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Cancun – African airlines typically lag the rest of the world in performance, despite the potential of its large population for growth in the aviation industry, according to Brian Pearce, chief economist of the International Air Transport Association (Iata).

“Africa as a region has such a great aviation potential,” Pearce told Fin24 at the annual general meeting of Iata, which takes place in Cancun, Mexico this week.

Economies need the benefits of good air connectivity and it seems to a large extent African governments’ lack of cooperation with each other prevents the aviation potential from being tapped more, said Pearce.

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