“(CNN) — Private-aircraft manufacturers are increasingly targeting Africa’s growing economies as the resource-rich continent is quietly emerging as an important hub in global business aviation.
In a continent where commercial routes are often limited, a growing number of smaller, privately owned planes are now taking to the skies, creating new connections in and out of Africa.
Driven mainly by entrepreneurs and wealthy individuals involved in the natural resources, banking and telecoms sectors, the continent’s burgeoning market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.
“Africa is an emerging market where we see a positive future,” says Robert Habjanic, sales director at plane manufacturer Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Over the next 20 years, we do forecast 810 business jets to be sold into Africa.”
The sector was given a big lift in May with the creation of the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA), the continent’s first initiative bringing together aircraft operators and other industry players to support their interests and promote the benefits of business aviation. . .”