The African Union yesterday launched the Single African Air Transport Market in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The project aims to create a unified air transport market and liberalise intra-Africa travel as a key component of the AU’s regional economic integration and development agenda.

In a press briefing at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, currently underway, the commissioner for infrastructure and energy Abou-Zeid Amani said that the intra-Africa air transport market will see the creation of 300,000 direct and two million indirect jobs.

In October last year the International Air Transport Association estimated that airline passenger numbers in Africa will more than double in the next 20 years, with growth rates already outpacing the global average of 3.6 percent.

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