AFRICAN countries continue to lag behind in various commercial activities underlying the aviation sector, and SA will push for greater liberalisation of airspace on the continent in order to pursue growth, Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga said.The election of all eight African states that stood for election to the 36-member council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) pointed to a "new era" in aviation in Africa, where passenger numbers were expected to double by 2034, Chikunga said.ICOA — a global aviation administration body — concluded its triennial conference in Canada on Friday, with various mechanisms offered by the body to support the inconsistent application of global safety standards, including in Africa, necessary for continued integration.Addressing the second biennial South African Civil Aviation Authority’s (SACAA) Aviation Industry Growth conference in Ekurhuleni, Chikunga said SA would continue to push for the unconditional implementatio...

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