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Africa’s Airspace Faces Steep Competition

Growing demand on the continent and the decline of South African Airways are opening new opportunities for the Gulf carrier, which has restored its entire pre-Covid-19 African network. With a strong rebound in demand for 2021-2022, African routes fully reopened since February, and an ambition to accelerate operations on the continent, Badr Abbas, Emirates senior vice-president in charge of Africa’s commercial operations, is both positive and on the offensive. “Africa accounted for 8% of our 2021-2022 revenues [$18.1bn, according to results published in early May], despite the extension of restrictions in key markets such as South Africa, and we expect this [revenue] to increase this year, with the lifting of these restrictions.”