Where there were many new arrivals and increased flight frequencies to many African destinations, the grounding of Ghana International earlier this year, created a huge gap for those seeking flights to Accra. The heart of Safari, Sun and Surf Africa remained glowing throughout the year and an increase in flights to the continent in July and December came as quite a surprise.
Country wise analysis of flights to and from South Africa is as follows:
1. South Africa:
This travel capital of the world remained in lime light throughout the first and second quarter of the year due to FIFA 2010 soccer world cup organized in its capital cities Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban. Not only flights to South Africa increased but also more five star accommodations opened to welcome world cup fans.
The crowd continued coming to South Africa, even after World cup final and the historic victory of Spain. The new stadiums and renovations including a city train in South Africa are new tourist attraction opened in 2010. Overall, flights to South Africa topped.
After dissolution of Nigerian national Flagship carrier, only recently a private airline Arik Airways has started offering cheap flights to Lagos and direct flights to Abuja. Unlike the liquidated flagship carrier, Arik proved to be the new face of Nigeria. The airline succeeded and made its place in the market in matter of months. Its rapid growth, high standard and unmatchable performance acquired it a place among the top airlines in African Continent and also among the fastest growing airlines of the whole wide world. Arik Airways has revived tourism in Nigeria. The countrys recently added attraction Abuja Carnival also proved quite a tourism booster in 2010.
Ethiopian Airline is also a strong African carrier that not only caters to the demand of direct flights to Addis Ababa Ethiopia, but also provides flights to neighboring landlocked countries. Its flights to Harare and Johannesburg are also popular.
Kenyas national carrier Kenya Airways is called the pride of Africa. Its the most successful airline with a remarkable present and a brighter future. Kenya also operates code share flights with Top European airline KLM and offers direct flights to Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya.
The countrys top carrier is Air Zimbabwe offering direct flights to Harare, Victoria Falls, Bulawayo and also connecting flights to Johannesburg. Zimbabwe performed an average but the flight prices crawled higher this year in December.
Zambias popular for golf courses and an elite safari experience, one of its kinds. Flights to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia are only popular among those who can dare to cross their budget.
Ghana suffered immensely as the bankrupted Ghana International Airline did not provide any refunds to date. The country is now provided with direct flights by Virgin Atlantic.
Air Afriqiyah operating flights via Tripoli to Lagos, Abuja, Dhaka, Johannesburg and many other destinations remained the top choice of budget travelers. Though Libya as a country, did not manage to get more attention from Western tourists.
Dar es Salaam has been well traveled in 2010 however largely by immigrants and settlers and rarely tourists.
Egypt saw a rise in flights to Cairo and Flights to Sharm el Sheik as UKs national carrier British Airways now offers great deals on flights to Egypt in all three classes.
The major challenge for Aviation industry in Africa is double taxation. The government needs to assist the industry and the airline operators need to assist themselves as well.
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