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Boosting Singapore's air links with Africa

With a more challenging market environment and growth levels moderated, Changi must find ways to woo African airlines to ply the S'pore route.

HAMPERING GROWTH: Currently, there are direct flights from Singapore to only Mauritius, Johannesburg and Cape Town. With trade volumes between Africa and Asia expected to reach US$1.5 trillion by 2020, the Republic's limited air connectivity with the African continent has an obvious negative impact on the ease of access to and from Singapore for investors.

AFRICA and Asia will no doubt see an increase in air passenger traffic in the years ahead, as the growth worldwide hits a projected 7.3 billion by 2034. Africa's numbers will grow by 4.7 per cent, with an extra 177 million passengers a year for a total market of 294 million.