Route Network Coordination

Route Network Coordination Committee

It has always been accepted that the biggest differentiator for any airline is their network. This becomes the airline’s competitive advantage in that the objective is to provide a network that meets the expectations of the airline’s target market segment. However, the reality is that no airline can do this on their own. The world is such a big place and the demands of the travelling public are many and varied, to such an extent that not one carrier can serve these requirements. This is how AFRAA came up with the all-encompassing solution for its member airlines. The participating airlines came together with a common understanding that their network desires were similar and that they each held a piece of the solution to the bigger picture puzzle.

Challenges:
• Too many flight misconnections of carrier schedules
• Missed revenue opportunities
• Uncoordinated schedules
• Aircraft utilization below viable levels
• Increasing cost to customers due to misconnections

The solution was to simply find a format for collaboration within the guidelines of the respective competition laws in their various jurisdictions.

Objectives:
• Identify opportunities for Commercial cooperation
• Schedule harmonization
• Network coordination
• Data analysis to enhance planning
• Alliance and partnership opportunities

The Route Network Coordination Task Force got underway with participation by more than 19 airlines who started with schedule harmonization and network coordination. As the projects progressed, the airlines implemented International Electronic Ticketing agreements as well as Special Prorate Agreements. The dedication and commitment of the partners led to some exciting code-share agreements being entered into for the benefit of the partners and their mutual customers. As more AFRAA member airlines participate in this ground breaking project, there is a growing need for more such initiatives and the Secretariat will continue to pursue the opportunities in order to meet the expectations of their members.

Outcomes:
• SPA agreements amongst participants
• Interline Electronic Ticketing agreements
• Code share agreements
• Schedule harmonization on a regular basis
• Bilateral network coordination frameworks established

Participants:
Participation of all AFRAA member airlines is encouraged. Since inception of the project a total of 19 member airlines have participated.
All AFRAA member airlines are encouraged to actively participate.
To participate, please contact: Mr. Blaise Muyanda: bmuyanda@afraa.org

Project Officers
Acting Chairperson: Kenya Airways
Vice Chairperson: Royal Air Morocco

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