News & Industry Affairs

AASA / 2019

  • Don't copy US, Europe - give SA customers what they want, say airline CEOs 
    October 25, 2019. Carin Smith for Instead of trying to make African airlines sustainable by trying to copy what was done in Europe and the US in the past to liberate their airspace, it might be time to rather focus on what consumers actually want. 
        This is according to Wrenelle Stander, joint CEO of Comair, who was speaking at the annual general meeting of the Airline Association of Southern Africa (AASA) being hosted by Air Austral on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion.  "Consumers want lower prices and greater connectivity and we should provide a model which provides that to them. Airlines cannot operate in a vacuum...cooperation is also needed between airport providers and airlines, especially as we move forward on customer elements like self-service," she said. Read the original article here...

  • Battle for talent as over-40s dominate aviation industry - expert 
    October 18, 2019. Carin Smith for Significant jobs growth is forecast in the aviation industry, but the challenge will be finding and nurturing new talent, Vees Lochan, chief operating officer of the Airline Association of Southern Africa said on Friday. 
         "Aviation is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. By 2037 the population of Africa will increase by the size of the present population of China," he said at the annual general meeting of the Airline Association of Southern Africa (AASA) hosted by Air Austral in Reunion. 
        The 2019 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, released earlier this year, estimates that over the next 20 years the aviation industry in Africa could need 29 000 new pilots, 27 000 new technicians and 30 000 new cabin crew.
        But, said Lochan, the industry currently needs a new influx of talent. "The aviation industry is dominated by a generation of individuals over the age of 40," he said. Read the original article here...

  • Unabridged birth certificate requirement expected to be completely scrapped for foreigners - as soon as this week October 14, 2019. Carin Smith for The Airline Association of Southern Africa has been advised that President Cyril Ramaphosa recently instructed the Department of Home Affairs to completely rescind the controversial unabridged birth certificate requirement for foreign minors travelling with foreigners to South Africa.   
        "The South African government has acknowledged the negative impact of visa regulations - including the unabridged birth certificate requirement - on tourism," said AASA CEO Chris Zweigenthal at the organisation’s annual general meeting being hosted by Air Austral in Reunion.  Read the original article here... 
  • 'It seems I am always on standby' – acting SAA chief 
    October 12, 2019. Carin Smith for It has been a tough period for airlines in southern Africa and the rest of the continent, acting SAA CEO Zuks Ramasia said on Friday.
        She was one of the opening speakers at the annual general meeting of the Airline Association of Southern Africa (AASA) hosted by Air Austral on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion. She was appointed as the flag carrier's interim head in June after Vuyani Jarana stepped down. Read the original article here... 
  • New AASA Chair and Deputy Chair elected at 49th AGA​  
    October 12, 2019. AASA news. The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) would like to congratulate Zuks Ramasia, South African Airways (SAA) Acting CE0 and AASA Deputy Chair, and Wrenelle Stander, Comair Limited Joint CEO and AASA Executive Committee member on their election as Chair and Deputy Chair, respectively, of AASA for 2019/2020. 
  • Low-cost airlines can boost SA economy - aviation official 
    October 11, 2019. Low-cost airlines can be a booster for SA's economy, according to Airline Association of Southern Africa CEO Chris Zweigenthal. 
        Speaking at the organisation’s annual general meeting, hosted by Air Austral in Reunion on Friday, Zweigenthal said low-cost airlines already occupy about 65.4% of South Africa’s domestic market - and that numberis growing.                     Read the original article here...
  • Boeing crash raises serious questions on certification in Africa - aviation official​ 
    October 11, 2019. Carin Smith for The tragic loss of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX this March raised serious questions – including about certification in Africa, Chris Zweigenthal, CEO of the Airline Association of Southern Africa said on Friday.  
        "Historically, Africa’s safety record was dire, but remarkable progress was made over the past decade and it should no longer hold us back," he said at AASA’s annual general meeting hosted by Air Austral in Reunion. Read the original article here...  
  • Sustainability, Economic Growth, Focal Topics at 49th AASA AGA 
    October 9, 2019. Linden Birns for AASA news. Impediments to the success of African carriers and the economies they support will be the focus of discussion at the Airlines Association of Southern Africa’s (AASA) forthcoming 49th Annual General Assembly.​ 
        Over 200 delegates are expected to attend the assembly, which will be hosted by Air Austral in Reunion, from 10-13 October 2019. They represent airlines, governments, regulators, airports, airspace management services, ground handlers and various service providers, financiers as well as aircraft and engine manufacturers and allied sectors. Read more... 
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  • Southern Africa airlines need liberalisation and scale to achieve sustained profitability
    July 26, 2019. Blue Swan Daily. The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) is hopeful the region’s anemic passenger growth rate will accelerate under South Africa’s new administration. AASA also continues to push for a Single Africa Air Transport Market (SAATM), which if finally implemented should help airlines in southern Africa pursue faster growth, build up scale and improve profitability.
        Most airlines in Southern Africa – as well as Africa overall – have struggled to achieve profitability. AASA believes low average profit margins is the biggest issue confronting airlines in Southern Africa.
        Scale is one of the main impediments to achieving sustained profitability as almost all of the region’s airlines are small. The proposed SAATM would enable airlines from across Africa to cooperate and launch more routes within the vast continent, resulting in better economies of scale.
        “Size is very important in terms of ensuring you get unit costs down,” AASA CEO Chris Zweigenthal told CAPA TV on the sidelines of the IATA AGM in early Jun-2019. “So when you talk about single Africa transport market and liberalisation there is no doubt that there has to be cooperation across borders and there has to be alliances – not only with the big global alliances but also alliances within Africa – to increase the size and get the unit costs down.” Read the original article...

