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?

    Raphael Kuuchi, Vice President, Africa, IATA

    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).

    Almost two years after this agreement, has 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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    Case Study

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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 carrier in December, after overseeing a period in which Kenya 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 opening new routes as it seeks to return to profit. This comes amid heightened competition in Africa, as Kenya Airways seeks to engage Ethiopian Airlines in a battle for dominance. As part of a turnaround strategy, Kenya Airways is also looking at doubling its fleet by 2024. What does the future for Kenya Airways look like?

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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    Panel Discussion: Creating cultural change

    Can the LCCs model be a success in Africa?

    Allan Kilavuka, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Jambojet

    LCCs have changed the face of global travel, stimulating never-seen-before demand for air transport and enabling 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.

    But 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?

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

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