Days of national flagship airlines over

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Jan Cronje (from Cape Town, 5 June 2013) – The era of government-owned flagship airlines flying to a handful of high-profile destinations for national prestige was over – and will never be coming back, delegates at the 69th International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual general meeting heard in Cape Town. “Take politics out of the airline and bring in professional management,” said Hogan CEO of Etihad. Governments should stop trying to run airlines and start creating conditions conducive to airline growth as a whole. Together with consolidation, Uriesi managing director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria said that, as more Africans start flying within Africa, there was great room for growth in the next five years.

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