  • South Africa: SAA Signs Codeshare Agreement With Brazilian Airline
    July 8, 2019. Southern Times. South African Airways (SAA) has signed codeshare and frequent flyer agreements with Brazilian airline Gol - Linhas Aéreas (GOL), which came into effect on Thursday. 
        SAA acting Chief Executive Officer Zuks Ramasia said the airline is pleased with the agreement which is of strategic importance. 
        "We are extremely pleased with this agreement which comes at an opportune time and gives strategic impetus to our strategy of growing partnerships globally to offer our customers more travel options. It is an important step in the execution of our strategy and gives our customers, through our direct flights to Sao Paulo, a number of further travel options to explore Brazil," said Ramasia. Read the original article here...

  • 'Game changer for Africa' as leaders launch 'historic' free trade deal
    July 7, 2019. AFP/News24. African nations officially launched a landmark trade agreement at the African Union summit in Niger on Sunday, with the long sought-after agreement hailed as a historic step towards "peace and prosperity" across the continent.
        After 17 years of tough negotiations, the AU launched the "operational phase" of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in what AU commission chairperson Moussa Faki had described as a "historic" moment.
       "An old dream is coming true, the founding fathers must be proud," said Faki, adding that AfCFTA would create "the greatest trading area in the world". Read the original article here...

  • Mozambique, Zim sign air transport agreement 
    July 1, 2019. Southern Times. Maputo - The national airlines of Mozambique and Zimbabwe can now fly between the two countries without any barriers, under an agreement signed in Maputo last week by Mozambican Transport Minister Carlos Mesquita and his Zimbabwean counterpart, Joel Matiza.  
        The agreement allows the two airlines to fly from one of the countries to the other without any kind of limitation. 
        According to Joao Abreu, the chairperson of the aviation regulatory body, the Civil Aviation Institute of Mozambique (IACM), the agreement is in line with the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), a project of the African Union which seeks to create a single, unified air transport market in Africa, and to liberalise civil aviation across the continent.” Read the original article here...

