Welcome to the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA)

The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA), is an organisation which was formed in 1970 to represent the mutual interests of its Members. Membership is open to all airlines based in countries south of the equator, including the Indian Ocean Islands. There are currently 19 Airline Members. In addition, Associate Membership is open to airline partner organisations. There are currently 35 Associate Members, including infrastructure service providers, several oil companies, major aircraft manufacturers, engine manufacturers, ground handling companies, service providers, other industry associations and partners.

AASA is the representative airline organisation within Southern Africa working together with the leaders of the aviation industry and senior public and government officials on matters of policy, legislation, regulation, planning, operational efficiency, safety, security and finance, affecting the overall profitability of the airlines and their continued sustainability. 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. AASA’s responsibility includes the representation of SADC-based airlines on the SADC Civil Aviation Committee as the Airline Consultative Member. AASA is also a regular participant and contributor to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) initiatives in the region.

With AASA’s focus concentrated on any issue impacting the airline business, the regular liaison and good working relationship with its Members and partners is highly valued.


Airlines plead for exemption from carbon tax
March 12, 2019. Linda Ensor for Business Day, South Africa. 

The airline industry made a strong plea in parliament on Tuesday to be exempted from the proposed carbon tax saying it will undermine its competitiveness.   
    The tax only applies to economic activities which emit greenhouse gases within South Africa and will therefore not apply to international airlines. 
     AASA CEO, Chris Zweigenthal, argued that the failure to exempt domestic flights from the tax would undermine competitiveness of domestic airlines, reduce the return on investment for taxpayers from state-owned airlines SA Airways and SA Express and reduce the return on investment for local private sector airlines. Read the original article here...

Aviation Africa Summit 2019: Flying Forward Together
February 27 - 28, 2019. Aviation Africa, Kigali, Rwanda. 

The fourth edition of the Aviation Africa Summit & Exhibition saw more than 800 delegates from 71 countries converge on the Kigali Convention Center. The audience included government ministers, air chiefs of staff and directors general of civil aviation authorities with representatives from 35 African nations. Industry is well supported in the exhibition hall with 100 exhibitors including Host Sponsors Nexus & Wyvern, Platinum Sponsor Gulfstream and Gold Sponsors Bestfly and Airbus.
    Chris Zweigenthal, represented AASA at the Aviation Africa Summit Session held on Wednesday 27 February. The topic was: Growth or survival? Developing strategies beyond survival for regional cargo and passenger markets. The panelists included: Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO, Astral Aviation (Kenya) ; Chris Zweigenthal, Chief Executive, Airlines Association of Southern Africa (South Africa); Rui Carreira, CEO, TAAG (Angola); and Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo, Director Strategy & Development, Cronos Airlines (Equatorial Guinea). The panel was moderated by Victoria Moores, Air Transport Editor, African Aerospace & Air Transport World (UK). Read more about the Summit here...

Chris Zweigenthal to receive the Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award at AviaDev
February 23, 2019. AviaDev Africa news.

Chris Zweigenthal, Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) CEO,  is to receive the Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award at the AviaDev Africa Conference to be held from 24 to 26 April 2019 in Cape Town.
    The Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award for an outstanding contribution to route development in Africa is a coveted award named in honour of the Godfather of African aviation, Ato Girma Wake
    It is with great pleasure that we announce that the recipient of the 2019 award will be Chris Zweigenthal, CEO of AASA. 
    The climax to the conference will be a one-on-one interview between Ato Girma and Chris, which will explore the origins of Chris’ passion, his journey and will allow him to share what he has learned with the community.

Register to attend the AviaDev Africa "We Soar as One" conference here.

ERA hosts 2019 global Heads of Airline Associations
January 28, 2019. AASA news. Brussels, Belgium. 

At a meeting held on 24 January 2019 and hosted by the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) at Eurocontrol Headquarters in Brussels, airline associations from all over the globe met to exchange information, discuss key issues affecting the aviation industry, and to promote a healthy, safe and growing aviation market. 
    AASA's CEO, Chris Zweigethal, attended and presented his thoughts on the industry skills shortage and his views on how the associations can work together to create an action plan to attract, recruit and retain more pilots and technicians. Read more...

AASA AGA 2018 Report Summary. AASA has released the 2018 AGA Report Summary. The key issues raised are: the implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) Agreement; Human Capital Development ; Connectivity; collaboration amongst aviation stakeholder groups; the sustainability of the Industry; and digital transformation. Download the Report Summary here...




SANSA selected by ICAO to become the designated regional provider of space weather
January 14, 2019. South African Space Agency (SANSA) news.

South Africa has been recognized as a leading player in the space science sector.
   The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has been selected by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to become the designated regional provider of space weather information to the entire aviation sector using African airspace. This means that every aircraft flying in the continent’s airspace will rely on SANSA for the space weather information as part of its flight plan, Department of Science and Technology said on Sunday. Read the original article here...

January 2019: Air Transport Monthly Monitor 
ICAO publishes the Air Transport Monthly Monitor that provides a global snapshot and analysis of economic and aviation indicators. 

ICAO and South Africa partner on major step forward for gender equality in global aviation
8 to 10 August 2018, Cape Town, South Africa. 

