Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Best Locations For Airline Hubs In Africa

Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and Nairobi, Kenya are the best locations for the the creation of airline hubs in Africa, the Malaysia-Africa Business Forum recently revealed in a study.

Ethiopia's Precise Consult International PLC managing partner Henok Assefa said this was because the best connections to African destinations were actually provided by Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines.

He pointed out that Ethopian Airlines, an over-a-billion dollar company, right now flew to about 60 countries, which included more than two dozen flights weekly to India and China.

"The airlines industry is growing very fast in Africa even when the global aviation industry is falling apart. All African airlines, the one that are run well, happen to earn profits.

"We need more help and I know for sure, AirAsia, or any airline in Malaysia, would like to make a connection," Assefa said in response to a proposal by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that African countries should come together to set up airline hubs to derive more benefits and increase inter-connectivity.

Dr Mahathir has suggested that low-cost airlines such as AirAsia seriously consider flying to Africa to facilitate travel and increase trade and investment linkages.

Currently, Johannesburg in South Africa is the known hub for Africa.

Source: Ethiopian Investor
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