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Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM)


Promoting intra-regional connectivity between the capital cities of Africa by creating a single unified air transport market in Africa, as an impetus to the continent’s economic integration and growth agenda.


AUC Chairperson May 29, 2018

Lomé, Togo, May 28, 2018: In line with the African Union’s (AU) efforts to ensure that African countries fully implement key measures needed for the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) to o

Infrastructure & Energy May 26, 2018

Lomé, Togo, May 25, 2018: The Fourth Meeting of the Ministerial Working Group on the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) kicked off with the experts’ session.

AUC Chairperson April 04, 2018

Addis Ababa, 4 April 2018: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, received yesterday the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport of the Togolese Republic, Mr.

Infrastructure & Energy January 30, 2018

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 27 January 2018: The Commissioner for Economic Affairs Professor Victor Harrison expressed optimism about improvement in air connectivity in Africa with the launch of a Singl

Infrastructure & Energy January 30, 2018

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 29 January 2018: Newly Elected Chairperson of the African Union, H.E.

AUC Chairperson November 01, 2017

Addis Ababa, 1 November 2017: On 30 and 31 October 2017, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, undertook an official visit to the Republic of South Africa.

May 29, 2018


The Fourth Meeting of the Ministerial Working Group on the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM)


May 25, 2018 to May 28, 2018


Lomé – Togo
25– 28 May 2018

August 21, 2015

Press Release Nº193/2015

AUC-ICAO strengthening cooperation in civil aviation in Africa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 19 August 2015: The African Union Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, met with the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dr Fang Liu, who was on her first official visit since taking over on 1 August 2015. Meeting at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 19 August 2015, Dr. Dlamini Zuma and Dr. Fang Liu discussed strategies to implement a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signed on 27 September 2010 between AUC and ICAO.

They exchanged on cooperation modalities to strengthen cooperation in the field of civil aviation, notably through areas for the improvement such as aviation safety, air navigation capacity and efficiency, aviation security and facilitation, economic development of air transport, environmental protection, capacity building and training of aviation personnel and technical cooperation and technical assistance.

These areas are in line with the AU’s roadmap for the implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision towards the establishment of the single African air transport market under the Africa Agenda 2063. The objectives are also in accordance with the ICAO Strategic Objectives.

Priority will be given to the 11 AU member states which declared their commitment to full implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision towards the establishment of a single African air transport market with well-established National Identification System.

They also exchanged views on the organisation of a dedicated Ministerial meeting on aviation security and facilitation to establish targets similar to aviation safety, and further development of air navigation targets for submission to AU Organs for endorsement.

Other issues discussed included technical assistance for the establishment of an African passport with ICAO standards; assistance to the African airlines in complying with safety standards; and removal of banned African airlines from the EU black list. In this regard, the two organisations recognised the need for AUC to mobilise international institutions in supporting civil aviation programmes.

The AU Commission Chairperson and ICAO Secretary General mutually expressed their satisfaction on the results so far achieved in implementing the MoC. They recognized that there is still a lot to be done in terms of effective implementation of safety and security requirements.


October 10, 2014

Press Release Nº 266/2014

A single African air transport market critical to agenda 2063

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - 10 October, 2014: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, HE Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma met a delegation of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) to discuss the importance of the aviation sector in the socio-economic transformation of the continent.

During the meeting, Dr. Dlamini Zuma said: “Connecting Africa through aviation and other transport infrastructure is critical to integration, intra-Africa trade, as well as to tourism, economic growth and development more generally. The sector is also an important creator of jobs and critical skills on the continent. The aviation sector is strategic for the implementation of Agenda 2063.”

In the engagement with the Chief Executives, they noted that discussions on African open skies have been on-going for the last two decades, culminating in the adoption of the Yamassoukro Decision by African Heads of State and Government in 2000. Over the last decade, with sustained economic growth on the continent, a growing middle class and more tourists and businesses coming to Africa, the delays have been at Africa’s peril, with loss of market share by African airlines, from 60% in the early 90s to under 20% at present.

The meeting considered what needs to be done to remove the blockages towards the full implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision on the Liberalisation of Air Transport Markets in Africa and to move towards the creation of a single African aviation market.

AFRAA Secretary General, Dr. Elija Chingosho highlighted the importance of the liberalisation of the continent’s air market to be accessible by all citizens. He said, “air transport should be affordable for everyone, not just be monopolized for the rich and the wealthy. As a continent we are subsidizing the industry for international carriers.” Dr. Chingosho appreciated the timeliness and pertinence of convening the meeting at a time when African aviation occupies 20% of market share in Africa.

As an immediate follow up, the AU Commission’s Department of Infrastructure and Energy will convene a meeting of African aviation experts to be held at the end of October 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya. They will iron out the technical issues that will facilitate the full implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision, to move towards the single African aviation market, and come up with recommendations for Member states.

The AU Commission will continue to engage with all stakeholders in the aviation sector to accelerate the full implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision.