|Quoting Nseljac77 (Thread starter):|
South America / Europe
South America / Middle East
North America / South Africa
North America / Middle East
North America / South East Asia + India
Don't forget the intra-Africa traffic. Anyone who has spent some time in Africa will be able to testify how challenging intra-Africa connections can be. The non-insider would be surprised to see how many passengers are commuting within Africa via Europe, because connecting in Europe offers more reliable and more frequent traffic than trying to build a daunting itinerary through one or more African gateways.
When I was in Africa in the late 90s, connections like FIH-BRU
-LBV and so many others were a daily occurrence. Since then, the likes of SAA, KQ
have strengthened their African networks, but I firmly believe that there is still very much need for some kind of African hub, or even better a dual hub system with one center on the West Coast (ACC
comes to mind as one of the more potential airports) and another on the East Coast (NBO, maybe).
Such a dual hub system could perfectly serve a fine maze of African destinations, providing for much needed intra African connections, including some East-West connections, which are currently hard to come by. The system could then be fed by longhaul flights from Europe, North America, the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and even the Far East. At the same time, such a system should firmly focus on traffic to, from and within Africa, and leave the through traffic to hub systems which are geographically better placed for such a function.
The problem is of course that several, if not most, African Governments are not ready for such a revolutionary concept, because all that matters to them are the interests of the own country as well as personal interests. The Air Afrique faillure is the best example on how individual interests have brought such a project down.