African countries urged to ease aviation taxes

2014-04-22 13:24
Nairobi - African countries have been advised to avoid raising revenue by imposing high taxes on services and commodities crucial to the survival of the aviation industry.

Standard Media reports that African Airlines Association (Afraa) Secretary General Elijah Chingosho said countries that see jet fuel, landing fees and visas as cows to be milked dry, may lose out in the competitive airline and tourism industry.  

He said that African states should look at emulating those in Europe and Asia, where lower taxes and levies attract higher passenger traffic, which results in greater revenue.  

He also suggested that single entry visas for regional blocks such as East Africa should be considered, instead of expensive single entry visas for each country.  

Chingosho made these statements while briefing the media on the Aviation Supplies and Stakeholders Convention that will be taking place at the Afraa headquarters in Nairobi on 4 – 6 May.  

The three-day convention will be bringing together about 300 participants from more than 40 African countries. 

Last week News24 Kenya reported that Africa's airlines are set to earn $100m in profits this year but face heavy taxes with fuel costs that are way above the global average.

"Much of the problem is that government policies in Africa tend to see aviation as something of an elite product," said International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general Tony Tyler.

Aviation fuel is 21% more expensive in Africa than the world average and accounts up 44% of costs, he added. 
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