Aviation industry contributes 6.2m jobs, $55.8bn to Africa GDP – ICAO

International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has 6.2 million jobs and contributes $55.8 billion to Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP).

The Organisation added that the continents aviation industry is one of the fastest growing globally. 

President of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council, Dr. Bernard Aliu, said African aviation market is one of the world’s most promising in terms of its overall growth potential, due largely to your emerging industrial sectors and steadily increasing population figures.

In a press statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by the Director Public Affairs, Federal Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu ICAO’s President stated this at the 50th anniversary celebration of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) in Dakar Senegal.

According to him, passenger traffic for the region is expected to grow by 4.3 per cent annually up to 2045, while freight traffic should also expand faster than world average, at 3.9 per cent annually over the same period.

He also noted that these increases should see aviation-related employment in Africa increasing to roughly 9.8 million jobs by 2036, and its air transport GDP impacts almost tripling to $159 billion over the same period.

Certainly, these trends he said underscore the tremendous potential of well-managed and ICAO-compliant air transport growth to lift this continent into a new era of promise and prosperity.

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