Covid-19 pulled WAEMU’s air traffic volumes down by 95%

Friday, 29 May 2020 16:41
Covid-19 pulled WAEMU’s air traffic volumes down by 95%

(Togo First) - Air traffic volumes in the WAEMU fell drastically as a result of the various measures put in place to contain the coronavirus pandemic in the region. 

During a meeting held yesterday, between the Union’s ministers of transport, the president of WAEMU commission, Abdallah Boureima, revealed that air traffic volumes reduced by 95% exactly. 

This reduction, according to the ministers, caused a substantial loss in revenues for those working in the industry and exposed some companies to bankruptcy.

In Togo, due to the Covid-19 response, only cargo planes remain operational since they serve to transport sanitary equipment like respiratory equipment and masks. 

Regarding land transport, things are not much better. The closure of borders has immobilized transportation companies; the same goes for the maritime sector. 

Yesterday’s video conference, according to Boureima, was the occasion to “assess the pandemic’s impacts on transports, evaluate the respective responses of the Union’s States to contain it, as well as identify the sector’s needs once activity resumes.”  

Séna Akoda

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