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African airlines 'not realizing potential' —Expatriate

Middle East airlines are cashing in on African nations' failure to take advantage of rising African demand for passenger air travel, says Hadi Akoum, head of Africa sales for European aircraft manufacturer Airbus.
Mr Akoum was speaking on Monday at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, as the manufacturer announced it was preparing to deliver two new twin-engined A320 aircraft to South African Airways (SAA). They are the fifth and sixth of 20 320s ordered as it gradually moves to an exclusively Airbus fleet.
Mr Akoum said while Africa showed great potential for long-term growth, it was airlines such as Etihad, Qatar and Emirates that were positioning themselves to profit by increasing the number of African routes and flight frequency. He cited Nigeria as an example of a country which had consistently failed to turn rapidly growing passenger numbers into profit.
"It has possibly the best potential in Africa, but its airlines have kept failing because Nigeria has not worked out how to run them," Mr Akoum said.
He added that many previous failures had frightened off potential investors in African airlines. Besides SAA, which has expanded its African network in recent years, Mr Akoum said the national carriers of Ethiopia and Kenya were about the only ones to have realized some of their potential

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