November 2017 will be again the month of worldwide aviators gathering, as the main aviation industry body in Africa AFRAA(African Airlines Association) in partnership with the Rwandan national carrier RwandAir,are in last preparations to host both the Summit and the 49th AFRAA Annual General Assembly which will be held in Kigali from 12-14 November 2017.The important annual event which was last held in Victoria Falls–Zimbabwe in November 2016, is expected to attract over 500 high profile delegates from the aviation industry in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America
In a press conference held in Kigali on September 18,2017 ;The Secretary General of AFRAA, Dr Elijah Chingosho noted that Rwanda deserves to host this important event since it is a vibrant country in which aviation industry is tremendously becoming an example to many other african players.
We will discuss about strategies to make african airlines more viable and profitable and some challeges that our continent is facing in this industry,especially the cost of travel in Africa being more expensive than many other destinations on other continents as an example.
“We need to come up with a solution for example on Air navigation charges in Africa which has to be affordable in a way that does not kill african airlines as this being one of the biggest challenges we are facing” said Mr Chingosho.
The President of AFRAA and Ag. CEO of RwandAir, Chance Ndagano on his part, thanked AFRAA for the opportunity to host this major aviation event. He stated that hosting the event in Rwanda, presented an excellent opportunity to strengthen aviation in the country and further promotes the tourism sector.
“As RwandAir, we are expecting to benefit a lot from this event by to meeting,networking and exchanging with other worldwide aviation players and especially other african airlines CEOs, and this will be a big opportunity for us to market our different products , without forgetting that most of the participants will come RwandAir to attend this General assembly”. added Chance Ndagano.
In addition to this , many aviation industry players like Accelya & Mercator, Airbus, Amadeus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, Nexus, RwandAir and SITA among others will have an opportunity to showcase throught an exhibition their products and services.