INFOGRAPHIC: The future of air travel in Africa

2019-09-23 04:50 - Gabi Zietsman
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The skies are getting busier and busier in Africa, according to a new forecast report by Airbus.

Global Market Forecast: Cities, Airport and Aircraft 2019 - 2038 had a look at the expected growth for the industry, new routes and which regions will be needing more planes. 

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Since 2000, air traffic has doubled and is forecast to double again in the next 15 years.

“The 4% annual growth reflects the resilient nature of aviation, weathering short term economic shocks and geopolitical disturbances. Economies thrive on air transportation. People and goods want to connect,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus COO and head of Airbus International.

“Globally, commercial aviation stimulates GDP growth and supports 65 million livelihoods, demonstrating the immense benefits our business brings to all societies and global trade.”

This means that we will need 39 210 more planes over the next 20 years to meet demand. About 36% of it will be aircraft replacement, while 64% will be growth.

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One of the key factors driving air traffic is tourism - worldwide, it contributes a tenth of global GDP and employment and in Africa it makes up 10% of GDP and 5% of jobs.

Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPK) is expected to grow 4.8% in Africa over the next 20 years, the third highest predicted growth after the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. 

More planes in the sky however might put more strain on the environment - especially seeing as aviation contributes 2-3% of carbon dioxide emissions - but since the 60s plane models today are 75% quieter, emits 50% fewer emissions and are 80% more fuel-efficient per seat. 

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See more predictions for Africa's air travel below:

infographic on the future of air travel in africa

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