As announced during the New York Africa forum a few days ago, FlyAfrica.com will start operating from Libreville on its expansion to Central and West Africa. This low cost airline came into existence just a little more than a year ago in South Africa. It is a fact that flying within Africa is extremely expensive, and is certainly a contributor to the lack of intra Africa trade, which is something I have always advocated to put the continent on the path of sustainable growth. Having more competition to the established players, as well as low cost airlines such as FlyAfrica will certainly contribute in making airfares more affordable.
As long as the new airlines doesn’t discount on plane security (no point in paying less if you can’t make it to your destination, right?), and actually makes a profit to make investors happy, FlyAfrica.com will certainly makes a dent in the African airline industry, with African passenger growth expected to be the highest in the world over the next 20 years according to the IATA.