Cairo hosts Africa Aviation summit

African aviation summit looks at strategies for success.

A strategy for the success of Africa’s aviation is the theme of the two-day summit in Cairo on 17-18 April. About 118 aerospace companies from 50 countries are attending, as well as representatives from 34 airlines.

The topics include infrastructure, security, single skies policies, MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) development and women in aviation.

The conference comes a few days after Russia and Egypt re-established regular air services between Cairo and Moscow. Flights between the two countries were suspended more than two years ago, after the explosion of a Russia plane over the Sinai Peninsular which killed 224 people. The terrorist organisation ISIS subsequently claimed responsibility for the attack.

Flights between the more popular destination of Sharm-el-Sheik and Moscow are still suspended. Talks about resuming airline services between the Red Sea and the Russian capital are expected later in April and tour operators are already planning renewed schedules for the lucrative tourist market between Russia and Egypt.