Why Should East African Countries Develop Air Transport

Air transport is becoming basic for the fast-growing regional population that needs more resources and cross-border cooperation to ease the integration process of the East African Community.

There is a need to promote tourism between member countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania. Tourism is among the top foreign exchange earner in East African countries with Gorilla trekking as the major tourism activity. It should be noted that 80% of the tourists in East Africa come in by air transport.

Air transport plays a significant role in various regional programmes of promoting trade and investments as well as developing regional infrastructure like schools, Healthy centres, roads, Hotels and Lodge among others.

There is a need to quicken transportation of people and goods from one place to another. This will promote express trade of perishable goods and express safaris like one day Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes national Park.
There is a need to transport VVIP, VIP and other high class persons like presidents, Governors among others. Such person should be highly protected and reach quickly to their destinations to perform their duties.

More so, high quality products like Gold, Diamond and so on. Such products are highly price and need tight security to the market, air transport is the best alternative.

There is a need to overcome traffic jam on roads – the increasing number of vehicles in East Africa has cause delay on our road however, some people who would have used their vehicles to worsen traffic Jam us airport.

Air transport is an integral part of transport infrastructure and a significant sector of the economy. Airports are recognized for their ability to multiply business activity in their proximity and stimulate further development.

There is a need to solve the problem of high growing unemployment cases in East Africa. Aviation creates a large number of jobs. Every million passengers transported create 1000 jobs directly at the airport and a further 2100 in the national economy.

The development of airport infrastructure is important for maintaining the CR’s significance for the European Union. The CR has pledged to other member states that it will provide adequate airport capacity to cover growing demand for air transport.

Despite temporary fluctuations, a significant increase in air traffic may be expected in Europe in upcoming decades. The CR market in this segment has not been saturated and the potential for its development is greater than in other European countries.

Air transport is financially fully self-sufficient. It is the only transportation sector which requires no resources from the state budget. Aviation development may be considered a low-cost alternative for handling increasing transportation demands.

Aviation is an environment-friendly means of transport and one of the most efficient. Globally, air transport has only a 2% share in greenhouse gas creation. Developing this means of transport in the CR does not automatically mean an increased environmental burden. Based upon experience from prior years, a significant drop in aircraft noise and reduction in emissions may also be expected in the future. Furthermore, air transport is much less demanding in terms of land appropriation than other types of transportation, regardless of transport distance.