Welcome to the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA)

The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) is the leading representative airline organisation within southern Africa, working together with leaders of the aviation industry and senior public and government officials on policy, regulatory, planning, operational, safety, security and financial matters affecting the overall profitability of the airlines and their continued sustainability.

AASA was formed to represent the mutual interests of its members. Membership is open to all airlines based in southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. There are currently 19 Airline Members from this region. In addition, Associate Membership is open to airline partner organisations. There are currently 33 Associate Members, including Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), and airports, both provincial and private airports, the Air Traffic & Navigation Services (ATNS), the South African Weather Service, several oil companies, major aircraft manufacturers, engine manufacturers, a ground handling company, IT service providers, tourism organisations and other industry associations and partners.

In Southern Africa, AASA leads and coordinates the airline industry position on airport, airspace and civil aviation issues, as well as consumer legislation, environmental and tourism matters, and provides media response to important industry issues.

AASA also leads and coordinates the airline industry position on airport, airspace and civil aviation issues, as well as consumer legislation, environmental and tourism matters, and provides media response to important industry issues. 

In undertaking this mandate, AASA represents the airline industry on approximately 15 Standing Committees and Boards involving both public and private stakeholders.  

The Southern African Airline Industry: Status and Priorities
30 June, 2018. World Airnews. AASA article. 

We certainly do not live in dull, uninteresting times! Almost without exception, every day delivers new surprises, with either good, bad, or controversial news and developments, both locally and globally. The different stances and positions being taken by the United States of America, contrary to some of their traditional allies on issues such as international relations, trade and immigration, is the subject of hard talk and debate. It is even influencing relations between these “allies” and other States to which they were not traditionally aligned, establishing new links and relationships. Read more...

Governments should play part in financing airline security - ASAA CEO
June 6, 2018. Carin Smith for Fin24.

There is still a huge focus on security in the airline industry, but the continuous monitoring it involves comes at a huge cost to airlines and raises the issue of the role of governments in covering costs, Chris Zweigenthal, CEO of AASA, told Fin24 at the 74th AGM of IATA in SydneyRead the full Fin24 article here...

Not just challenges in African aviation – CEO 
May 23, 2018. Fin24.

Challenges continue to confront the aviation industry in Africa, Chris Zweigenthal, CEO of AASA, said on Wednesday. He addressed the 27th African Aviation Summit, Air Finance Africa 2018. Read the full Fin24 article here...

IATA, AFRAA sign MoU to Advance Aviation in Africa
June 3, 2018. IATA news.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the African Airline Association (AFRAA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to deepen their cooperation.  The MoU was signed by Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s DG and CEO and AFRAA’s SG, Abderahmane Berthé at the 74th IATA AGM held in Sydney. Under the MoU, IATA and AFRAA will exchange information, expertise and work jointly to: 

  • Enhance safety by assisting airlines to implement the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and IATA Ground Handling Manual (IGOM).
  • Promote regional air connectivity by working jointly with governments to support the implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).
  • Encourage data exchange among aviation stakeholders to improve the passenger experience.
  • Enhance security through capacity building.
  • Liberate airline funds blocked by governments from repatriation by advising governments on best practices to clear backlogs.
  • Achieve reasonable levels of taxes and charges by helping governments focus on the social and economic benefits of aviation. Read more...

May 2018 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis
Another month of solid RPK growth and a record load factor. Read more...

May 2018 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis
Air freight volumes look to have resumed a modest uptrend. Read more...

IATA 2018 Annual General Meeting  
June 3 - 5, 2018. IATA AGM news.

The IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit is the world's largest gathering of airline leaders. The 74th AGM, brought 1000 industry leaders to Sydney on 3 - 5 June 2018. We highlight key issues raised affecting Africa and the SADC region:

IATA Open Borders Strategy. IATA called on governments to intensify efforts to spread the economic and social benefits of aviation by removing barriers to the free movement of people across borders. Read more...

Governments Urged to Address Airline Blocked Funds. IATA called on governments to abide by international agreements and treaty obligations to enable airlines to repatriate revenue from ticket sales and other activities. Angola and Zimbabwe are cited as 2 of the top 5 markets with blocked funds. Read more...

