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Air Transport in Africa: After Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal, Guinea Launches Its Own Airline

A year ago, Guinea announced that it wanted to launch its own airline. In order to carry out its project, the Guinean State had placed at once, the GBM group and the French Regourd Aviation. The first flight of the company was expected for this year 2018.

However. According to the indiscretions, the news was far from delighting the Togolese Gervais Kossi Djondo, the leader of the pan-African company, Asky Airlines. He who pleads for a grouping of domestic carriers, had to deal with a newcomer in the African skies: Guinea Airlines. Sand in Asky’s soup so.

According to the Guinean press, while GBM and Regourd Aviation, the two partners, had agreed on the terms of the release of this company, Asky, through its CEO, will be invited to the project.

A year later, the Guinean government and GBM decide to change partners. Exit Regourd Aviation, the choice is now focused on African partners: Ethiopians Airlines and ASKY Airlines. The three partners will sign a strategic partnership in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the end of January this year to oversee the management, equipment, maintenance and training of the future company’s personnel.

Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines and Cheick Dem, CEO of Guinea Airlines, will be pleased with the progress of the negotiations. The first inaugural flight to a capital of the sub-region is maintained next June with a fleet of three aircraft including two Dash-8 Q400 and a Boeing 737.

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Guinea Airlines should through domestic flights serve the regional capitals of Guinea and some capitals of the West African sub-region such as Dakar, Banjul, Abidjan, Monrovia, Freetown, Bamako. The start of domestic flights is conditioned in the agreement to the refurbishment by the government and its partner GBM regional airports.

The volt face of the Guinean authorities would bear the claw of M. Djondo according to the sounds of corridor. The Togolese businessman would not have digested the arrivals of Air Côte d’Ivoire and more recently Senegal Airlines in the sub-regional sector.

“The future of the airline is not in the proliferation of companies,” said the entrepreneur, there is little, in an interview with the weekly Jeune Afrique. “Since Asky’s inception, I have consistently called for all companies to come together. This is what has been done in Western countries for more than fifteen years. (…) In West Africa, I believe that, apart from Nigeria, whose size and size justify having a national air carrier, only one company suffices. This will promote the emergence of a competitive carrier and lower the price of airline tickets, “he suggested.

A month ago, the African Open Sky was launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the sidelines of the 30th summit of the African Union. 23 of the continent’s 54 states had joined the project. Objective: capture more than half of international visitors to the continent and nearly 80% of intra-African traffic.

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