalisation and full deregulation in Africa.Contribution: This study contributes to the body of knowledge, by being the first study to consider the role of airlines in the development of liberalisation initiatives.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2023-10-30
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Interviews
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/jtscm.v17i0.925
Source Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management; Vol 17 (2023); 13 pages 1995-5235 2310-8789
Language eng
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Coverage Africa — Airlines
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Tabisa N. Tshetu, Rose Luke, Jackie Walters