African Airlines have lost $400m (£312m) since the outbreak of the
coronavirus in China in February, according to the global airline
The epidemic is not as widespread in Africa as in other continents,
but it has led airlines like South African Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Air
Tanzania, Air Mauritius, EgyptAir, RwandAir and Kenya Airways to
suspend flights to and from China.
The continent’s largest airline, Ethiopian Airlines, is still operating flights to and from five cities in China.
Vice-President of the International Air Transport Association (IATA),
Raphael Kuuchi, told the BBC that the losses in the continent’s
aviation industry had so far come from suspended and cancelled flights
on routes to China.
He said the impact of the virus is bound to get wor...