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Construction of airport projects in Sub-Saharan Africa on the increase

The African Development Bank now says that the construction of airport projects in Sub-Saharan Africa is on the increase.  The bank notes that in the past few months there has been concerted effort on the region to boost airport infrastructure.

According to the African Airlines Association, total global freight carried by African airlines has increased substantially and is nearing the one billion tonne mark. According to the association this is a clear indication of a growth in airport projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

“There has been a particularly strong increase in the construction of airport projects in sub-Saharan Africa. For the first eight months of 2015 alone, Africa Project Access has detected 25 new greenfields and brownfields airport projects for Sub-Saharan Africa, outside South Africa,” says Paul Runge, Managing Director of Africa Project Access, a consultancy company providing companies and organisations with early alerts of projects across a broad range of sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa).

“In 2013, the larger airports in sub-Saharan Africa (over one million passengers per annum) handled approximately 56 million passengers. Although about half of this total was handled by South African airports, there has been a sharp rise in passenger and cargo handling at airports outside of South Africa,” says Runge.

“This interesting development is multi-focused and pertains to new planned international airports, expansion and rehabilitation of existing airports and a new focus on regional and provincial airports. Airports are being converted into commercial hubs including retail outlets and hotels. The Aerotropolis Project connected to OR Tambo airport is a good example.”

in this regard, the fourth annual Infrastructure Africa Business Forum, in partnership with Africa Project Access, is hosting an Air Transport construction Projects roundtable discussion at the event on the 1st of September 2015 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The Roundtable provides an excellent opportunity to obtain early alert of new project opportunities as well as to make direct contact with key role players in the African air transport business.

Prominent African infrastructure construction players, government officials, business professionals have already confirmed their attendance. The event has the highest level of African and South African endorsement for an infrastructure event on the continent, and provides the business platform for private and public sector players seeking to meet the sector’s national and regional who’s who.

The event’s strategic partner is the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID), its founding partner is the NEPAD Planning & Coordinating Agency (NPCA).


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