Airline passengers tipped to double by 2035

first_imgPassengers who think airports are crowded now should brace themselves to deal with twice as many people by 2035.The International Air Transport Association is predicting passenger numbers will almost double from 3.8 billion this year to 7.2 billion in 2035 based on an annual compound average growth rate of 3.7 percent.But it  warned of long delays for passengers and flights unless air transport stakeholders work together to improve infrastructure.The airline industry group also cautioned a  strengthening of the current trend towards trade protectionism could cut growth to 5.8 billion, affecting aviation jobs and the global economy, as barriers slow growth to an annual compound growth rate of 2.5 percent.”Economic growth is the only durable solution for the world’s current economic woes, ” IATA director general Alexandre De Juniac told the World Passenger Symposium in Dubai on Tuesday. “Yet we see governments raising barriers to trade rather than making it easier. If this continues in the long-term, it will mean slower growth and the world will be poorer for itBased on the 3.7 percent growth figure, IATA forecasts the Asia-Pacific region will be the biggest growth driver with China tipped to provide 817 million new passengers annually in 2035 and displace the US as the world’s biggest aviation market.The US will gain an additional 484 million passengers to retain second place while India, with an additional 322 million passengers, will replace the UK in third place.Indonesia and Vietnam are also forecast to grow quickly to round out the top five with 135 million and 112 million new passengers, respectively.Routes to, from and within the Asia-Pacific will grow at 4.7 per cent to see an extra 1.8 billion passengers a year in two decades’ time to bring the overall market size to 3.1 billion.North American growth of 2.8 per cent annually will see 1.3 billion passengers travelling each year, up by 536 million, while Europe will record the slowest growth rate of 2.5 per cent to add 570 million passengers and hit 1.5 billion travellers annually by 2035.The Middle east will continue to grow strongly at 5 per cent per year to add 238 million passengers annually by 2035 and bring to total market size to 414 million passengers. The United Arab Emirates will top the region’s growth at 6.3 per cent a year.Africa is also expected to see strong growth of 5.1 per cent annually for a total market of 303 million passengers while Latin American markets will grow by 3.8 per cent annually to 658 million passengers.IATA has a roadmap to handle the growth called the Simplifying Business Program which includes initiatives to make airport and security checkpoints more efficient, provide customers with better real-time information and improve the way tickets are issued and itineraries recorded.Part of this is proposal called One Identity, which would mean passengers would need to prove their identity just once and eliminate the need for repeated ID checks.But whether the aviation industry and governments are capable of coping with the massive growth remains to be seen.De Juniac called for players in the air transport industry to work together to embrace “speed, innovation to meet the challenges of growth and rising passenger expectations’’.But he warned of problems with airport and airspace capacity, citing rising congestion in Europe and potential issues in the Gulf region and China.“I fear we may be headed for an infrastructure crisis that will impact air travellers,’’ he said. “Inadequate infrastructure negatively impacts the passenger experience in the form of flight delays, longer routes and inefficient schedules.“Then there is the cost to economies of lost business opportunities, employment and social development. Remember aviation is a critical catalyst for economic and social development, supporting 63 million jobs and some $2.7 trillion in economic impact.”IATA also released a survey of almost 7000 passengers which showed travellers wanted to do more of the traditional check-in processes before they arrive at airport and more than 70 percent now using online facilities.A big number wanted to travel to the airport luggage free, with 26 per cent wanting their luggage picked up at home and 24 per cent wanting to drop off their bags “off airport’’.Security and border control processes were seen as the biggest “pain points’’ and passengers were also keen to pass through security without having to remove personal items.  Four out of 10 chose their route based on their airport transfer experience.The survey found in-flight wi-fi had gained in popularity and more than half of passengers wanted to connect during their journey, up 12 per cent on 2015.Some 85 per cent also said they were prepared to share personal data to allow airlines and airports to offer them a more customised travel experience.last_img read more

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s true legacy: a free and prosperous South Africa

