African air fares are on average four times higher than in Europe.


New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 Kenya's transport minister James Macharia said it had one of the "most open skies in Africa". South African and Ethiopian regulators did not respond to requests for comment. The lack of government cooperation means most low-cost airlines remain focused on domestic operations in South Africa, home to the continent's most developed economy. Comair's Kulula and South African Airways-owned Mango are well established in South Africa, while FlySafair and Skywise launched their first flights there in the last year. Comair posted lower profits this week and warned that South Africa was no longer a growth market. Airlines seeking faster growth in less developed markets are starting to branch out. Fastjet, started by easyJet founder Stelios Haji-loannou, is based in Tanzania., launched last year, is run from Zimbabwe and announced plans on August 30 to expand routes to destinations in West Africa, the most populated region on the continent but with the least developed flight links. The biggest missed opportunity is Nigeria, home to Africa's biggest economy and largest population. Widespread corruption and mismanagement means West Africa's Lagos hub is nowhere near as developed as the continent's other three: Nairobi, Addis Ababa and Johannesburg. To get from Nigeria to other African countries, it is often faster and cheaper to fly via Europe. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has yet to appoint a cabinet more than three months after taking office, saying he...

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