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 18 Airline Members from this region. In addition, Associate Membership is open to airline partner organisations. There are currently 30 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.

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.  

AASA 2017 AGA: African Pilot December issue cover story 
December, 2017.

AASA held its 47th AGA from 12 to 15 October 2017, at the Wild Coast Sun in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. African Pilot magazine has featured a cover story in its December issue. "...the conference drew nearly 300 delegates from all walks of aviation life. The Friday conference was very well organised with excellent speakers." Read more...

AASA sponsors Wonders of Aviation's attendance at 47th AGA 
October 16, 2017. Wonders of Aviation news. 

AASA sponsored the attendance to the 3-day annual event of Gift Kgadima, the Secretary of Wonders of Aviation (WOA), an NPO that uses the magic of flight to inspire and educate previously disadvantaged youth; and Comair Limited sponsored his flights. Read more...

African airport capacity critical to prosperity
April 17, 2018. ICAO Africa news. 

Addressing African aviation and government leaders at the Airports Council International’s (ACI’s) 2018 Africa Regional Conference in Lagos, NigeriaInternational Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu highlighted the continent’s rapidly-expanding air traffic and capacity will only be sustainable through the continued development and modernisation of its airports, as well as local aviation infrastructure. 

"The industry here generates positive impacts on tourism and trade, directly and indirectly supporting 6.8 million jobs and generating 72.5 billion US$ in GDP, but due to the more recent and effective focus on air transport liberalisation, many African hub airports are now expected to exceed their capacity by 2020,"  Dr. Aliu stated. Read more...

April 2018 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
Solid growths in RPKs in April, with another record high load factor. Read more...

April 2018 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
Air freight volumes have continued to trend sideways.

Safety: 3.8 billion air travellers by 2036
Safely managing future air travel demand
April 17, 2018. IATA news.

Global aviation safety is built on a foundation of co-operative agreements, sharing, working together effectively, and an adherence to global standards. IATA, steering this partnership approach, held its 2018 Safety and Flight Ops Conference in Montreal, Canada from 17 - 19 April. 

IATA’s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac urged aviation stakeholders to adopt global standards and make greater use of operational data in order to safely accommodate an additional 3.8 billion air travelers by 2036.  Read more...

Aerotropolis: the airport city debate
14 March 2018. 

Airports are traditionally built on the fringes of a city, usually surrounded by vacant land (or sparsely populated areas). The aerotropolis, an urban planning and development concept, is gaining popularity in Africa. This concept envisions city airports evolving into fully integrated airport cities: a place to live, work, study and play. 

The aerotropolis concept is the brainchild of Dr. John Kasarda, director of the Centre for Air Commerce at the University of North Carolina and author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. He is involved in the KZN King Shaka International Airport project; the Riverfields development linked to OR Tambo Airport in Gauteng; the Nelson Mandela Bay project; and the Cape Town International Airport project among others...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...

Intra-Africa business travel heats up as visa regimes fall
November 27, 2017.
Big Ambitions news.

From December 1, South African and Angolan citizens will be able to visit each other's countries without having to obtain a visa. The news comes off the back of an announcement by Namibia that it would scrap visas for African citizens. The free movement of people is the cornerstone of regional integration, according to the African Development Bank.

"When business people can travel more easily across the continent because of liberal visa policies, they bring higher levels of investment, fresh skills and expand the range of goods and services on offer," says Oz Desai, Corporate Traveller SA General Manager.

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