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                civil aviation regulations in Cameroon. The text gradually secures the country to most of the stan- dards and practices recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
In 2014, the phasing of Cameroon’s regulations with the requirements of the world aeronautic community continued through the elaboration of enforcement texts on civil aviation. The adoption of the regulatory framework for service manage- ment helps to restart indoor air transport.
Concerning the security of civil aviation, the Douala and Yaoundé-Nsimalen International air- ports saw their air cargo screening measures stepped up for greater safety, while the Garoua and Maroua airports received with new passen- gers and hold baggage inspection and scree- ning equipment.
Improving flight safety in the secondary airports has been a matter of great concern for the Cameroonian authorities.
The level of protection in airports has been streng- thened in Ngaoundere, Bertoua, Bafoussam and Bamenda. Thanks to the installation of a cate- gory II ILS system in Maroua, operating the aero- drome will no longer suffer from the vagaries of the weather.
In 2016, the number of passengers was 1 236 965 against 1 312 126 in 2015, that is a decline by 5.7%; freight was down by 7.8%. Turnover increased by 0.6% owing to the increase in the number of passengers on long- haul flights.
During the first half of 2017, and year-on-year, the overall number of passengers, air freight and
turnover increased respectively by 24.4%, 12.9% and 21.8%. These results are linked to the modernization of infrastructures, regularity of flights and the opening of new stops. By the end of the year, operators bank on an upward trend of 4.1%, 7.8 and 24.5% for the passengers’ traf- fic, freight and turnover as well.
An expression of President Paul Biya’s will to pro- vide Cameroon with a strong airline, the Cameroon Airlines Corporation (Camair-Co) launched commercial flights on 28 March 2011. By launching Camair-Co, the Cameroon govern- ment decided to reposition itself in a sector, which was almost forsaken to private national and foreign investors.
Camair-Co took off with difficulty, having suffe- red a strong deficit at the end of its first year of operation. The trend that went on in 2012 can be explained, among others, by the lack of appropriate strategy and, to make things worse, higher fuel prices. But, according to informed observers, such a result is due in particular to competition by Air France on the long-haul flights that weakened the demand.
To stay in business, several observers argue that they should come back on a clause of its coming to exis- tence according to which the decree creating the corporation specifies that 51% of its capital would be held by a private shareholder. In so doing, its one shareholder, that is the State, could rationalize its financial interventions to the company, which is expected in the short-term to clean up its operations, and adapt its activity to the current economic growth whose induced effects can be compared to those of a beneficial “jet stream” for an aircraft.
 A view of the international Airport of Douala

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