Pan-African airline plans fly into headwinds

September 5, 2022

The quest to create a pan-African airline through a joint venture between Kenya Airways and South African Airways by June next year is facing early turbulence after both carriers sought exemption from clauses on the competition.

Kenya Airways (KQ) last week said it is seeking exemptions from the clauses in Kenya and regional trading blocs, several months after South African Airways (SAA) raised the same plea back home.

The move means it will be difficult to implement the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) initiatives that are key in having a continental airline.

The partnership was aligned with the aspirations of the AfCFTA, which aims to provide a single market for goods and services on the continent.

The clauses about competition, among others, include sharing of resources and key information about the sector including hubs.


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