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.  

Cemair hosts AASA's 47th Annual General Assembly
October 11, 2017. 
AASA news.

Cemair, a privately-owned South African airline, is the host of AASA's 47th AGA, to be held from 12 to 15 October 2017, at the Wild Coast Sun in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.

The theme of this year's AGA is Building Human Capital for African Airlines

"Challenges such as skills development, training, transformation, the economy, environmental impact and other topical issues affecting airlines and air travel in the SADC region will dominate the debates and panel discussions. Speakers include regional and international experts and we expect the Assembly to generate follow-up initiatives and actions to address the challenges," says Chris Zweigenthal, AASA CEO. Read more...

Africa to launch single air transport market in 2018 
July 6, 2017.
AllAfrica.com news desk.

An African single air transport market will be launched in January 2018, with 40 plus countries expected to be signatories by then. 

So far, 20 African countries out of 55 have subscribed to the African single air market. This was announced by David Kajange, the head of the Transport and Tourism division at the African Union (AU) on the sidelines of the 29th African Union Summit, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 27 June to 4 July 2017.  

A single air transport market is one of the goals of African Union's Agenda 2063, aiming to connect Africa through aviation and other transport infrastructure to achieve integration and boost intra-Africa trade.

August 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis
IATA news.

Global revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) increased by a robust 7.2% in August compared to a year ago. 

A strong peak period, but the upward trend in traffic has easedRead more... 

August 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis
IATA news.
African airlines posted double-digit annual international freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) growth - by 12.1%, up from a revised 10.9% in July - leading all regions who posted double-digit growth. 

Another strong month for FTKs, but signs that cyclical peak is nearRead more...

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The green aviation debate 
August 16, 2017. 
AASA news desk.

AASA addresses the green aviation debate and presents a variety of views and articles, to encourage debate and action, including IATA's analysis on the cost of going green; the Booz & Company (now PWC's Strategy&)'s assertion that airlines have no choice but to reduce their consumption of jet fuel in their analysis of the future of green aviation; an article by National Geographic about advances that will change air travel such as new commercial plane designs, alternative fuels, flight patterns, and airport architecture; and a thought-provoking article by Green Futures, part of the Guardian Environment Network, that questions whether the aviation industry, in need of radical innovation to address its high carbon footprint, could ever really be green. Read more...

SADC Travels: Tourism's economic contribution to the region
August 18, 2017.

As one of Africa's largest economic contributors, Travel & Tourism creates jobs, drives exports, and contributes to the sustainable prosperity of the region. 

The sector has a positive economic impact on local communities, and also encourages the sharing of Africa's colourful, diverse story including the regions social, cultural, environment and heritage treasures. 

According to a new report, released in June, by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the WTTC Benchmarking Report 2017, the African tourism sector brought USD$166 billion in GDP and 20.7 million jobs in 2016, making the sector larger than chemicals and auto manufacturing, and the finance sector in terms of GDP contribution; and the largest employer of all industries. Read more...

SADC Travels   |   Lake Malawi National Park: World Heritage Site

If you are planning a safari trip to Southern Africa be sure to consider Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi's spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is enveloped by sandy beaches and the granite islands of the Cape Maclear peninsula, located at the southern tip of the lake. The park’s clear waters are populated by hundreds of species of colorful cichlid fish, most of which are native to the lake. The park is home to eco-lodges and traditional fishing villages. Facilities for snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking are available. 

Lake Malawi National Park is the only national park in Malawi that was created to protect fish and aquatic habitats. The park is also home to other animals such as baboons, and an 800 year old  baobab tree.The many endemic fish species make it a key example of specialized evolution. For this characteristic, it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. 

Lake Malawi is between 560 kilometres (350 mi) and 580 kilometres (360 mi) long, and about 75 kilometres (47 mi) wide at its widest point. The lake has a total surface area of about 29,600 square kilometres (11,400 sq mi). The lake is 706 m (2,316 ft) at its deepest point. The Lake, also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique, is an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. 

Visit the Malawi Tourism Guide's website for more information and to reserve a booking at a lodge: malawitourism.com/lake-malawi-national-park 

Sources: wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Malawi_National_Park & 
wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Malawi  & 
malawitourism.com/lake-malawi-national-park & 
whc.unesco.org/en/list/289 & mumboisland.com

Above: Lake Malawi, Great Rift Valley. Envisat satellite image, European Space Agency. This Envisat image features Lake Malawi in the Eastern Rift of the Great Rift Valley, a geological fault system of Southwest Asia and East Africa. The series of lakes in and around the Great Rift Valley is referred to as the 'Great Lakes of Africa'. Credit: Envisat satellite [CC BY-SA 3.0-igo (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0-igo)], via Wikimedia Commons. 
Image source:  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ALake_Malawi%2C_Great_Rift_Valley.jpg

African Great Lakes

The Great Lakes of Africa are a series of lakes in and around the Great Rift Valley. They include Lake Victoria, the second largest freshwater lake in the world in terms of surface area, and Lake Tanganyika, the world's second largest in volume as well as the second deepest. Despite their beauty, the Great Lakes also rank as one of the world's most endangered water systems. 

Collectively, the Great Lakes contain 31,000 km3 (7400 cu mi) of water, which is more than either Lake Baikal or the North American Great Lakes. This total constitutes about 25% of the planet's unfrozen surface fresh water.                   

The large rift lakes of Africa are the ancient home of great biodiversity; 10% of the world's fish species live there.

Countries in the African Great Lakes region (sometimes also called Greater Lakes region) include Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. 

The Bantu Swahili language is the most commonly spoken language in the African Great Lakes region. It also serves as a national or official language of four nations in the region: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Sources: wikipedia.org/African_Great_Lakes & 


Right: The African Great Lakes system, in blue. Credit: MellonDor [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Image source:  commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AAfrican_Great_Lakes.svg

Environment News    |   NASA: TSAS air traffic software wins award

Above: Terminal Sequencing and Spacing, or TSAS, is NASA's innovative software tool for air traffic management that will help planes land more efficiently by controlling the spacing between individual aircraft, before they even reach the airport. This before-and-after image compares air traffic patterns without TSAS (left) and those using TSAS tools (right). The software allows aircraft to take more direct paths into the airport, using less fuel, creating fewer emissions and saving passengers time. Image source:  https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/thumbnails/image/image1-1280.jpg. Credit:  NASA

September 1, 2017. NASA. When planes get caught in traffic, the congestion doesn’t bring them to a halt. Pilots have to keep flying, of course, until the backup clears and their runways become available for landing. This means that air traffic controllers must send them on less-direct paths to their final destination, using more fuel in the process. An innovative software tool for air traffic management, called Terminal Sequencing and Spacing, or TSAS, will help planes descend more efficiently by controlling the spacing between individual aircraft, before they even reach the airport.

TSAS was developed at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, and is the winner of NASA’s Software of the Year for 2017. The Ames Research Center has been honored with the award for four consecutive years

By telling air traffic controllers when to hold some planes back and speed others up, making adjustments in real time, this tool not only increases the rate of landing at an airport, but decreases the amount of fuel consumed by individual flights, too. Aircraft that descend continuously into landing use less fuel, create fewer emissions and save passengers time. TSAS was designed specifically for periods of moderate- to high-air traffic congestion – exactly when such a tool is needed most.
Abigail Tabor, NASA