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AFRAA Endorses SAA, Pledges Robust Support for African Airlines

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L-R: Mr Gaoussou Konate, Director, African Airlines Association, AFRAA, Mr John Lamola, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, South African Airlines, SAA, Mr Abdérahmane Berthé, Secretary-General, SG, AFRAA, Mr Nick Fadugba, Non-Executive Board Member, SAA- British.

The leadership of the African Airlines Association, AFRAA, has pledged its commitment and total support for African airlines and to promote the growth of air transport in the African continent.

AFRAA Secretary-General, Mr Abdérahmane Berthé, made the pledge in South Africa, at the South African Airlines’, SAA, headquarters, where he visited for a parley dubbed, “AFRAA Member Airline CEOs Leadership Dialogues” session on Monday 13 June 2022.

A media statement from the AFRAA secretariat quoted the AFRAA Secretary-General expressing satisfaction with the outcome of the top-level discussion.

Mr Abdérahmane Berthé was quoted thus, “AFRAA is pleased for the opportunity to meet SAA leadership for fruitful deliberations during this edition of the CEO Dialogues session. AFRAA continues to maintain solidarity with its members and African airlines at large to work on initiatives and projects that will develop the aviation sector in Africa, enhance the industry’s competitiveness and grow the global market share.”

Mr Berthé added that “South African Airways has been a major player in the airline industry in Africa whose membership of AFRAA dates to almost 3 decades”.

He pledged that “AFRAA will continue to support SAA and our entire membership to emerge stronger and more resilient after the crisis.”.

The media statement by AFRAA highlighted some of the contextual issues deliberated upon such as the areas where support will be crucial under the auspices of AFRAA’s initiatives for the development of air transport sector in Africa.

Other issues the meeting discussed included the projects of interest to SAA in the forthcoming AFRAA Laboratory (LAB) that will bring together industry experts and stakeholders to develop relevant projects roadmaps with the view to enhance sustainable aviation & trade development in Africa.

The Lab event is scheduled to take place from 27th June – to 1st July 2022 at the AFRAA headquarters in Nairobi – Kenya.

The creed of AFRAA is the continuous engagement of the leadership of its member airlines through the CEO Dialogues sessions, with the objective to develop among other things, transformative initiatives, and establish the right fit of added-value projects and actions that will support members’ sustainability.

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