Zimbabwe Signs Major Aviation Trade Agreement With 22 Other African Nations
Zimbabwe and 22 other African countries have signed on to the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), which is intended to drive down airfares paid by African countries when travelling within the continent. The agreement will allow the airlines of signatory countries to freely access each others’ airports.
Only Zimbabwe, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa Swaziland and Togo have signed the agreement so far. Signatories to the deal hope that greater competitiveness will bring down airfares and increase the number of direct air connections between African countries.