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A range of new industry initiatives, partnerships and technology solutions seek to streamline Africa’s air cargo sector and bolster business volumes once more

Astral aviation africa air cargoKenya Airways Cargo and Astral Aviation have inked a codeshare agreement to boost trade between Africa and the Middle East. (Image source: Astral Aviation)

Air cargo stood out as a lifeline during the Covid-19 crisis, supporting vital supply chains and propping up airline revenues after passenger numbers tumbled. Yet it is fair to say that Africa’s airlines have faced a very tough time since 2019.

While a recovery is underway, as businesses claw back both passenger and cargo traffic, much damage has already been done. According to the African Airlines Association – which represents 44 airlines across the continent – revenue losses among the region’s airlines for 2022 are estimated at about US$3.5bn, equivalent to a fifth of 2019’s full year revenues.

Nonetheless, business is regaining momentum. In November 2022, traffic and airlines capacity deployed reached 85.7% and 84.2% of the 2019 level respectively. Seven African airlines have even surpassed the number of international routes they operated before Covid-19.

Read the full article, detailing the challenges and opportunities facing the continent’s aviation industry, in the March issue of African Review here.