NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Thursday decried the East Africa
Community (EAC)’s high airline fares that remain beyond the
reach of ordinary citizens.
James Macharia, the
Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, told a media
briefing in Nairobi that the EAC economies depend on aviation as
a vital means of transport for exports of perishables,
high-value items and most of all passengers.
“Whereas it is
recognized as the safest means of transport, the EAC region
needs to review aviation operations in order to make it more
affordable and accessible to the populace,” Macharia said during
the Fourth East African Community (EAC) Aviation Symposium whose
theme is “Aviation Safety: A Collaborative Approach”.
He said that by
making airline fares cheaper, it will ensure that the benefits
of aviation can be appreciated by all citizens.
He called on the
trading bloc to eliminate all bottlenecks that impede free
movement of people in the region for the benefit of airline
“This will enhance a
common market completely transforming what used to be fragmented
and protected national markets into one of the world’s largest,
liberal and integrated regional aviation markets,” he added.
Macharia said the
EAC will collectively benefit from the new opportunities
presented through collaboration.
UN agency hails E. Africa’s
aviation safety standards
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The UN specialized agency on civil aviation on
Thursday hailed the East Africa Community (EAC)’s aviation
Barry Kashambo, the
regional director for Eastern and Southern Africa at the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) told an
aviation forum in Nairobi that the high standards has been
validated by the continued progress in the ICAO safety audits
taken in the last four years.
“Four out of the
five audited EAC states are among the 12 that are above 60
percent effective implementation score in the Eastern and
Southern Africa,” Kashambo said.
“This translates in
80 percent of the audited states being above the Abuja target of
ensuring that Africa’s aviation accident rate be in line with
global average by end of 2015,” he said during the occasion of
the official opening of the fourth EAC Symposium on Aviation
symposium was organized by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA)
in collaboration with the Civil Aviation Safety Oversight Agency
(CASSOA), the administrative agency of the East African
Community (EAC) that focuses on safe and secure development of
aviation in the region.
aviation conference brought over 300 delegates from East Africa
and across the world to review ways to improve aviation safety
in the EAC.
Kashambo said ICAO
shares the region’s desire to build resilient state aviation
oversight systems that will ensure protection of the lives of
the traveling public.
He noted that the
target of improved safety can only be achieved if the region
fulfills certain prerequisites such as the availability of
financial aid and human resources as well as harmonized