The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) noted that airline revenues remained weak, with many operators struggling with cash flow problems. airlines lost a total of $8.6 billion in revenue due to the impact of the pandemic, representing 49% of 2019 revenue,” the statement said.
In the month of February 2022, AFRAA estimates that the capacity of African airlines has reached 64% compared to the same month in 2019. Similarly, traffic is estimated at 49%.
The domestic market retained the largest share of deployed capacity, although the share of traffic saw a slight decline. However, domestic demand at 45.3% outperformed intra-Africa and intercontinental which remained weak at 31.2% for intra-Africa and 23.5% for intercontinental. Of the actual number of passenger seats offered, domestic, intra-African and intercontinental flights accounted for 49.4%, 24.7% and 26% respectively.
Four African airlines continue to expand their international routes and by the end of 2021 had surpassed the number of international routes operated before Covid. 11 other African airlines have also reopened routes or launched new international routes. By the end of January 2022, African airlines had restored around 78.7% of their pre-Covid international routes, although frequencies remained low.
Intra-African connectivity reached 76% of the pre-Covid level in January 2022 and is expected to drop to 72% in February due to the closure of some roads.
Connectivity has declined at West African airports (Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport (Abidjan), Murtala Muhammed International Airport (Lagos), Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport (Dakar) and Lomé-Tokoin Airport.) due to the political situation in Mali which was banned by ECOWAS.
Effective February 7, 2022, Moroccan air borders reopened after more than two months of closure due to severe restrictions to curb the expansion of the Omicron variant. All adult passengers arriving in the country must indeed present a valid Covid-19 vaccination certificate. They are also required to take both a Rapid Antigen test and PCR upon arrival. All passengers exiting Morocco will also be required to present a valid Covid-19 vaccination certificate.
The Ugandan Ministry of Health has announced that the mandatory Covid-19 testing of all inbound travelers at Entebbe International Airport upon arrival has been stopped with effect from February 16, 2022. However, the Covid-19 testing requirements 19 72 hours prior to boarding for inbound travelers and outbound travelers remain in effect. Health workers will continue to screen all arriving and departing travelers and verify their Covid-19 test certificates
All vaccinated passengers traveling to Mauritius are required to take a Covid-19 test on arrival as well as on day 5 of your stay. Unvaccinated travelers will be required to present a negative PCR test result 72 hours after the last point of embarkation, Covid-19 insurance health cover and proof of purchase of a holiday package at one of the Covid-certified resorts -19 safe for the mandatory 14 year olds. – 40 days in the room
Airlines for America (A4A) will form a coalition to push the United States government to remove the pre-departure testing requirement for vaccinated passengers traveling to the United States.
From 11 February 2022, passengers entering England who are fully vaccinated are not required to book a Day 2 arrival test.
Effective February 21, 2022, Australia has opened its international borders to all vaccinated tourists, nearly two years after the island nation first imposed some of the world’s toughest Covid-19 travel restrictions .