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Air travel sector booming in East Africa

The air travel sector in East Africa has experienced a year-on-year spectacular growth of 11.2%, while North Africa has seen little growth or even a decline, according to a study conducted by ForwardKeys.

ForwardKeys CEO Olivier Jager said: “We are seeing a tale of two Africas, with North African countries suffering from political instability and terror activities and Sub-Saharan African countries powering ahead.”

Kenya tops the east African region with a 14.9% growth, followed by Tanzania 10.6%, while air travel in protest-hit Ethiopia rose by 9.6% year-on-year, the study said.

Mauritius leads the Southern African pack with 11.6%, followed closely by South Africa with 11.4%.

Overall, air travel in Africa has seen a growth of 5.6%, compared with the same period last year.

Looking ahead to the remainder of the year, the picture is highly encouraging for East Africa, the report said, adding that international bookings for travel to East African countries, up to the end of December, are 17.3% ahead of where they were at this time last year.

Looking at the main origin markets, India is 34% ahead, Germany and the US are neck-in-neck with 21%, the UK 13.2%, the Netherlands 16.6% ahead, France 16.1%, and South Africa is 9.4%.

London-based ForwardKeys is a company that predicts future travel patterns by crunching and analysing 14 millions booking transactions a day.

Photo; A Kenya Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner. credit: the Designair

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