  • Airline Networks & Hubs: SA shows potential despite constraints 
    June 28, 2019. ETNW news. AIR access from South Africa into Africa and the rest of the world is improving steadily, despite continued lack of intra-regional connectivity and visa constraints. Airlines Association of Southern Africa CEO, Chris Zweigenthal, says there should be no obstacles to increasing capacity from South Africa, which has unlimited Third and Fourth Freedom frequency arrangements (basic international services) with most African states and reciprocal bilateral frequency regimes intercontinentally where there is spare capacity.
        “However, SAA is the only South African airline that operates long-haul flights and, with its current focus on turnaround and a consolidation of its network, a significant expansion of its operations is not expected in the short-term,” says Chris. Read the original article here...
  • SA aviation: A tale of 2 airline industries, says CEO
    June 15, 2019. It is concerning that there are basically two sets of airline performances in Africa – one group, mainly privately owned, are doing fairly well, while others are battling to achieve sustainability and profits. This is how Chris Zweigenthal, CEO of the AASA summarises the industry. 
        "We cannot directly get involved in issues related to the grounding of airlines, but it is very important for us to try and see if we can work with the authorities to try and improve relationships," he told Fin24 at the 75th IATA AGM taking place in Seoul, South Korea. 
       One area AASA is currently focusing on is the new carbon tax applicable in SA from June 1, 2019. 
        "We work with the airlines to make sure they correctly calculate the correct carbon tax applicable," said Zweigenthal.
        He foresees that most airlines will try to absorb the added cost due to the carbon tax and try not to pass it on to consumers in the form of higher fares. Read the original article here...

  • Aviation industry surprised, disappointed at SAA CEO's resignation
    June 2, 2019. Aviation industry players were surprised to learn of South African Airways CEO Vuyani Jarana's resignation. Jarana tendered his resignation to South African Airways (SAA) board chairperson JB Magwaza in a letter dated May 29, 2019.
        Chris Zweigenthal, CEO of the AASA was just as surprised to hear of Jarana’s resignation. "I worked with him as CEO of SAA and a member of the AASA executive committee and his vision has always been one of implementing a turnaround strategy which would ultimately turn SAA into a sustainable profitable airline," Zweigenthal told Fin24. 
        "The work he was doing was contributing to the overall wellbeing and sustainability of the airline industry in the region." 
        Zweigenthal emphasised the importance of having a healthy aviation industry. "It does not help if our airlines go through tough times. We are disappointed to hear of his (Jarana’s) resignation, but thank him for what he has done for the industry," he added. 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.
  • Chris Zweigenthal receives the Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award for services to aviation at AviaDev
    April 26, 2019. Linden Birns for AASA news.  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. Read more...

  • [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.

  • African countries still hesitant about open skies - expert
    April 26, 2019. 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...
  • 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...
  • Aviation Africa Summit 2019: Flying Forward Together
    February 27 - 28, 2019. Aviation Africa, Kigali, Rwanda. The fourth edition of the Aviation Africa Summit & Exhibition saw more than 800 delegates from 71 countries converge on the Kigali Convention Center.
        The audience included government ministers, air chiefs of staff and directors general of civil aviation authorities with representatives from 35 African nations. Industry is well supported in the exhibition hall with 100 exhibitors including Host Sponsors Nexus & Wyvern, Platinum Sponsor Gulfstream and Gold Sponsors Bestfly and Airbus.
        Chris Zweigenthal, represented AASA at the Aviation Africa Summit Session held on Wednesday 27 February. The topic was: Growth or survival? Developing strategies beyond survival for regional cargo and passenger markets. The panelists included: Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO, Astral Aviation (Kenya) ; Chris Zweigenthal, Chief Executive, Airlines Association of Southern Africa (South Africa); Rui Carreira, CEO, TAAG (Angola); and Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo, Director Strategy & Development, Cronos Airlines (Equatorial Guinea). The panel was moderated by Victoria Moores, Air Transport Editor, African Aerospace & Air Transport World (UK). Read more about the Summit here...

  • Chris Zweigenthal to receive the Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award at AviaDev
    February 23, 2019. AviaDev Africa news. Chris Zweigenthal, Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) CEO,  is to receive the Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award at the AviaDev Africa Conference to be held from 24 to 26 April 2019 in Cape Town.
        The Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award for an outstanding contribution to route development in Africa is a coveted award named in honour of the Godfather of African aviation, Ato Girma Wake. It is with great pleasure that we announce that the recipient of the 2019 award will be Chris Zweigenthal, CEO of AASA. 
        The climax to the conference will be a one-on-one interview between Ato Girma and Chris, which will explore the origins of Chris’ passion, his journey and will allow him to share what he has learned with the community.
    Register to attend the AviaDev Africa "We Soar as One" conference here.
  • ERA hosts 2019 global Heads of Airline Associations
    January 25, 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...