In a major step forward for gender equality and gender action in international air transport, ICAO and South Africa’s Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) were joined by over 500 leaders and experts from around the world in Cape Town for the opening of the first-ever Global Aviation Gender Summit.
   SACAA was supported by the Government of the Republic of South Africa through its Department of Transport, and the event was jointly opened and closed by ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu, and by the Deputy Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga.
   Representing Member States and the entire range of air transport sector operations, and bringing perspectives and insights from a range of civil society and United Nations agencies with strong gender equity mandates, the event’s participants heard from a series of leaders on why the #TimeIsNow for concrete actions and commitments for gender equality in global aviation. Read more...

Africa: Underdogs Threaten Africa's Darling Airlines
January 17, 2019. Njenga Hakeenah, The Exchange (Dar es Salaam), AllAfrica news. 

A battle for African skies is brewing as competition becomes tougher for darling and established airlines.           
    Many African countries remain inaccessible to the majority of Africans due to the expensive air travel occasioned by few airlines. To address this challenge, many budget airlines are coming up to fill the gap that premier airlines have not been able to fill. 
    The latest entrant is the start-up Green Africa Airways which has signed the largest yet aircraft agreement from Africa with American airplane manufacturer Boeing.

Read the original article here...

Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders 2018 report
Air transport supports 6.2 million jobs and $55.8 billion in African economic activity168. That is 1.8% of all employment and 2.6% of all GDP in African countries in 2016. Download ATAG's Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders 2018 report.

Here’s how to make Africa’s aviation industry soar
January 9, 2019. Hassan El-Houry, World Economic Forum news. 

Africans make up 12% of the world’s population but only 2.5% of the world’s passengers. So why is there such a gap? Africa has 731 airports and 419 airlines with an aviation industry that supports around 6.9 million jobs and $80 billion in economic activity.
   According to IATA, Africa is set to become one of the fastest growing aviation regions in the next 20 years with an annual expansion of nearly 5%. While it is evident that aviation in Africa has the potential to fuel economic growth, several barriers exist. Weak infrastructure, high ticket prices, poor connectivity and lack of liberalization are some of the many challenges. Read the original article here... 

January 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
Passenger growth starts the year on a positive note. Read more...  

January 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
Air cargo volumes begin 2019 on a weak note. Read more...

Dossier: Fit for purpose - The Chicago Convention
January 4, 2019. IATA news. 

The Chicago Convention has allowed air transport to increase global connectivity and boost economies and job creation. But as it turns 75, there are challenges ahead. The Chicago Convention celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2019 and remains the essential framework for the industry. 

   “The Chicago Convention has proven to be extremely resilient, being subject to very few substantive amendments since its adoption. A unique feature of this agreement is that it provides for the adoption and amendment of standards and recommended practices (SARPs), and in its role as a rulemaking body, ICAO has developed over 12,000 of these provisions for aviation safety, security, facilitation and environment protection. These standards permit civil aviation to respond and adapt to new and emerging opportunities and challenges, including changes in technology, increases in global air transport demand and capacity, as well as new and evolving threats to air safety and security.” Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Council President. Read more...


IATA 2019 Training Catalogue 
Download the 2019 Training Catalogue and discover a new era of training.

IATA Annual Review 2018 
Download IATA's latest Annual Review, a complete report on the successes, issues and state of commercial air transport. 




Could women solve the global pilot shortage?
January 24, 2019. J Josephs, BBC news

With the global aviation industry warning of a shortfall of pilots as demand for air travel rises strongly, recruiting more women could go a long way to solving the problem.
    Worldwide air passenger numbers are expected to increase by 6% in 2019, to a record 4.59 billion, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Looking further ahead it predicts that levels could reach 8.2 billion by 2037, led by demand in China, India and Indonesia.
    Boeing, the world's largest plane-maker, says that if passenger numbers do rise to that amount, an extra 635,000 commercial pilots will be needed over the next 18 years. 

Read the orginal article here...

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

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. Read more...

Global climate action effort now counts over 250 airports
January 22, 2019. International Airport Review.  

259 airports are now actively engaged in addressing their impact on climate change, and 49 airport operators worldwide are carbon neutral, according to the Airports Council International.
    Following last month’s COP24 UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, Airports Council International has provided an update on the latest developments among the community of 259 airports currently in the global carbon management standard, Airport Carbon Accreditation.

Read the original article here...

CORSIA standards: endorsed by ICAO and hailed by industry
August 20, 2018. AASA news.  

The aviation industry has praised the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the approval of a set of standards, recommended practices and technical rules on how to measure and report carbon emissions to ensure airlines comply with the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) initiative.
   The ICAO Council approved the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARP) at a meeting held in Montreal, Canada in June. Read more...

The first ICAO/UNWTO Ministerial Conference on Tourism and Air Transport in Africa
February 25, 2019. ICAO news.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of Cabo Verde will convene the First ICAO/UNWTO Ministerial Conference on Tourism and Air Transport in Africa. The event will be held in Santa Maria, Sal Island, Cabo Verde from 27 to 29 March 2019.

    ICAO and UNWTO recognize the strong interdependence between air transport and tourism, and are committed to ensuring the sustainable development of both sectors. Maximizing and balancing the benefits of tourism and air transport requires enabling regulatory environments, coherent policies, good governance and quality infrastructure commensurate with the level of predicted tourism and air traffic growth. Read more about the conference here...

4 African destinations to watch in 2019
January 25, 2019. Dorine Reinstein, Travel Weekly.

Based on 2019 and 2020 forward bookings, Africa is ideally positioned to answer the need for adventure and authenticity, according to industry players. In southern Africa, Namibia and South Africa are tipped to be hot travel destinations. Read the original article here...