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 takes a stand against child trafficking
On 17 April 2015, AASA proudly signed a pledge to support the Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). This is an international industry driven initiative with a mission to provider awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry to prevent CSEC and to combat CSEC in the sector. The Local Code Representative for South Africa is Fair Trade in Tourism...Read more...

2015 Policies & Regulations update
AASA is mandated to represent its Members on all issues related to the development of Policy and Regulations impacting airline business and operations. AASA is recognised by Government, Public and Private Stakeholders as the representative airline Association in the States of its Member Airlines.  In respect of proposed new policy, legislation and regulations, AASA plays the leading role...Read more...

March - April 2017 IATA Airlines Financial Monitor  
Airlines Financial Monitor 
Key Points

  • Global airline share prices rose by 2.5% in April, partly reflecting expectations that the squeeze on margins will diminish. The monthly increase was driven by European airlines, with modest increases in Asia-Pac and North America.
  • The initial financial results from Q1 2017 ...

NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution
March 15, 2017. NASA. 
Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and Earth’s environment. 
The findings are the result of a cooperative international research program led by NASA and involving agencies from Germany and Canada, and are detailed...Read the full article here.

Good demand for African airlines continues  
May 4, 2017. Cape Town. 
African airlines continued to enjoy good demand, with traffic up 6.0% compared to March 2016, according to a report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on global passenger traffic results for March 2017. Capacity rose 2.4%, and load factor strengthened 2.3 percentage points to 68.2%. Notwithstanding fragility in the region’s biggest economies (Nigeria and South Africa), traffic...

About AASA    |    Current priority issues being addressed by AASA

Current priority issues being addressed by AASA

  • 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:
    • Climate solutions to address climate change;
    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions: reduction of aircraft engine emissions;
    • 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 air quality of nearby communities.

Aviation Festival Africa 2017    |    13 - 14 June 2017      

Aviation Festival Africa 2017
in association with AASA and CAASA

The Aviation Festival Africa, in association with AASA and Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA), is a 2-day event being held from 13th June to 14th June 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

The Festival is the leading aviation and airports conference exhibition where African operators, airlines, government and partners come to source the latest technologies and solutions for their networks.  

Register for the conference or visit the FREE expo.

An opportunity to discover the latest aviation and airport innovations and learn first hand how the new wave of technology trends will change the way you do business in Africa. Over the 2-day event you will have free access to: seminars, exhibitions, and a networking opportunity.

**You need to sign up for the free expo pass to access the expo hall**

Aviation Festival Africa is a classic convention which brings together global aviation players and stakeholders, with the bulk coming from the African continent. I had the lifetime priviledge of interacting and learning a lot from seasoned aviators, both active and retired, which changed my work habits and commitment forever. My company has now made it a top priority to send representatives every year to attend the Aviation Festival Africa.
Tapiwa Zuze, Cost and Management Accountant, Air Zimbabwe 

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