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.

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. 

“This event was an important step towards further growing the close relationship between ERA and other key airline associations for the great benefit of the airline industry. This highly-productive meeting has reaffirmed the importance of working closely with our partners and contributes to the valuable strategic work by all associations in representing the global aviation community,” said ERA Director General, Montserrat Barriga.

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...

Restrictive policies impede African airlines
October 24, 2018. Tessa Reed for Travel News Weekly (TNW). While airlines will report a profit of $33,8bn (R486bn) globally, African airlines overall will lose hundreds of millions for the same period. In Africa, airlines are expected to lose about $100m (R1,44bn) , and in Southern Africa the projected loss is even more at $300m (R4,32bn). AASA CEO, Chris Zweigenthal, shared these sombre projections by IATA in his opening address at this year’s AASA AGA. He emphasised that tourism and trade, both reliant on aviation, were powerful growth levers, but said these were being stunted by uncertainties. This article was first published in TNWDownload the October 24 issue AASA feature on pg 8 & 9

Air Namibia's West Africa route opens the intra-African sky
July 6, 2018. AASA news. 

Namibia's national carrier, Air Namibia has launched new flights to Ghana and Nigeria. With Windhoek as the hub, and Lagos and Accra the destinations, the new route opens up intra-Africa travel and trade between Southern Africa and West African countries. 

The new route will also transport passengers and cargo from Lagos-Accra-Lagos, made possible by the fifth freedom traffic rights granted to Air Namibia by the Ghanaian and Nigerian governments, as contained in the existing Bilateral Air Service Agreements
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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.

November 2018 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
Another month of solid RPK growth, but the trend has moderated. Read more...  

November 2018 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
Air cargo volumes lost momentum towards the end of 2018. Read more...

IATA & ICAO aviation training: No Country Left Behind
August 14, 2018. AASA news. 

The theme of AASA's 2017 AGA, Building Human Capital for African Airlines, highlighted the skills development and training challenges facing the African aviation industry. Addressing that AGA, Chris Zweigenthal, AASA'S CEO, issued a dire warning that if governments did not invest and focus on basic and tertiary education, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, airlines in Africa face a calamitous future; and Mandi Samson, AASA's Chairperson, emphasised the scarcity of skills, especially in technical areas, must be addressed with a commitment to world-class training in order to ensure the safety of African skies.  

IATA and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are stepping up their efforts to address skills development and training in Africa and developing nations by offering a network of global training centres and industry-standard aviation training courses and programmes; and are committed to sustainable skills development and training by ensuring training is more accessible and affordable to developing nations. IATA has announced a 30% discount on more than 350 courses to developing nations,  reaffirming IATA's commitment to ICAO's No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative, whose goal is to ensure all States have access to the socio-economic benefits of safe and reliable air transport. Read more...

SADC's airport projects and aerotropolis developments 
August 17, 2018. AASA news. 

There is no disputing that Africa presents massive economic development, growth opportunities and travel potential - the key to unlocking this potential is an efficient and effective airport, essential to the growth and success of any country. On the African content, airports are undergoing expansion to cater for rapidly growing passenger and cargo traffic volumes. Many airports are in a state of much needed upgrading, and African governments have given the green light to for restoration and development...Read more...

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...

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...

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. 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." 

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