Air transport supports 6.8 million jobs and $72.5 billion in GDP in Africa.

The air transport industry in Africa directly generated an estimated 381,000 jobs in 2014.

Africa jobs and GDP

  • 133,600 of those people (35% of the total) were in jobs for airlines or handling agents (for example, flight crew, check-in staff, maintenance crew, reservations and head office staff).
  • Another 37,000 people (10% of the total) worked for airport operators (for example, in airport management, maintenance, security, and operations).
  • 170,300 jobs (45%) were on-site in airports, at retail outlets, restaurants, hotels, etc.
  • A further 24,700 people (6%) were employed in the manufacture of civil aircraft (including systems, components, airframes, and engines).
  • Air navigation service providers employed an additional 15,300 people (4%).

The total impacts – including those from the operations of the air transport sector itself, the impact of the air transport sector’s procurement of inputs of goods and services from its supply chain, and the impact of employees of the air transport sector and its supply chain spending their wages – mean the air transport sector supported 1 million jobs and contributed $26.5 billion to GDP in Africa.


In addition, travel and tourism supported 5.8 million people in employment and contributed $46 billion to GDP in Africa’s economies.