Aviation Industry vital for growth and development

South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has stressed the importance of the aviation industry in supporting economic growth and development.
Officially opening the 69th International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Annual General Meeting, and the Air Transport Summit, this past Monday in Cape Town, South Africa, Motlanthe told delegates that the importance of the aviation industry for supporting growth and development is indisputable.
He said not only is the industry important for tourism and travel but it is also an important contributor to socio-economic inter-connectivity and trade in an increasingly globalised world, adding that the constant innovation in the aviation industry carries catalytic opportunities for growth domestically, regionally and globally.
“As a result, improvement of Africa’s aviation is amongst one of the most important drivers of Africa’s development through trade between Africa and the rest of the world, driven in the main by the trade in agricultural and perishable goods,” Motlanthe said