Africa’s aviation sector is undergoing a remarkable transformation, with Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa emerging as leaders, reported Forbes.
The continent’s aviation industry is experiencing substantial growth, fueled by a range of factors that position these three countries at the forefront of this upward trajectory.
Morocco, in particular, has witnessed remarkable growth in its aviation sector, with Airbus forecasting a robust 3.6% annual increase in demand for passenger traffic from 2023 to 2042. This expansion is attributed to Morocco’s advantageous geographical location and investment-friendly environment.
Morocco’s investment-friendly climate and its strategic location, situated close to both Europe and the rest of Africa, make it an attractive destination for international aviation enterprises, including aircraft manufacturing.
The report cites several compelling reasons to invest in Morocco’s aviation industry, such as the country’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.
Morocco’s open-sky policy actively encourages foreign investment and partnerships, fostering an environment ripe for substantial growth within the aviation sector.
In 2022, the aviation industry in Morocco exported more than MAD 20 billion, nearly double the figures recorded in 2021 and 2020, reflecting its rapid expansion.
Moroccan airports marked a significant milestone by serving over 12 million passengers in the first half of 2023, signaling a robust recovery.
Domestic traffic has rebounded to approximately 83% of 2019 levels, and the Moroccan carrier, Royal Air Maroc, has ambitious plans to attract 17.5 million tourists, generate 120 billion dirhams in foreign exchange, and create thousands of jobs, both direct and indirect, in the coming years.
The report outlines best practices for companies seeking to invest in Morocco’s aviation sector, including capitalizing on the open-sky policy, fostering partnerships with local entities, promoting workforce development, and advocating for infrastructure investments.
However, conducting business in Morocco presents challenges, including language barriers and varying regulatory frameworks.
To overcome these obstacles, the report recommends recruiting local experts and investing in relationship-building to effectively navigate language issues and bureaucratic hurdles.
The ascendancy of Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa in the aviation industry mirrors Africa’s growing economies, urbanization trends, and the emergence of a burgeoning middle class with increased spending power.
This growth presents a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs and businesses to tap into the rapidly expanding African aviation market.