  • AASA's mandate
    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 in coordinating the consultation and provision of feedback, comment and response on these proposals. 
        AASA is represented on statutory forums and Committees where these are constituted to facilitate the consultation process. Read more...

  • 2017 Aviation Policy & Airport Development white paper 
    More private funding envisaged for local airports. White paper into aviation policy and airport development seeks to raise funds and considers merging regulators that impose tariffs on passengers and airlines.
    February 23, 2017. Business Day by Karl Gernetsky. The long-awaited white paper into aviation policy and airport development seeks greater private-sector financing on airport infrastructure and also aims to integrate the sector’s operations. Read the Business Day article here online...

Africa / 2019

  • African airlines set to make almost R3bn loss in 2020 
    December 12, 2019. Carin Smith, Fin24. African airlines continue to suffer due to high costs and are projected to show a loss of $200m (about R2.9bn) next year, similar to the loss expected for 2019, according to the International Air Transport Association. 
        According to Chris Zweigenthal, CEO of AASA, South Africa's domestic air transport market is one of the most robustly competitive in Africa, with local carriers engaged in fierce competition. 
        Against the backdrop of South African Airways recently having been placed in business rescue, Zweigenthal said AASA would like the business rescue scenario to give the aviation and related industries a chance to adjust and adapt - ensuring those they serve are provided with sustainable, competitive, capable, reliable and safe services. Read the original article...

  •  Air Namibia ups frequencies to SA
    July 25, 2019. Tourism Update. Air Namibia is to up flight frequencies that were withdrawn in June, after the airline suspended operations to Luanda and reduced frequencies on some flights between Windhoek and Cape Town and Johannesburg.
        Twaku Kayofa, Corporate Communications – External Relations & Public Relations, said, from August 10, Air Namibia’s Airbus A319, which was undergoing scheduled maintenance checks, would return to service.
        The airline will then re-introduce some of the flight frequencies that were withdrawn due to the reduced number of aircraft in the fleet. Read the original article...
  • British Airways ups its SA premium flight frequency with 34 additional flights a week 
    July 23, 2019. This week, British Airways has been in the news after announcing its cancelled service to Egypt.
        On the upside, passengers can look forward to a broader offering from BA via its Comair domestic operations in South Africa - with the announcement that it will be increasing its premium flight frequencies on certain routes. BA will add 34 additional flights on its SA route network commencing mid-September 2019, available to book with immediate effect. Read the original article...

