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The Top Low-Cost Carriers in Africa

Excerpt from Airline Leader

Aug 20, 2013 1:09 am

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Government protectionism of their airspace and flag carriers is hampering growth of low cost carries in Africa.

— Rafat Ali

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Africa is crying out for the cheaper air travel that LCCs can deliver and help unlock the continent’s economic riches. Seven of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies are forecast to be in Africa and sub-Saharan Africa in particular….But the LCC model’s growth is being hampered by entrenched protectionism by governments of their flag carriers and a failure to liberalise the continent’s air space.

Just three low cost carriers of any scale currently operate on the continent and two of them are in South Africa. South African Airways’ subsidiary Mango and Comair’s Kulula operate head-to-head in the only market where the model has had any substantial traction – but one that is also littered with casualties including Velvet Sky and 1time in 2012.

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