Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy

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The Road to Yamoussoukro


Air transportation plays an important role in any country’s evolution because it accelerates the convergence of goods and people. Creating a cooperative air transport system could unlock the potential for a long awaited, remarkable economic growth in Africa. “The African aviation market is perhaps one that has the most potential for growth out of the global regions, due to it being a comparatively young industry and servicing a large and rapidly developing population.” Africa is home to 15.96% of the world’s population, over 1.1 billion people, but it still accounts for less than 4% of the global air service market. This disparity itself seemingly identifies a clear opportunity. So why then might the mechanism for creating a fully cooperative air transport system in Africa be stalled? This article re-examines the history, benefits and obstacles that impact a fully cooperative African air transportation system.