Air Côte d’Ivoire opens a new route to South Africa

Air Côte d’Ivoire will launch a new route between Johannesburg and Abidjan, in Côte d’Ivoire. The Johannesburg-Abidjan route via Kinshasa will be launched on June 29, 2022.

The airline will introduce four weekly flights between Johannesburg and Abidjan. Reservations opened on June 1, 2022.

The new road also provides easy access to 16 West and Central African countries: Congo, Gabon, Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niger, Liberia, Benin, Senegal, Cameroon, Togo , DRC, Ivory Coast and Guinea-Bissau.

Strategic partnership

Last year, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa signed nine cooperation agreements with his Ivorian counterpart, Alassane Ouattara. At the Ivorian-South African Economic Forum in December 2021, Ramaphosa said the West African nation is an attractive investment and trade destination for South African businesses, and African countries can fully leverage the benefits. of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) if they work together.

“Côte d’Ivoire is a strategic trading partner for South Africa, and there is enormous potential to further increase trade in value-added products between our two countries. Having broader and more direct access to each other’s markets is a catalyst for investment,” Ramaphosa said. said during the forum held at the Sofitel hotel in Abidjan.

Côte d’Ivoire’s GDP in 2021 was $70.99 billion and statistics from the African Development Bank show that the country’s GDP could grow by 6.5% in 2022, transport sectors, construction, agriculture and oil are expected to drive much of this growth.

Air Côte d’Ivoire CEO Laurent Loukou believes the new route between Abidjan and Johannesburg will be key to opening up investment opportunities and improving bilateral trade between the two countries.

“Of course, the timing of the new road has been strategic as we head into IATF2023. Africa is preparing to become a strong economic bloc and Ivory Coast and South Africa have a huge role to play in this growth. African trade is key to unlocking industrial opportunities for many African countries, especially between Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa,” he said.

Drive new business

“We believe in the future of Africa just as we believe in the future of our airline. We are making bold new plans for our future and that includes this new route to connect South Africa to the Côte d’Azur. ‘Ivoire Africa is open for business and we want to make it easier to do business.

Côte d’Ivoire will host the Intra-African Trade Fair 2023 (IATF2023), the continent’s key event for trade, which updates the vision of the AfCFTA.

The organizers of the fair, the African Export-Import Bank, in collaboration with the African Union and the AfCFTA Secretariat, expect the deals to be well over $36 billion in trade deals signed. at last year’s event.

“Côte d’Ivoire is one of the most dynamic economies in Africa and offers great investment opportunities in West Africa. It makes sense to do business with us. Air Côte d’Ivoire wants to be part of of this economic growth in our country.

“We are delighted with this opportunity to generate new business between Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa. The possibilities for cooperation and business are endless,” said Loukou.

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