Aviation is one of the most global industries-connecting people, cultures and businesses across continents. It is therefore crucial for stakeholders and partners in the domain to work together to maximize the benefits of air transport, and to support the sustainable growth of aviation by connecting more people and more places, more often.
The arrival on Monday of the maiden direct flight from Ankara to Banjul is a welcome development, as it would go a long way in boosting bilateral and trade ties between Ankara and Banjul. It all came after President Barrow earlier on led a high powered delegation to Turkey, were a decision was made for the Turkish Airlines to begin flights to Banjul.
As rightly stated by Kerem Sarp, a senior vice president of the Turkish Airlines, the development marks another milestone in fostering bilateral and trade ties between the two countries. Also, it would go a long way expanding their network in Africa.
The move as highlighted by officials is aimed at promoting destination Gambia across their global network. They believe it would also help generate confidence among their travellers around the world to come and discover the beautiful atmosphere in the Smiling Coast.
Aviation industry over the years witnessed rapid surge in operations, however, with numerous challenges, the industry is becoming an indispensable means of transport for thousands of travellers globally.
Historically, air transport has doubled in size every 15 years and has grown faster than most other industries. For instance, in 2016, airlines worldwide carried around 3.8 billion passengers annually with 7.1 trillion revenue passenger kilometers. Fifty three million tonnes of freight were transported by air, reaching 205 billion freight tonne kilometers. Every day, around 100,000 flights transport over 10 million passengers and around accounting for USD18 billion worth of goods.
“Any serious airline has to look at a worldwide network.”