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IATA African plan.

IATA has set out a four point agenda to revitalise aviation across Africa based on (1) enhanced safety efforts, (2) infrastructure development, (3) liberalisation and (4) SPT--simplified passenger travel.

Specifically on infrastructure, IATA says that many African airports, runway pavements, airfield lighting, weather information, navigational aids and fencing do not comply with the latest industry standards, affecting both safety and future growth. Taxes and charges on air transport are not always re-invested in the industry, said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA's Director General, adding that governments were not making the strategic investments to support air transport and the economic gains that come from that investment.

IATA says that co-ordinated plans to develop efficient and reasonably priced infrastructure are essential if local economies are to reap the full benefit of efficient air links. "Africa needs leadership with the vision to carry forward projects to upgrade infrastructure--governments must approach continental solutions with vision, leadership and speed," said Mr Bisignani.
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Title Annotation:AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST; International Air Transport Association
Comment:IATA African plan.(AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST)(International Air Transport Association)
Publication:Airports International
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:60AFR
Date:Dec 1, 2005
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