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Title:African Airline Connectivity: South African Sanctions, Neocolonialism and Development
Author:Gaile, Gary L.
Periodical:African Urban Quarterly
Geographic term:Africa
air transport
international relations
Economics and Trade
Development and Technology
Abstract:The development of the African airline network illustrates several aspects of development and the impact of colonialism. The early network development served to link the colonial urban capitals of individual colonial powers. Using the techniques of graph theory, the author shows that rather than moving towards an independent network structure, the structure based on former colonial powers has actually between strengthened since African countries attained independence. The intra-African airline network is still relatively unconnected and underdeveloped, especially in the light of the continuing growth of traffic into the region from other parts of the world. The article further documents the delayed implementation of air traffic sanctions against the Republic of South Africa and the establishment of a 'back door' should limited sanctions close direct linkages. Finally, various problems associated with airline development in Africa are analysed. Notes, ref.