Transport Minister highlights progress in the aviation sector in Angolacsantos
The Minister of Transport, Ricardo Viegas D´Abreu highlighted, during the “Angola Aeronautic E-Summit” Webinar, that the country has seen significant advances in the civil aviation sub-sector. The problem of transforming Luanda into a Hub was also highlighted. The Angolan official highlighted the creation of airports, in the municipality of Icolo e Bengo – Luanda province
At the beginning of his approach, Minister Ricardo Viegas D’Abreu said that “we accept on my personal behalf and that of the Ministry of Transport, to participate in the opening act of this online seminar, under the theme“ Aviation Sector in the World and Local Context, ” because we believe that its accomplishment is important ”, he considered.
In the same vein, the Minister of Transport cited three main reasons that make the event important, namely, as it is a private initiative, which should be encouraged by our Government and which we thank very much, for being a platform that will analyze the moment that the national and global aviation sector faces, especially with the impact of the pandemic COVID-19, the challenges on all its operators, whether in terms of infrastructure, in terms of air connection operators, or in navigation and control of airspace, low passenger flows, luggage and cargo.
And because it is yet another opportunity for the Government, to present its programmatic actions in the sector, to respond to the objective of constituting Angola in a Hub – airport in Africa and for the World.
“We encourage this meeting to reflect on current issues, which will allow us to infer about the aeronautical future of our country, bringing to the same table, even if in a virtual way, several specialists who will look at the aspects of social growth and economic development and the efforts to increase the resilience of current routes to better support, in the future, all aviation on our African continent, ”he said.
Ricardo D’Abreu affirms that Angola has, as the promotional documents of this event state, conditions of election to be able to play a key role, thanks to its historical international and Atlantic vocation.
Indeed, he continued, it is our vision and determination, as Ministry of Transport, to define and develop policies for an efficient, safe and sustainable transport system, responding to the needs of the people of Angola, where they articulate, complement and cooperate the different actors involved, also constituting a factor of social cohesion and economic development.
Stresses that this effort is not new. It began since the creation of the Transport Sector in 1976, a year after the celebration of National Independence, in which the issue of citizens’ mobility in the new independent Angola was put on the political agenda, with the Civil Aviation Subsector as one of its key areas.
Recalls that, based on the diagnosis made to the Sector, and already under our leadership in this Ministry, for example, several concerns constituted agenda points in civil aviation, among which the transformation and restructuring of TAAG into a public limited company, in order to allow integration of partners who are candidates for a privatization process, guarantee the best operational capacity and efficiency in the specialty, with the split of ENANA in ENNA, focused on the priorities of air navigation safety in our FIR – Flight Information Region, and SGA with the nature of a corporation , as a company specialized in the management of airport infrastructures of the main national network of airports, an entity now constituted as a public limited company and like TAAG, seeking to identify international partners that, in addition to capital, provide technical and operational skills.
And finally, to position Angola, its skies and airport infrastructure available for national economic development and the global economy.
“As can be seen, the Air Subsector is one of the main vectors of our front of action and performance since our entry into the sector. In such a way that we provoke the definition of the Strategic Guidelines of the Civil Aviation Sector and we proceed with the approval of a new law for the sector, the creation of the autonomous and independent regulatory body, ANAC, in line with the recommendations of the ICAO , and an institute that will have the responsibility to investigate and analyze, in an impartial and transparent way, the incidents and accidents of the different sectors of the transport sectors ”, he said.
It considers that it went further, with the amendment of Presidential Decree number 217/16, of October 31 and approval of Presidential Decree number 364/19, of December 30, on Access and Exercise of Air Transport Activity, which demanded and limited the existence of a majority national partner for the exercise of air activity in Angola.
We promoted the amendment of the Law on the Delimitation of Economic Activities, subject to the state’s reserve for the sector, still under discussion in the National Assembly.
The Minister of Transport pointed out that, within the scope of the reaffirmation effort, TAAG deserved, even in adverse pandemic times, the Executive’s support, in the acquisition of six Dash-8 Q400 aircraft, three of which have already arrived in the country, as well as in the approval and implementation of its restructuring and recapitalization plan, which globally represented a financial effort of approximately seven hundred million dollars for the country.
“With the Executive’s principles and commitments prevailing in relation to its vision on the airline sector and in particular on the flag carrier, we are convinced, as recommended by IATA and ICAO, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on airlines, that support for the TAAG company, Angola Airlines, will continue, especially when in the regional context, we see other sister countries, giving up or even abdicating this vision or possibility, allowing us the internationalist duty and the material opportunity, to envisage other dimensions for the TAAG, Angola Airlines ”, defended
He warns that we must ensure now and unequivocally that this TAAG, Angola Airlines, will be and will have to be the pride, in fact, of all Angolans and all their passengers of choice.
Angola, with the set of structural reforms underway, be it in the legal-legal domain, in the institutional and business domain, is taking steps to seize the opportunity to become an airport hub in Africa, with the unconditional support of the international governing organizations of this sector.
Considers that Angola has substantial potential for growth and sustainable economic development, with a privileged geographical location, which allows it to position itself both as a final destination, for business, tourism and leisure reasons, as a transit platform, not only in the context regional, as well as intercontinental, to allow the transfer of traffic between Central Southern Africa, Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia.
“As proof of our statement, I share the note that the airports of Angola, in the period from 2017 to 2019, handled, on average, more than 3.5 million passengers per year, of which 68% through Luanda International Airport, our 4 de Fevereiro “, advanced
He states that Luanda airport has the opportunity to establish itself as a support point for these flows, and the New Luanda International Airport (NAIL), once completed, will be the necessary platform to accommodate long-term growth and operation. the desired hub.
Free trade and the impact on aviation
With the beginning of the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement for the African Continent, which will provide a marked increase in trade and the free movement of people, a positive effect is expected on the number of interconnections, the number of passengers and the volumes of air cargo handled at airports.
“We cannot forget that currently, 60% of traffic to African countries is handled by non-African airlines. We are on the continent that has the largest growth space globally ”, he said, adding that we also have expectations at the continental level.
For him, the liberalization of the air transport market under the Yamoussoukro Decision and the consequent accession to the Single African Air Transport Market (MUATA), will bring strong benefits, such as new routes, more frequent flights, better connections and lower fares, which, in turn, increases the volume of traffic, having a direct and indirect positive effect on trade, business travel and tourism, finally providing the development of the hub.
In this context, work has been done to speed up the process and implement the instruments that will ensure that there are between African states: unrestricted concession of traffic rights up to the fifth freedom, elimination of frequency and capacity restrictions, free tariff establishment, making them more competitive at the regional level and the multi-designation of airlines.
As for the Luanda hub, he said that the implementation strategy requires that previous and indispensable conditions be taken into account, such as the necessary adaptation of the legal, legal, regulatory and institutional framework, as well as airport, facilitation and security infrastructures, to provide traffic aircraft and passengers and allow the Executive’s vision and objectives to materialize.
To this end, other sectors and critical dynamics compete, such as visa facilitation, costs and tariffs, fuel prices, in order to bring in more operators and players and boost the country’s economic dynamics.
“Taking these considerations into account, we cannot forget the key element of this equation, the man, the professional, the specialist. This sector, like others in the transport sector, requires and demands skills, rigor, specialization, both for the risk of the service they provide and for the satisfaction they create in their users and economic agents ”, he added.
The Minister considers that Angola is a young country, made by young people and aspired by young people, adding that we are committed to the proper formation of this youth, so that it is a participant and the author of a necessary transformation of the sector, with a sense of responsibility, rigor and patriotism.
He adds that the virtuous circle we want is that of more and better service, more demand, more income, more growth, more collective and individual income, more employment, greater contribution to GDP and, consequently, improvement in the well-being of Angolans and , by extension, for the African population.
Air transport with major impact on the economy
In his speech, during the webinar that took place today, the Director-General of the National Institute of Civil Aviation (INAVIC), considered that air transport has a great impact on economies since the introduction of jet aircraft.
Gaspar Santos said that air transport has a major impact on the countries’ Gross Domestic Product, driven by holidays and business.
“Before the pandemic Africa will be considered the preferred destination for air transport. In 2019, 3.5 million passengers were transported in Angola, ”he said.
The geographical location of Angola, according to Gaspar Santos, is decisive for the growth of the sector and the operationalization of the Hub, which, in addition to Luanda, may be extended to coastal airports, as is the case of Catumbela, in Benguela province.
ENNA PCA considers aerial sub-sector to drive progress
For the President of the Board of Directors of the National Air Navigation Company (ENNA), international air transport is an extraordinary spring that drives progress and ensures understanding and rapprochement between Nations and Peoples thanks to the basic characteristics of speed and security that provides.
Manuel Agostinho Filipe Júnior emphasizes that with the development of air transport, airports have become an essential element for a city such as roads and railways, adding that Airports attract Commerce and Industry, create jobs and provide revenues and have an economic impact on your neighborhood.
“Air Navigation services are at the confluence of Airports and Air Transport. They play a central role in the performance and efficiency of the entire value chain and are part of a set of activities, well delimited with their own content with a view to rigorously responding to the responsibilities assigned to States under the 1944 Chicago Convention ”, he recalled.
Stresses that air navigation has a central role in terms of safety, efficiency and performance of Civil Aviation.
Aeronautical expert highlights investment in airports in Africa
Aviation expert and attend Webinar, Jimmi Kibati says that you can’t talk about aviation without looking at what you are doing in terms of investments
Investments in airports, according to Jimmi Kibati, are a constant on the African continent, a demonstration of the awareness that government officials are taking on the importance of these infrastructures.
As an example, he cited the cases of Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda and Angola, where many airport infrastructures are being rehabilitated and modernized, clearly emphasizing the predominant role of the air subsector in the field of transport.
“In general, all African countries are making changes to their airports”, he considered, adding that “the issue of freight is little discussed, stressing that aeronautical infrastructures are the challenge of the moment, since Angola is on track this challenge.
Source website Ministry of Transport