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"The increasing demand for charter within the African continents is brisk. Certain destinations are tricky when it comes to scheduled flights due to runway conditions [and other aspects], so chartering is more of an interest to the consumer at the moment," Jenny Van Wyk, passenger sales manager for Africa at Chapman Freeborn, told CNBCAfrica.com.
"One of the many factors that are encouraging the desire to acquire private jets is, according to analysts, the growing frustration with the kind of services offered by commercial airlines," Van Wyk explained. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), intra-Africa passenger numbers increased by 9.4 per cent year on year in January 2013, and continues to be spurred on by strong economic growth in the sub-Saharan Africa region. While most African countries still have national carriers, with the exception of a few whose carriers have been replaced with other airlines, intercontinental and international flying is still relatively expensive for most people.
As more Africans begin to demand more facilities and options while flying, the wealthy few have begun to opt out of taking commercial flights and invest in private jet charter flights. "The [commercial flight] services are generally poor, experts argue, making wealthy [Africans] opt to acquire their own jets to save the time that would, otherwise, have been lost waiting for flights," Van Wyk explained. Successful national carriers such as Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and Egypt Air continue to connect the continent with their continental and international routes. According to IATA’s air passenger market analysis for 2013, African airlines international air travel expanded by 5.5 per cent in 2013, but minimal compared to 7.5 per cent in 2012.
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