4th AViaDev Africa conference closes on a high note


One of the greatest benchmarks for event organizers is the hope that their event has the capacity to hold the same number of people who were at the start of the event to be present during the signing off of the event. Having an engaged and interactive audience through out the session will be the added advantage.

This was the verdict passed on the 2019 edition of the AViaDev Africa aviation conference which brought over 200 industry players, captains, experts and regulators to the mother City of Cape Town in South Africa.

Three days of discussions on the development of aviation in Africa, community outreach and networking opportunities afforded delegates the right avenue to close deals while impacting lives at the host community.

Chris Zweigenthal, Chief Executive, Airlines Association of Southern Africa being interviewed on stage by Raphael Kuuchi

Welcoming the delegates to the 4th AViaDev Africa Conference was the Managing Director of AViaDev AFRICA Jon Howell said, he would like to expression his appreciation to the host partners, delegates and all who supported this venture and explored the industry to cooperate and collaborate.

He also used the platform to ask delegates to deliver AviaDev’s big goal to connect the largest airport in each African country with one another. Progress currently stands at 33.7%.

Delivering the keynote address at the well attended session, the Chief Executive Officer of Wesgro Tim Harris said, it was a delight to be part of a course that seeks to unlock and unpack bottlenecks in Africa’s quest to develop it’s aviation to a large extent tourism on the continent.

Jon howell, Managing Director of AviaDev Africa

The event began with aviation training for industry professionals.

Additionally, Thirteen speakers had the opportunity to speak to over 100 students from the Luhlaza High School in Khayelitsha. They had a very impactful and wonderful time with equally enthusiastic students.

Antonio Ficca of Bombardier speaking at one of the sessions

The main session got off with Africa’s most discussed issue the open skies and Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) the main focus. Panelists during the session agreed unanimously that SAATM would help grow the aviation and tourism sector in Africa. Speakers cautioned governments and states to work faster for the implementation of the policy. The views of the panelists were that, SAATM was required to push through the Yamoussoukro declaration.

Outreach with the luhzala High School

Technology’s role in driving aviation’s profitability as well as air service development workshop for airports, tourism authorities and Civil aviation authorities were held.

Other sessions discussed thoroughly the overall rewards destinations stand to benefits when they work in synergies.

Airline commercialization, financing airport infrastructure in Africa and its funding sources were among the topical issues that were discussed.

One of AViaDev’s main aims in organizing the aviation conference is to be a vehicle to mentor young and aspiring sets of aviators on the continent. It is against this that the AViaDev Future leaders were given the opportunity to present their solutions for a more connected Africa and profitable industry. This year’s ambassadors were Shingai George- an aspiring aviator, Kay Sebetlela- a commercial license holder and student pilot Kgomotso Mokwena.

Kay Sebetlela- an Aviadev Ambasssador and commercial license holder

The Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Chris Zweigenthal, Chief Executive, Airlines Association of Southern Africa wrapped up yet another well executed AViaDev Africa Conference.

Ato Girma Wake, Former CEO, Ethiopian Airlines and Former Chairman, RwandAir is the patron of AViaDev Africa and has been since inception in 2015

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