WITH very little doubt, air transport is one of the world’s most important industries and its development and its technical and service achievements make it one of the greatest contributors to the advancement of modern society.
Since the first jet airliner flew in 1949, use of commercial aviation has grown more than seventy-fold. This growth is unmatched by any other major form of transport and is essential to economic progress. Demand for air services increases the influence of air transport on the global economy, making possible the rapid movement of millions of people and billions of dollars’ worth of goods to markets around the world.
Essentially Namibia’s recent attraction of major airlines via the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) should be applauded as a key inroad to the prosperity chase and one that should be enhanced and harnessed in Government’s plight to realise Vision 2030, NDP4 and the recently super charged Harambee Prosperity Plan for all.
It is economically refreshing that starting October 30, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will expand its scheduled service in Africa to include Windhoek, with a flight schedule for the three existing flights to Luanda, Angola to be adapted to make it possible to fly on to Windhoek and back after a short stopover. At the very same time, industry powerhouse Qatar Airways has announced special introductory fares for its new African gateway, to celebrate the commencement of services to Windhoek on September 28.
What is important to realise is that the industry plays a decisive role in the work and leisure of millions of people. It promotes an improved quality of life and helps to improve living standards. By facilitating tourism, air transport also helps generate economic growth and alleviate poverty – providing employment opportunities, increasing revenues from taxes and fostering the conservation of protected areas.
Experts have made it clear that aviation provides the only worldwide transportation network, which makes it essential for global business plays a vital role in facilitating economic growth, particularly in developing countries such as Namibia.
The world’s 900 airlines have a total fleet of nearly 22 000 aircraft. They serve some 1 670 airports through a route network of several million kilometres managed by around 160 air navigation service providers. Essentially 25 percent of all companies’ sales are dependent on air transport. Seventy percent of businesses report that serving a bigger market is a key benefit of using air services
With relative knowledge that air transport industry generates a total of 29 million jobs globally (through direct, indirect, induced and catalytic impacts), it is crucial that Government continues to attract major airlines to Namibia as a tourism and business destination.
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