East Africa urged to reopen regional air transport services to boost trade
Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA | The East African Business Council (EABC) on Wednesday urged partner states in the East African Community (EAC) to speed up reopening of air transport services to boost regional sectors trade, tourism and hotels.
Peter Mathuki, executive director and CEO of EABC, a regional business lobby, said that during the current COVID-19 pandemic, EAC member states have licensed air cargo services and inventively used aircraft from passengers for cargo operations, which facilitated exports of fresh produce and mitigated the impact of COVID-19 on economies.
“EAC partner states should come up with coordinated regional guidelines and measures on opening up the regional aviation sector to build consumer confidence and support the sector’s recovery,” Mathuki said in a statement.
Tanzania resumed international flights on May 18. Rwanda resumed charter flights on June 18 and Kenya is scheduled to open domestic flights on July 15, while international flights to Kenya and Rwanda are expected to resume on August 1.
Mathuki said that the reopening of the regional aviation sector will boost economic activities not only in the sector but also in the tourism sector which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.