Airports Council International (ACI) today emphasized the importance of innovation to the sustainable growth of the sector in the region.
Addressing aviation stakeholders at the 28th ACI Africa Annual General Assembly and Regional Conference and Exhibition, in Accra, Ghana, ACI World director general Angela Gittens highlighted traffic forecasts for the region and stressed how innovation can address some of the challenges that African airports face.
“According to our latest data, ACI forecasts a compound annual growth rate of 4.7% from 2018 to 2023 in Africa, with passenger traffic expected to grow beyond 450 million by 2040,” Gittens said. “Airport leaders are faced with pressure to manage performance and growth, without constantly adding infrastructure and cost, while striving for environmental sustainability and robust security.
“We need to consider solutions for airports big and small, with different regulatory and operational realities, and how we can help everyone to grow. Innovation is key to the sustainable growth of African airports.”