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Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostic Study- Airports and Air Transport: The Sky's the Limit

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A Bank study concluded that Africa’s air transport infrastructure is not at the heart of the sector’s problems: the number of airports is stable, and there are enough runways to handle existing traffic. However, what is required is better scheduling and relatively modest investment in parallel taxiways and a few new terminal facilities.

Safety continues to be a problem, however: while aircraft are generally not unsafe, pilot capabilities and safety administration are lacking and air traffic control facilities are poor.

Revenues from airports and air traffic are substantial enough to finance necessary improvements but are not currently captured by the sector. Lack of transparency in financial transactions between the actors of the system (the states’ treasury, civil aviation agencies, airport authorities, and airport operators) is common in most African countries. This lack of transparency is further aggravated by the lack of reliable traffic statistics and even basic traffic recording, thus making it virtually impossible to reconcile figures between traffic records and airport revenue.

In an effort to inform the ongoing debate over Africa’s infrastructure requirements, the Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostic (AICD) report seeks to provide a more complete inventory of air transport capabilities than was previously available. It focuses on industry organization within Africa, overall accessibility, and the quality of oversight and infrastructure installations countrywide and at selected airports with a range of capacities.

In addition to data collected from questionnaires sent directly to the civil aviation authorities (CAAs) in each country, the report relies on the interpretation of data collected through a variety of other sources - especially from the providers of flight schedules to global reservation systems - to ensure that its analysis of trends is independent and unbiased.



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