Airlines Denounce Human Trafficking and Commit to Action. At this year's AGM, IATA approved a resolution denouncing human trafficking, and committed to actions related to anti-trafficking initiatives. Read more...

The future of the air transport industry 
27 June 2018. AASA. 

What drivers of change could shape the future landscape of the air transport industry?  We address this question by offering insights from IATA's Future of the Airline Industry 2035 study and the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft 2017 - 2036 Market Forecast report; sharing a video of the future of the airline industry by Gil Michielin, Vice-President of Thales Avionics; and track down some web articles that shed light, predictions and ideas about where the industry is heading in the decades to come.

"Airline manufacturers and airlines themselves will continue to exploit significant energy savings over the next 20 years from a wide range of new technologies, including better airline engine design, lighter composite fuselage, and more direct aircraft routing. Efficiencies will be gained from fuller planes, faster turnaround, and the consolidation of smaller airlines," Patrick Dixon, Chairman of Global Change Ltd. Read more...

Clean Energy Wire: Emission-free aviation is technically feasible - DLR Researcher 
May 1, 2018. Sören Amelang for Clean Energy Wire. 

Josef Kallo, director of the Institute for Energy Conversion and Storage at Ulm University and coordinator of the Research Group Energy Systems Integration at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), says electric flight is not just a distant vision. He sees hybrid electric motors in combination with fuel cell technology as a promising place to start. But the sky’s the limit as far as future development goes – this is just the beginning.

The main obstacle to more rapid progress in electric flying is comparatively cheap kerosene.

"Electric flying is definitely no longer a crackpot vision. On rather short distances – up to about 1,000 or even 1,500 km – we definitely have the chance to use electric motors in combination with fuel cell technology, but it remains a question of price...Read more...

Swiss-Belhotel expands into Africa
June 18, 2018. Times of Oman news.

Swiss-Belhotel International, one of the world's largest hotel management groups with hotel-footprints in Australia, Bahrain, China, Indonesia, New Zealand, Qatar, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam are targeting investment in Africa. The group recently signed an agreement with Zanzibar Crown Hotel and Resort Ltd to operate the Swiss-Belresort Zanzibar - opening for business in 2019.

Talking about the potential Africa holds for the hospitality industry, Laurent A. Voivenel, Senior Vice President, Operations and Development for the Middle East, Africa and India stated, “Africa is an exciting market because it is still in its infancy and there is plenty of room for growth. The tourism industry has been strengthened by both domestic and inbound travellers. The increase in intra-Africa travel is of particular interest to the hospitality sector because at least four out of every 10 travellers in Africa are from within the region." 

Read the original article here...

SADC Travels   |   Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area

Image credit:  Joachim Huber, Switzerland (Victoria Falls, Zambia) [CC SA 2.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], Wikimedia Commons.

Image credit above Lencer [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC 3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 
Image credit below Harvey Barrison, Massapequa, NY (Victoria Falls_Zambia 2012 05 23_1441) [CC SA 2.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], Wikimedia Commons

Planning a trip to Southern Africa? Be sure to consider a visit to the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) situated in the Kavango and Zambezi river basins. Roughly 520 000 km² and including 36 protected areas such as national parks, game reserves, forest reserves, community conservancies and game/wildlife management areas. Jewels in the KAZA crown include the 15,000 km2 Okavango Delta (the world's largest inland delta); and Victoria Falls (a World Heritage Site and one of the seven natural wonders of the world).

KAZA is situated in region where the borders of five countries converge. It includes a major part of the Upper Zambezi basin and the Okavango basin and Delta, the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, the southeastern corner of Angola, southwestern Zambia, the northern wildlands of Botswana and western Zimbabwe. The centre of this area is at the confluence of the Chobe River and Zambezi River where the borders of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet.  The KAZA initiative was created in cooperation with the Peace Parks Foundation and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Visit the website for more information.

Sources: wikipedia.org/wiki/Kavango-Zambezi-Transfrontier-Conservation-Area & peaceparks.co.za/Kavango Zambezi  & Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area: Tourism Without Boundaries