Routes Africa 2019

The route development forum for Africa

Mombasa, Kenya
8 - 10 December 2019

Conference Programme

Sunday, 8 December 2019

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    Routes Africa 2019 - Opening Remarks

    Hear more about why Routes is taking place in Mombasa as well as what you can expect over the course of the event.

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    Welcome to Mombasa

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    SAATM Round Table

    What do we need to make it a reality?

    Moves towards creating open skies across Africa took a major step forward as the African Union (AU) launched the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).

    A year after this agreement, has the the process of opening up the continent's skies, transforming intra-African air travel, lowering prices and increasing connectivity progressed?

    Investing in appropriate and cost-effective infrastructure to support Africa’s growing and the cooperation for an African Continental Free Trade Area are some of the main factors which need to move forward. 

    How soon can we expect this to have an impact on the day-to-day business of aviation in Africa? And what more needs to be done to make truly open skies a reality?

    Our high-level panel will bring together some of the leading figures in aviation from across the continent to debate these issues and shed light on what the future holds for the African aviation market.

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    Networking Break

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    CEO Keynote Interview

    Kenya Airways

    Sebastian Mikosz, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Airways

    Hear directly from Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Sebastian Mikosz as he gives an overview of the growth in passenger traffic during his nearly three years at the front of the airline, as well as its future strategy.

    Mikosz will step down from the airline in December, after overseeing a pertio in which enya Airways reduced losses to just under 6 billion shillings ($59 million) in the year through March 2018 from a record 26.2 billion shillings two years earlier.

    The Sub-Saharan Africa’s third-biggest carrier by passenger traffic is in a drive to increase profits by 2022 after posting significant losses. This comes amid heightened competition in Africa, as Kenya Airways seeks to engage Ethiopian Airlines in a battle for African dominance. Now, as part of a turnaround strategy, Kenya Airways is looking at doubling its fleet by 2024.

    Wat does the future for Kenya Airways look like?

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    Panel Discussion: Creating cultural change

    Can the LCCs model be a success in Africa?

    LCCs have changed the face of global travel, stimulating never-seen-before demand for air transport and enableing vast growth of tourism revenues.

    Africa is dominated by foreign airlines who have a huge competitive advantage. This makes it challenging for any LCC or new start-up to survive. However, the airline failures have not dissuaded more start-ups from entering the market. Nigeria’s Green Africa Airways is a good example of this as the latest high-profile start-up has committed to acquire up to 100 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets.

    Infrastructure is often poor, taxes, fees and other charges are prohibitive, human resources challenges remain, and market access and visa restrictions abound throughout the continent. How can LCCs carriers be a success in Africa? What does market require to benefit from the stimulation and passenger movement intra Africa that this business model can bring? Why it hasn’t worked in the past? What do airlines need to succeed?

Monday, 9 December 2019

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    ASM Training Course

    Expert consultancy ASM will provide this exclusive Masterclass to Routes Africa attendees.

    Delegates will gain insight into the practical tools and techniques that will help them attract new routes and increase existing services. During the comprehensive training session, they will develop their knowledge in:

    • The most effective ways to approach and present to target airlines
    • How to improve their skills to deliver success for their airport or organisation
    • The importance of airport competitive positioning and target planning
    • How to implement a route development strategy
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    Networking Break

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    Case Study

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    Panel Discussion: How can we make the air transport market in Africa work better

    Developing open skies and improving the flow of connectivity within Africa is only part of the solution to taking advantage of the vast opportunities tourism development offers the continent. When making decisions to open up the market creating new routes or adding additional services, airlines, airports and tourism authoritries need to work in harmony to form a cohesive picture, and some of the best examples of destination marketing arise when the teamwork is closest.

    This Ministerial panel is the industry’s opportunity to influence policy. What the industry needs to thrive? What are the changes that will make a difference to the African avitaion market?

    Join this open discussion to really influence the key decision makers and understand how African aviation can fulfil its promise and overcome long standing barriers.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

* Please note like all events, the programme is subject to change.