The revered Kenyan Professor, Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba has proposed that national airlines in the East Africa sub-region should amalgamate into one airline.
“Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania, Uganda Airlines, Rwanda Air, Air Burundi should all be merged into a single AIRLINE to create EAST AFRICAN AIRLINE to include South Sudan. The Governments can take 10% each and 40% is floated to the public.” tweeted the eloquent lawyer.
Acccording to the former director of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, the idea is to create what would be known as the EAST AFRICAN AIRLINE (EAA) including South Sudan.
The 58 years old staunch Pan-Africanist in his proposal suggested that the various “governments can take 10% each” and float 40% to the public.
Known as an admirer of Patrice Lumumba and Thomas Sankara, the assassinated revolutionary leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burkina Faso, respectively, P.L.O. Lumumba has delivered several powerful speeches across the continent proferring African solutions to African problems.
According to the INSIDER, an American research firm, “the first high-profile airline merger occurred between American Airlines and Trans World Airlines shortly after the turn of the century, kicking off what would be a trend in American aviation as consolidation would take over a weakened industry rocked by the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, and the 2008 financial crisis.”
It also said that “the past 2 decades saw the number of major airlines in the US cut in half. The consolidation in the 2000s left customers with fewer options as profits soared.”