Mission & Vision


Mission & Vision


The SAATM was launched with the aim of liberalizing the air transport market in Africa through the full implementation of the provisions of the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD). The SAATM will accelerate the development of air services and stimulate the flow of private capital in the industry. The full implementation of SAATM by all countries in Africa will reap enormous economic benefits.

The SAATM will be more successful when all stakeholders work together to actualize its objectives. Governments need to work closely with airlines and other aviation stakeholders to formulate, promote and implement policies that support air transport growth. Civil Aviation Authorities have the responsibility for maintaining minimum standards of safety and security as recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and in accordance with their national laws. This will greatly accelerate airline cooperation and collaboration as all parties (particularly passengers) are assured of uniformity across the continent. African Airlines also have a major role to play; SAATM will be able to deliver on its promise if airlines actually cooperate with one another and maximize their opportunities.

Implementation of the YD refers to total air transport liberalization across Africa. Today, in practical terms, this will mean an eligible airline from one African State can fly into another African State using only a prior notification procedure.

The SAATM will bring about enhanced connectivity across the continent leading to sustainable development of the aviation and tourism industry with immense contribution to economic growth, job creation, prosperity and integration across Africa.

The SAATM will ensure aviation plays a major role in connecting Africa in order to achieve social, economic and political integration and boost intra-Africa trade. The realization of the SAATM is vital to the achievement of the long term vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa under the AU Agenda 2063.

“African unity will be built by frank collaboration, honest negotiation and democracy.”

Habib Bourguiba, former President of Tunisia