Intra-African travel is about to become easier, safer and more open

Flight attendants serve beverages aboard an Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner on a flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Intra-African travel — which is critical to unlocking the region’s tourism potential — is set to become easier, safer and more open.

Easier — Open Skies Agreement between Ethiopia and Rwanda. Ethiopia and Rwanda signed an aviation agreement that will allow their respective national carriers — Ethiopian Airlines and RwandAir — to operate in the other country’s airspace without restrictions. In addition, under the fifth freedom arrangement, each “airline has the right to carry passengers from one country to another and from that country to a third country.” This is a clear sign of the deepening relationship between the region’s most successful airline and one of its most ambitious ones. This announcement follows a similar agreement entered into by Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan in the Fall of last year.

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