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...

The intra-Africa connectivity debate
December 11, 2017. 
AASA Africa news.

AASA addresses the intra-Africa connectivity and Single African Air Transport Markets (SAATM) debate, and presents a variety of views and articles, to encourage debate, including: an article by Rwanda's New Times urging the African continent to sign-up to the SAATM initiative to stimulate Africa's economy; a Q&A with Alexandre de Juniac IATA's Director General and CEO around the question: What is wrong with African airlines and why can’t the majority of them break even, much less make a profit?IATA's outlook for Africa in 2018;  and a thought-provoking article by Richard Li of the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies, presenting his case for the aviation industry being a catalyst for growth in Africa. Read more...

Implementation key to Africa open skies agreement
February 1, 2018. IATA news.

 IATA has hailed the “momentous” launch of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) by the African Union (AU) to open up the continent’s skies — but says successful implementation is vital.

The SAATM is a deregulated airspace, which allows aircraft to fly freely between the 23 AU member states that have agreed to the initiative. Read more...

January 2018 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
January 2018 Passenger Demand Growth Slows.

January 2018 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
Growth in air freight volumes makes a robust start to 2018. 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...

Electric passenger planes to be developed by Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens 
November 28, 2017.
Airbus news.

Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens have teamed up to develop a passenger plane powered by a hybrid-electric motor.

The three companies together announced the groundbreaking collaboration, bringing together some of the world’s foremost experts in electrical and propulsion technologies, at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London.

The E-Fan X hybrid-electric technology demonstrator is anticipated to fly in 2020 following a comprehensive ground test campaign, provisionally on a BAe 146 flying testbed, with one of the aircraft’s four gas turbine engines replaced by a two megawatt electric motor. Read the original article here...

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