About AASA    |    Priority issues

  • The review of South African Aviation Policy in its entirety.
  • Representing Airline Members in the negotiations and implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision.
  • Negotiations completed on behalf of Airline Members for the Aviation Charter of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Policy with the South African Department of Transport.
  • Financial issues, such as:
    • The negotiation of tariffs with regulators and monopoly service providers, in respect of:
    • The success rate over a 5-year period is estimated at R5-billion in direct savings (indirect benefits are difficult to quantify).
    • The South African government does not deal with the airline industry directly, only through AASA, for example it discusses policies with AASA before they are changed, so that decisions do not have to be reversed.  
  • Operational issues at airports which are brought to the attention of  AASA to address on behalf of its Airline Members.
  • Environmental issues, such as:
    • Future trends and innovation promoting green aviation;
    • Climate solutions to address climate change;
    • Aircraft engine efficiency;
    • Alternative energy, biofuels and renewable fuel sources;
    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions: reduction of aircraft engine emissions;
    • Reduction in aircraft noise;
    • Combatting the illegal trade of wildlife; and
    • Local air quality: addressing the emissions from aircraft and activies at airports and its effects on the local communities.

Above:  Wing of a Shuttle Training Aircraft as it performs touch-and-go landings during training for STS-133.
Source: NASA/Jack Pfaller [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AWing_of_a_Shuttle_Training_

Open Skies for Africa - the Yamoussoukro Decision

Africa is home to 12% of the world’s people, but it accounts for less than 1% of the global air service market. Part of the reason for Africa’s under-served status, according to a World Bank study: Open Skies for Africa – Implementing the Yamoussoukro Decision by Charles E. Schlumberger, is that many African countries restrict their air services markets to protect the share held by state-owned air carriers. 

This practice originated in the early 1960s when many newly-independent African states created national airlines, in part, to assert their status as nations. The Yamoussoukro Decision, adopted in 1999, named for the Ivorian city in which it was agreed, commits its 44 signatory countries to deregulate air services, and promote regional air markets open to transnational competition. In 2000, the Decision was endorsed by head of states and governments at the Organisation of African Unity*, and became fully binding in 2002.

Extract/Source: Schlumberger, Charles E.. 2010. Open skies for Africa: implementing the Yamoussoukro decision. Directions in development; infrastructure. Washington, DC: World Bank. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/661181468146374853/Open-skies-for-Africa-implementing-the-Yamoussoukro-decision  

The Organisation of African Unity (OAU)

* The Organisation of African Unity was established on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with 32 signatory governments. It was disbanded on 9 July 2002 by its last chairperson, South African President Thabo Mbeki, and replaced by the African Union (AU).

The African Union (AU)

The African Union (AU) is a continental union consisting of all 55 countries on the African continent. It was established on 26 May 2001 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The vision of the AU is that of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the  global arena. For more information visit the AU website.