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.