In 2015 and 2016, Air Algérie will be servicing 10 new destinations in Africa. This was announced by the airline’s CEO, Mohamed Salah Boultif, who went on to specify that Cameroon’s two largest cities, Yaoundé and Douala, will begin in 2016.
Air Algérie will be entering an increasingly competitive market. Indeed, according to statistics provided by the Cameroon Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA), air traffic increased by 2% in Cameroon in 2014. Between 2012 and 2013, it had already increased by 11%, according to the same source.
Despite the increasingly apparent interest African and European airlines have shown in Cameroon, the industry leader remains Air France which has a 21% stake in the thirty-company strong market. Respectively second and third in line are Brussels Airlines (13%) and Camair Co (11%), the national carrier. In total, these three companies on their own represent 45% of Cameroon’s air transportation, according to the CCAA.