  • 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: 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.
        According to Boeing's recent Market Outlook, 1190 new aircraft with an expected value of $170bn will be needed over the next 20 years. This bodes well for the continent in spite of the challenges facing Africa's aviation industry.       The overall state of air travel and aircraft finance on the continent remain positive, with many carriers weathering the political and economic storms of the past few years very well. Read the original article here...
  • Africa on the cusp of an aviation boom?
    February 20, 2019. Pratap John, Gulf Times. Continent Africa comprises some 54 countries. Africans total more than 12% of the global population, but surprisingly they make up only 3% of the world’s air travellers.
        Africa has 731 airports and 419 airlines with an aviation industry that supports around 6.9mn jobs and $80bn in economic activity, data show. And according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Africa is set to become one of the fastest growing aviation regions in the next 20 years with an annual expansion of nearly 5%. Read the original article here...
  • Single air transport market essential for African air cargo sector
    February 20, 2019. Rebecca Campbell, Engineering News. The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative, which has so far been signed by 28 countries, is of great significance for the continent's air transport sector.So affirmed participants in a panel discussion at the Air Cargo Africa 2019 conference and exhibition.
        "SAATM is a very important initiative," stated Kenyan airfreight airline Astral Aviation founder and CEO Sanjeev Gadhia. "It is the initiative that is going to save the air transport industry in Africa." He pointed out that the continent was divided by what he called "walls in the sky", with many African countries shutting out carriers from other African countries. "This is a continent that is disconnected." Read the original article here...
  • Africa: Underdogs Threaten Africa's Darling Airlines
    January 17, 2019. Njenga Hakeenah, The Exchange (Dar es Salaam), AllAfrica news. A battle for African skies is brewing as competition becomes tougher for darling and established airlines.  
        Many African countries remain inaccessible to the majority of Africans due to the expensive air travel occasioned by few airlines. To address this challenge, many budget airlines are coming up to fill the gap that premier airlines have not been able to fill. 
        The latest entrant is the start-up Green Africa Airways which has signed the largest yet aircraft agreement from Africa with American airplane manufacturer Boeing. Read the original article here...
  • Here’s how to make Africa’s aviation industry soar
    January 9, 2019. Hassan El-Houry, World Economic Forum news. Africans make up 12% of the world’s population but only 2.5% of the world’s passengers. So why is there such a gap? Africa has 731 airports and 419 airlines with an aviation industry that supports around 6.9 million jobs and $80 billion in economic activity. 
        According to IATA, Africa is set to become one of the fastest growing aviation regions in the next 20 years with an annual expansion of nearly 5%. While it is evident that aviation in Africa has the potential to fuel economic growth, several barriers exist. Weak infrastructure, high ticket prices, poor connectivity and lack of liberalization are some of the many challenges. Read the original article here... 

  • October 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis     
    Annual growth slows, but the upward trend remains solid
    Another month of softer growth in Africa…African carriers flew 1.8% more international RPKs compared to a year ago. This marks a second consecutive month of weaker growth which is in line with the broadly sideways SA RPK trend that emerged since July. With ASKs increasing by 3.6% year-onyear, Africa is the only region to see a lower load factor than a year ago. Read more...  

  • October 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis  
    Stable cargo volumes point to a weak start to the peak season 
    Africa tops the growth ranking once more…Airlines registered in Africa saw their international FTKs surge by 12.7% in annual terms in October, the strongest growth outcome for the region since early 2018. Broadly speaking, SA freight volumes in the region have been on an upward trend since Q4 2018. Read more... 

  • IATA: African airlines show positive growth in air cargo traffic
    November 8, 2019. IATA has released its data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne-kilometres (FTKs), decreased by 4.5% in September 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the eleventh consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes, the longest period since the global financial crisis in 2008. 
        African carriers posted the fastest growth of any region in September 2019, with an increase in demand of 2.2% compared to the same period a year earlier. This was a significant slowdown in growth from the 8% recorded in August. Strong trade and investment linkages with Asia and robust economic performance in some key regional economies contributed to the positive performance. Read the original article...  

  • September 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis     
    Another solid outcome in the face of global headwinds
    Africa falls to the bottom of the growth chart…After outperforming most of the regions last month, African airlines dipped to the bottom of the growth chart in September, with RPKs up 0.9% y-o-y. Looking through recent volatility, however, RPK growth for Q3 2019 remains solid at ~3% y-o-y. Read more...  

  • September 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis  
    Another year-on-year fall, but freight volumes are levelling off 
    Africa slows but remains in positive territory…International freight volumes carried by airlines based in Africa increased by 2.1% year-on-year in September. Read more... 

  • August 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    Passenger growth improves, but the trend remains moderate
    Africa tops the international growth chart…International RPK volumes registered by African airlines grew by 4.1% in August versus the year ago. This is up from the 3.2% growth rate recorded in July. This solid performance comes after South Africa – the second largest economy in the region after Nigeria – returned to positive economic growth in Q2 2019, following a contraction in activity in Q1. Read more... 

  • August 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air freight declines against softer market backdrop
    Africa remains the strongest performer...Year-on-year growth in international FTKs either eased or declined further across all regions this month, most notably in Europe, Africa and Latin America. Despite that, Africa continues to top the FTK growth chart for another month, supported by robust outcomes from Asia-Africa trade lanes (see Chart 7 with data until July 2019). This has been partly a result of large-scale investments from key Asia Pacific economies including China which recently confirmed a further US$60bn investment into the continent. Read more... 