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 09 April 2018 – Following her passing at age 81 in a Johannesburg hospital on Easter Sunday, Brand South Africa highlights the important role that heroine of freedom, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, played in helping South Africa transition peacefully from apartheid to a stable democracy in 1994. Madikizela-Mandela’s courage to speak her truth and dedicate her life towards fulfilling a vision of an equitable, prosperous, better future for South Africa is what made her a truly powerful icon of freedom. A true patriot, Madikizela-Mandela faced untold hardships during the apartheid years, yet she confronted each with an inner strength and fortitude. It is her courage and bravery as well as fearless commitment to fulfilling the dream of economic and political freedom which will remain her ultimate legacy. “Her spirit, her passion…her courage, her wilfulness: I felt all of these things the moment I saw her,” said former South African President Nelson Mandela of the woman he would later marry.Her dedication to the resistance movement meant she had to push many of her personal goals aside. The first black professional social worker in South Africa, Madikizela-Mandela had been married to Mandela for just a few years, when he was sentenced to life in prison in 1962. Like many black women of her generation, she was forced to become a single mother to her two small daughters and was thrust into the limelight as a ‘political widow’. “We were hardly a year together when history deprived me of you,” she wrote in a letter to Mandela while he was in prison in 1970, published in her autobiography 491 Days, Prisoner Number 1323/69. Madikizela-Mandela took up the challenge of continuing to resist the racism and sexism that defined her generation with a maturity beyond her years.  It was thanks largely to her, that international attention remained focused on the story of Nelson Mandela and the fight against Apartheid while he served out his prison sentence. “Your formidable shadow which eclipsed me left me naked and exposed to the bitter world of a young ‘political widow’. I knew this was a crown of thorns for me but I also knew I said, ‘I Do’ for better or worse. In marrying you I was marrying the struggle of my people,” she wrote to Mandela in 1977, in a letter also published in her autobiography. It was when she was arrested by the apartheid police and taken away from her two daughters, then aged just nine and ten years old, that she was forced to bear the true weight of personal sacrifice for her people. She spent 491 days in detention, much of this in solitary confinement under unimaginably brutal conditions.  Two trials later, she was finally released. “She refused to be bowed by the imprisonment of her husband, the perpetual harassment of her family by security forces, detentions, bannings and banishment. Her courageous defiance was deeply inspirational to me, and to generations of activists,” noted Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate after her passing. Former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, once part of the legal team who defended Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, said she had an “incredible ability to be able to take on injustice and soak up pain in a way that is not immediately describable.” Madikizela-Mandela traded what could have been a simple life of motherhood and marriage for an active political life.  Instead, she became fondly known as the “Mother of the Nation”, serving as a mentor and mother to many of South Africa’s young activists, including Fikile Mbalula, current chair of the ANC’s subcommittee on elections and Malusi Gigaba, now Minister of Home Affairs, both of whom who lived with Madikizela-Mandela as young members of the party’s Youth League. “Mam’ Winnie lost her innocence because of a struggle she actually didn’t choose, the struggle entrusted upon her by the husband she chose and the people she identified with – the vulnerable people who were discriminated because of apartheid,” said Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in tribute to her. Actress Terry Pheto who played Madikizela-Mandela in the BET drama Madiba, said she grew up looking up to Winnie, because her mother did as well.  “I was very aware of her journey, her struggles and her fights. Because of that, it was important for me to see this role as I’ve always seen her; an important and necessary figure in our time,” Pheto said in an interview in 2017 with HuffPost. Although separated for 27 years while Mandela was in prison, the couple communicated through a series of emotion-filled hand-written letters. In one, also published in 491 Days she wrote: “As you say, our goal is [a] free Africa, my love I have never had any doubts about that.”  It was this vision that inspired the couple to dedicate their lives to fulfilling their dream of a free South Africa. Madikizela-Mandela came to represent the hopes and dreams of millions of oppressed South Africans. “Let us draw inspiration from the struggles that she fought and the dream of a better society to which she dedicated her life,” said South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in tribute to Madikizela-Mandela. As South Africa mourns the loss of a brave, courageous leader. We also celebrate her sacrifices and achievements over a lifetime of dedicated service to and making the dream of a free and prosperous South Africa a reality. Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela, who lived with Madikizela-Mandela after her husband Nelson Mandela’s release from prison expressed his sadness saying “It is truly with great sadness to have lost the Mother of the Nation. We are forever grateful for the role she played in securing our freedom. We indeed need to celebrate her legacy.”Hamba Kahle Mama. Please contact Tsabeng Nthite on +27 76 371 6810 if you would like to interview any of the following people about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: Brand SA CEO, Dr Kingsley MakhubelaFikile Mbalula, Chair of the ANC’s subcommittee on electionsMalusi Gigaba, Minister of Home AffairsSello Hatang, CEO of Nelson Mandela FoundationDikgang Moseneke, Former Deputy Chief Justice, Terry Pheto, Actress who played Winnie Madikizela-Mandelalast_img read more

Gattuso happy with improved Milan

first_imgGennaro Gattuso is impressed with AC Milan’s current brand of football and went on to praise the team after their win over Cagliari.With fellow top-four rivals securing wins prior to their clash, Milan knew anything less than a victory will see them in the seventh positionHowever, Gattuso’s men responded with an emphatic 3-0 win thanks to a Luca Ceppitelli own goal, followed by strikes from new boys Lucas Paquetá and Krzysztof Piatek to complete the rout.“We did well tonight, played good football and could’ve had more goals. I didn’t like the attitude of the midfielders in the first half, as we weren’t taking enough control,” the Coach told Football Italia via Sky.“I’ve liked our performances for a while and said we needed to get both phases right, attacking and defending. We were fortunate today.“Now it’s about hunger, the desire to work together as a unit. I don’t want to hear ‘I’ from anyone, it’s about ‘us.’“For many years we’ve reached the spring and Milan have been outside the race for the Champions League, but we need to break that trend and fight hard to be in a strong position when the final weeks arrive.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….The former Rossoneri midfielder praised Calhanoglu for his effort on the flanks and his impact on the game.Way to go boys, determination begets success 👏🏼Bravi ragazzi, siamo sempre con voi 🔴⚫️#MilanCagliari pic.twitter.com/Rq2RB7Ii8s— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 10, 2019“I expect more from Hakan Calhanoglu because he has remarkable technique, but then you have to look at how much he runs, the distance he travels and the work-rate. I think he is unfairly maligned, I like the way he interprets that role.“He’s not a real winger, I know that, but he can unite the midfield with the attack and give a lot of quality to the side.”Milan will face fellow top-four rivals Atalanta in their next encounter on Saturday.last_img read more