IATA is lobbying African governments to ease the fuel-tax burden on the continent's airlines.
The association estimates that the "fuel uplift" in Africa is 21% higher than in other parts of the world, and that whereas fuel accounts for about a third of an average airline's costs, in Africa the comparable figure is 44%. "Much of the problem is because government policies in Africa tend to see aviation as an elite product, rather than as a critical component of the continent's economic infrastructure," says IATA director general Tony Tyler. "As a result it is heavily taxed - often in violation of international principles which prohibit the taxation of jet fuel for international operations."
Tyler adds that IATA is "campaigning across Africa for governments to review the situation", noting: "We have had some success in Angola, Uganda and Ghana. But there is a lot more work to be done."
He made these remarks during an address to the Cape Town Press Club in South Africa.