  •  July 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    A soft start to the peak season, but a new record load factor 
    Africa posts fastest growth rates in July...Though Latin America and Africa posted the fastest growth rates in July globaly, growth for the African carriers also slowed significantly, to 3.6% in July, from a revised 9.8% in June. Deteriorating business confidence in South Africa partly countered generally solid economic conditions in other key markets in the region. Read more... 

  • July 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes remain weak, trade tensions dent outlook 
    Africa showed the strongest y-o-y growth...Regional performance generally remained weak in July. International air cargo volumes in the biggest markets deteriorated. Only the smaller markets, such as Africa and Latin America posted growth compared to the prior year. Africa was the standout region again this month, recording a double-digit increase in cargo volumes over the past year, at 11.3%. Read more... 

  • How The South African Aviation Market Could Double In 20 Years
    July 16, 2019. Thomas Jérémie Hayden-Lefebvre, Simple Fluying. According to a recent IATA study, South Africa’s aviation market could double in the next 20 years. However, achieving this growth, the association argues, requires the maintenance of current trends and significant reforms. Here, we investigate the current market, the challenges facing South African aviation, as well as the prospects. Read the original article...

  • Three reforms will maximize SA aviation benefits: report
    July 14, 2019. eNCA. In 2017, 20.9 million passenger journeys were made to, from and within South Africa, with aviation and tourism representing $9.4-billion in gross value added. This is according to the latest study by IATA on the economic value of air transport and tourism to South Africa. The report identified opportunities for significant expansion over the next 20 years if key policy reforms are made....Read the original article... 

  • June 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    RPK growth remains solid with new record high load factors 
    Growth surges in Africa...International RPK growth bounced back sharply this month for carriers in Africa. The year-on-year growth rate more than doubled this month, to a very strong 11.7%, the only region to achieve a double-digit rate of growth. The continent continues to benefit from a generally supportive economic backdrop. Read more...  

  • June 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes weaken further, outlook remains clouded 
    Africa the only region with positive y-o-y growth...Despite its small share of the global market, Africa was the only region where international air cargo volumes were higher this month compared with their level of a year ago. Read more...

  • May 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    Passenger demand remains sound, but the trend has eased
    RPK growth trend has moderated…Industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) ticked marginally higher in May, up 4.5% in year-onyear terms. This is a solid outcome, following the short-lived dip in activity in March – where RPK growth eased to 3.1% yoy, in part due to the changed timing of Easter – but it remains below the long-term (20-year) average rate of around 5.5%. Read more...  

  • May 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes still soft, on broad-based regional weakness
    Air cargo volumes continue to languish…Annual growth in industry-wide in air freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) remained in negative territory in May, down 3.4% compared with their level of a year ago. This is a modest improvement from April, which saw FTKs slip by 5.6% in year-on-year (y-o-y) terms, suggesting that while the market remains weak, it is not collapsing. Read more...

  • April 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    RPK growth recovers in April, amid a slower trend
    RPK growth trend has slowed…Annual growth in industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) recovered to 4.3%, up from 3.1% in March. Growth remains steady, but is still well below the long-run average pace of around 5%.  Read more...  

  • April 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes fall as market outlook remains soft
    Air cargo volumes fall…Industry-wide FTK growth fell again this month, with annual growth remaining in negative territory. FTKs are currently 4.7% lower than their year-ago level, after seeing unchanged year-on-year growth last month. Read more...

  • March 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    Upward trend remains in place despite slowing RPK growth
    RPK growth well below 5-year average...Annual growth in industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) eased to 3.1%, down from 5.1% in February. This was the weakest annual growth outcome since early-2010 and well below the fiveyear average growth rate (7.0%). Read more...  

  • March 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes rebound in March, but remain soft  
    Air cargo volumes rebound in March…Industry-wide FTK growth bounced back sharply this month, with annual growth returning – albeit only just – to positive territory. FTKs are 0.1% higher than their year-ago level in March, compared with the annual fall of 4.9% recorded last month. Read more...

