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 33 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.

Chris Zweigenthal receives the Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award for services to aviation at AviaDev
April 26, 2019. Linden Birns for AASA news.

Above: One-to-one interview and presentation of the Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award to Chris Zweigenthal, AASA CEO by Raphael Kuuchi, Special Envoy on Aero-political Affairs, IATA.

Cape Town, South Africa. Airlines Association of Southern African (AASA) CEO, Chris Zweigenthal, was today named the recipient of the 2019 Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Award in recognition of his contribution to the air transport industry.
    The award was presented at the AviaDev Africa 2019 summit in Cape Town today by the International Air Transport Association’s Special Envoy to Africa on Aeropolitical Affairs, Raphael Kuuchi.
    AASA, which was established 49 years ago, represents airlines in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries in liaison with governments, legislators, regulators, infrastructure and service providers on matters of common interest to its members.
    Mr Zweigenthal has led the association for the past ten years, prior to which he was its deputy CEO. A civil engineer by profession, he began his airline career in 1988 with South African Airways.

SA aviation leader honoured with lifetime award
April 26, 2019. Fin24.com. 

Airlines Association of Southern African CEO Chris Zweigenthal was honoured with the 2019 Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Award in recognition of his contribution to the air transport industry. The award was presented to Zweigenthal at the AviaDev Africa 2019 aviation development conference in Cape Town on Friday. Read the original article here...

African countries still hesitant about open skies - expert
April 26, 2019. Fin24.com. 

Some African countries which signed the Single African Air Transport Market agreement are still hesitant about it, according to Chris Zweigenthal, CEO of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa.
    Zweigenthal was speaking at the AviaDev aviation development conference in Cape Town on Thursday. He said many states indicated they are not ready for the liberalisation of the aviation industry in Africa, because they do not yet have a reliable local carrier. Read the original article here...

[podcast] Certain African countries hesitant to open up their skies
April 30, 2019. Samora Mangesi for Channel Africa news. 

Some African countries which signed the Single African Air Transport Market agreement, are still hesitant to open up their skies despite a commitment to do so. This is according to Chris Zweigenthal, Chief Executive Officer of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa. Zweigenthal was speaking at the AviaDev conference held in Cape Town, South Africa last week. Listen to Samora Mangesi's interview with Chris Zweigenthal here

[video] Aviation Special: The Need for Aviation to Achieve Sustainable Growth in Africa
April 25, 2019. CNBC Africa news. 

The topic for this CNBC Africa Special is The Need for Aviation to Achieve Sustainable Growth in Africa. According to IATA, current trends in air transport suggest passenger numbers will grow to 8.2 billion travellers globally in 2037. 
    CNBC Africa’s Michael Mugisha speaks to the following panel of three aviation experts about the sustainable growth challenges facing Africa: Ato Girma Wake, legendary former CEO of Ethiopian Airlines (and current board member) and RwandAir;  Adefunke Adeyemi, Regional Head, Member and External Relations, Africa and Middle East of IATA; and Chris Zweigenthal, CEO of AASA and the recipient of AviaDev's 2019 Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award.


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...

Compliance key to African air connectivity
March 1, 2019. Vicky Karantzavelou, Travel Daily News

Montreal and Kigali - At the Aviation Africa 2019 Civil Aviation Summit taking place in Kigali, ICAO affirmed that Africa’s emergence as one of the world’s fastest growing air transport markets is predicated on a deepening of regional cooperation and investment toward the implementation of ICAO’s strategic plans, standards, and other guidance materials.
    As air connectivity is a crucial catalyst for local and global development, the realization of traffic growth projections will provide significant contributions towards the sustainable development of aviation in Africa, notably in terms of the achievement of the African Union and the United Nations’ goals. Read the orginal article here...

ICAO sign agreement to increase digital framework in aviation
February 12, 2019. International Airport Review

 ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a development which will see the two agencies exploring the specifics for a new trust framework aimed at securing digital communications in the aviation sector.
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Cape Town Air Access aims to grow US, West Africa and South America direct route connectivity
March 14, 2019. Selene Brophy, Traveller24

The Cape Town Air Access (CTAA) project, aimed at improving connectivity to the Mother City, will be looking to develop three core hubs for future connectivity - these specifically being to the West Africa, US, and South America specifically.
    Forming the focal point for proactive international air route development in Cape Town and the Western Cape, the initiative has already launched 13 new routes and facilitated 19 route expansions since their inception in 2015. This has doubled seat capacity at Cape Town International Airport, adding 1.5 million two-way seats to the Cape Town network, contributing and estimated R6 billion in direct tourism spend since July 2015. Read the original article here...

The African aviation industry is still growing
March 4, 2019. James Geldenhuys, BizComm 
Source: www.bizcommunity.com 

Africa comprises 2.2% of the global market in terms of Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK), which measures actual passenger traffic. This might be a small number on a global scale but is certainly substantial on its own.
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February 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
RPK growth slows in February but load factor remains elevated. Read more...  

February 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
Air cargo volumes fall further in February.

IATA launches Diversity & Inclusion Awards
March 6, 2019. IATA news 

The awards, sponsored by Qatar Airways, will highlight the industry’s best and brightest in three different categories.
    IATA has announced a new set of awards to recognise diversity in aviation.
    Launching the IATA Diversity & Inclusion awards, IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said the changing face of the air transport sector is to be celebrated.
    “Aviation is the Business of Freedom—the essence of aviation is building a global community by connecting people, businesses and cultures across great distances. Ten million people work in the aviation industry to make this happen, and it is important that this workforce reflects the amazing diversity and inclusion that it fosters in our society. By launching these awards, we want to recognize and celebrate the great work that is being done to take the industry into the future.” Read the original article here...

ATR Steps up Presence on African Safety Scene
March 5, 2019. Alan Dron, MRO Network 

European turboprop manufacturer ATR has agreed to partner with non-profit organization AviAssist to strengthen flight safety awareness and accident prevention activities in Africa.
    The AviAssist Foundation provides impartial, expert safety guidance and resources for the continent’s aviation industry. It operates mainly in the 25 nations that make up ICAO’s East and Southern Africa region.
   Africa has considerably improved its air safety record in recent years, although some nations still lag behind international norms. Read the original article here...

Aviation industry applauds another CORSIA milestone
March 8, 2019. Tatiana Rokou, Travel Daily News  

Geneva – The aviation industry welcomed another significant milestone in the development of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). The Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has established a technical advisory body to help determine which emissions offset units can be used for CORSIA compliance.  
   The proposal adopted by the ICAO Council includes a set of criteria which are to govern the types of offsets that can be used for CORSIA compliance (known as the emissions unit criteria – EUC) to ensure that those offsets truly bring environmental benefits, as well as rules to ensure the review process is open and transparent. Read the original article here...

6 innovations shaping business travel in 2019
March 7, 2019. www.bizcommunity.com

From plastic-free airplanes and electric flights to a suitcase that follows you around to micro-hotels, electric aircraft and chatbots, 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year in terms of new innovations in corporate travel.
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Air travel innovation, collaboration key to enhancing customer experience
March 7, 2019. www.bizcommunity.com

The constant and sometimes unpredictable changes in the airline industry demand continuous improvement and different responses if companies are to remain globally competitive and robust. 
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