The future for African air transport: learning from Ethiopian Airlines

Meichsner, N, O'Connell, J.F. and Warnock-Smith, David (2018) The future for African air transport: learning from Ethiopian Airlines. Journal of Transport Geography, 71. pp. 182-197. ISSN 0966 - 6923

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The African air transport market has been a laggard in development, remaining encircled by a plethora of problematic issues that curtailed its expansion and prosperity for decades. Regulatory restrictions, protectionism, inadequate infrastructure and prolonged loss making periods are regularly correlated with the plights of African carriers. Ethiopian Airlines is disrupting this negative manifestation and is exponentially expanding its African and international network footprint, enshrined in continuously profitability. The research quantifies that it is Africa’s most successful airline through a POA analysis by aggregating a series of pertinent airline indices to derive its prominence from amongst its peers. Three key pillars were deduced that specifically correlated with Ethiopian Airlines’ continued prosperity and can be used as template, which included a large intra-African network, a strong hub with multiple wave permutations for onward connecting traffic and forging a deep strategic partnership with a regional based African carrier.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: African, Air Transport, Ethiopian Airlines
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 11:22
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2021 08:55

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