chapter  14
20 Pages

Geographies of Air Transport in Africa: Aviation’s ‘Last Frontier’

ByGordon Pirie

Colonial Africa occupied a significant place in the overseas ambitions and itineraries of European airlines in the 1930s. Immediately after World War II, entry of American carriers into Africa seemed set to elevate the continent’s position on the world airline map. Yet, as the reach, capacity and speed of commercial flying increased in the second half of the twentieth century, Africa’s prominence on the world airline map declined.