1st Edition

The Economics and Political Economy of African Air Transport

Edited By Kenneth Button, Gianmaria Martini, Davide Scotti Copyright 2018
    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    168 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Africa is the smallest of the ‘regional’ aviation markets but one that Boeing and others expect to expand over the medium term. Developments on the continent that require the creation of robust and efficient air transport include growth in tourism, the export of ‘exotics’, and the emergence of modern manufacturing and high-tech industries. Africa’s regional aviation markets generally lack good airports and air traffic control, viable airlines, and adequately skilled labour. Airline safety is also a major concern.

    Written by a ‘Who’s Who’ of aviation specialists and policy makers, The Economics and Political Economy of African Air Transport fills an emerging void in the literature regarding Africa’s aviation markets. Its original papers focus explicitly on the economic and political dimensions of the subject, although with relevance to the strategic planning and management of airlines and their associated infrastructure. Topics discussed include external and internal market efficiencies, air service liberalization, the emergence of new carriers, safety and security, low cost airline and other business models, and airport economics.

    Focusing on the broader issues surrounding the subject, this book will be of interest to both the aviation community and those with an interest in economic and social development.



    List of Tables

    List of Figures

    1. Introduction (Kenneth Button, Gianmaria Martini, Davide Scotti,)

    2. The Development of African Air Transport (Berendien Lubbe and Svetlana Shornikova)

    3. The African Airline Network (Davide Scotti, Gianmaria Martini, Stefano Leidi and Kenneth Button )

    4. The Development of Air Service Agreements in Africa (David Warnock-Smith and Eric Tchouamou Njoya)

    5. Persian Gulf and Turkish Airlines in Africa (Gordon Pirie)

    6. The Emergence of Low Cost Airlines in Africa (Rui Nieva and Charles Schlumberger)

    7. The Business Models of African Airlines (Stephan Heinz and John F. O’Connell)

    8. Pan-African Strategic Alliance, Global Competition: A Case Study of Air Afrique (Joseph Amankwah-Amoah)



    Kenneth Button is a University Professor of Public Policy at the George Mason School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, USA, and a world-renowned expert on transportation policy. He has published, or has in press, some 80 books and over 400 academic papers in the field of transport economics, transport planning, environmental analysis and industrial organization.

    Gianmaria Martini is Professor of Economics at the University of Bergamo, Italy, and Head of the Department of Economics and Technology Management. His recent research focuses on methods to estimate technical and economic efficiency in the air transportation and healthcare sectors, published in international journals and presented at many international conferences.

    Davide Scotti is a Research Fellow at the University of Bergamo, Italy, with a focus on technical efficiency and productivity studies regarding airport activities.

    'This book is most welcome for many reasons. It comprehensively examines a rarely analysed region, covering the policy background to African aviation, explores the airlines and their networks, and assesses the infrastructure, labour market and efficiency problems they face.' — Peter Forsyth, Monash University and Southern Cross University