6/19/2009

Turkey to help African nations in civil aviation

Today’s Zaman - Turkey has signed a civil aviation cooperation agreement with the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), which has 48 member countries. Commenting on the agreement following the signing ceremony, Director General of Civil Aviation Ali Ariduru told reporters that under the agreement, they will share their aviation-related experiences with AFCAC with the aim of strengthening air traffic infrastructure in African countries. AFCAC chose Turkey as it considers the country as a leader in the civil aviation business, he emphasized. Ariduru recalled a conference that took place in Istanbul earlier in the week involving civil aviation representatives from 14 other African nations. "With this agreement, we hope the number of flights between Turkey and African countries will increase considerably. Currently, there are 90 flights from Turkey to 12 African countries each week", he added. As for AFCAC, Vice President Jean Kouassi Abonouan said they look forward to cooperating with Turkey, particularly on the issues of training, security and maintenance.
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