Nairobi, Kenya – 03 November, 2020: The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and TAAG Angola will host the 52nd Annual General Assembly in a virtual format on the 09 and 10 November 2020. The premier African air transport industry event will gather over 500 high profile African and global aviation leaders to draw a roadmap for a successful restart and recovery of the African aviation industry.
Held under the theme, “Redefining Air Transport for a New Era”, the assembly is set to deliberate on strategies to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 and embark on a new era for the industry.
Speaking ahead of the summit, Abdérahmane Berthé, AFRAA’s Secretary General said:” AFRAA has been at the forefront of key efforts to support the African aviation ecosystem during these exceptional times. This Assembly will be the platform through which we will chart a new course, determine the strategic next steps towards a more resilient and vibrant African air transport market.”
On his part, TAAG Angola Chief Executive Officer Mr. Rui Carreira commented: “2020 has been a very difficult year. African carriers faced daunting challenges way before COVID-19. The pandemic has severely impacted the air transport industry and African airlines have been adversely affected in their operations. This summit will be the opportunity for our fraternity to reset and map the way forward.”
The spectrum of deliberations at the assembly will focus on issues of concern to the industry including: collaborative strategies for recovery and sustainability; Air transport recovery trends and building blocks for the continent, alignment of the tourism and the air transport sectors for recovery, getting back to business beyond 2020 among other high-level discussions.
Registration for the AGA is open through the dedicated event website: https://aga52.afraa.org/.
The African Airlines Association, also known by its acronym AFRAA, is a trade association of airlines from the member states of the African Union (AU). Founded in Accra, Ghana, in April 1968, and headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, AFRAA’s mission is to promote, serve African Airlines and champion Africa’s aviation industry. The Association envisions a sustainable, interconnected and affordable Air Transport industry in Africa where African Airlines become key players and drivers to African economic development.
AFRAA membership of 45 airlines cuts across the entire continent and includes all the major intercontinental African operators. The Association members represent over 85% of total international traffic carried by African airlines.
About TAAG Angola
TAAG Angola Airlines S.A (Portuguese: TAAG Linhas Aéreas de Angola S.A.) is the state-owned airline and flag carrier of Angola. Based in Luanda, the airline operates a mixed fleet of Boeing and Havilland Dash 8 Q400 on domestic services within Angola, medium-haul services in Africa and long-haul services to Brazil, Cuba, and Portugal. The airline was originally set up by the government as DTA – Divisão dos Transportes Aéreos in 1938, rechristened TAAG Angola Airlines in 1973, and gained flag carrier status in 1975. TAAG is currently a member of both the African Airlines Association and the International Air Transport Association. The airline has commercial partnerships with Kenya Airways, South African Airways, LAM, Royal Air Maroc, Air France, KLM and Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines.