Zimbabwe signs deal that will make it cheaper for you to fly to other African countries

For the longest it has been held that it is cheaper to fly to Dubai or Canada for example than Ghana or Morocco from Zimbabwe.

Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport PIC: The Patriot


The same holds true for many African countries where traveling between each other’s capitals has meant citizens of the continent are less likely to visit and therefore trade with each other because of the punitive fares for direct air connections.

A big part of that cost has been down to what African nations charge each other for access to airports which often is meant to protect state-owned airlines.

A new Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) has been signed by 23 countries to allow free access to their airports.

These are Zimbabwe, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa Swaziland and Togo.

While it is not the majority in on it yet, the fact that some of the busiest airports, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Lagos are included on it make this a significant deal.

By how much prices will drop, it is not clear yet but there seems to be a move in earnest to make sure Africa starts talking to Africa more away from Northern climes.

A good move and makes sense with the drive with the open boarders focused Rwandan president Paul Kagame taking over the chair of the African Union.

With this move, do you think it will make you more likely to visit other African countries or is your partying and walkabout still set for France?

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