  • IATA AGM endorses 5 resolutions 
    June 2, 2019. IATA news. At the 75th IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit (the largest global gathering of airline leaders), held in Seoul, Korea from 1 to 3 June, IATA announced that five resolutions have been passed, including:
    1. The Environment: a call to governments to implement the CORSIA agreement as agreed through ICAO;
    2. The importance of a harmonised global airport slot system;
    3. The global deployment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for baggage handling;
    4. The global implementaton of the One ID initiative; and
    5. Airlines committed to ensuring that passengers with disabilities have access to safe, reliable and dignified travel, and called upon governments to use IATA’s core principles for accommodating passengers with disabilities. Read the original press release here...
  • February 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    RPK growth slows in February but load factor remains elevated 
    Annual passenger growth moderates in February...Industry-wide revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) slowed moderately in February, to 5.3% year-on-year. Following the brisk but short-lived uptick to 6.5% last month, the annual growth rate settled back to a rate broadly in line with the long-run average rate of growth on this occasion.  Read more...  

  • February 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes fall further in February  
    Air cargo volumes continue to fall…Industry-wide FTK growth maintained its weak start to 2019 in the latest data. Air cargo volumes in February were a sizeable 4.7% lower than their year-ago level. Read more...
  • 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...

  • How IATA's One Order could revolutionize travel management
    March 6, 2019. IATA news. One reference, One process, One industry. ONE Order aims to modernize the order management process in the airline industry.
       This industry-led initiative intends to replace the multiple and rigid booking, ticketing, delivery and accounting methods, using the data communications advances made possible by the implementation of the New Distribution Capability which will enable the travel industry to transform the way air products are retailed to corporations, leisure and business travelers, by addressing the industry’s current distribution limitations: product differentiation and time-to-market, access to full and rich air content and finally, transparent shopping experience.  For more information, d​ownload Nina & Pinta Consulting's white paper IATA's One Order.

  • Dossier: Fit for purpose - The Chicago Convention
    January 4, 2019. IATA news. The Chicago Convention has allowed air transport to increase global connectivity and boost economies and job creation. But as it turns 75, there are challenges ahead. The Chicago Convention celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2019 and remains the essential framework for the industry. 
        “The Chicago Convention has proven to be extremely resilient, being subject to very few substantive amendments since its adoption. A unique feature of this agreement is that it provides for the adoption and amendment of standards and recommended practices (SARPs), and in its role as a rulemaking body, ICAO has developed over 12,000 of these provisions for aviation safety, security, facilitation and environment protection. These standards permit civil aviation to respond and adapt to new and emerging opportunities and challenges, including changes in technology, increases in global air transport demand and capacity, as well as new and evolving threats to air safety and security.” Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Council President. Read more...

  • IATA 2019 Training Catalogue. Download the 2019 Training Catalogue and discover a new era of training. 

  • I want to offset the carbon from my long-haul flight. What are my options?
    November 17, 2019. Elizabeth Sleith for Sunday Times Travel news. 
    Q. My daughter and I are going to London in January, and she would like to offset the carbon emissions from our flight in some way. Could you point us towards some organisation that can help us do this? - Hannah Howard  
    A. Offsetting means calculating the amount of greenhouse gases that will be generated by your flight and then putting money into projects that will prevent or remove the same amount from the atmosphere elsewhere...Read the original article here...

  • Richard Branson: ‘Aviation can be carbon neutral sooner than we realise’
    October 26, 2019. Gwyn Topham, The Observer. The relentlessly upbeat entrepreneur believes efficiency and electricity could stop airlines worsening the climate crisis. The climate emergency has enveloped aviation. British Airways recently pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, and Branson says Virgin will do the same.
        In Branson’s view, “realistically, people are not going to stop flying – the most avid of marchers are going to fly. What’s critical is that we enable them to fly as environmentally friendly as possible.” 
        He remains resolutely positive: “Some people think that every other problem apart from aviation in the world will be ticked, and aviation will never be ticked. I disagree: I think aviation can also be carbon neutral, and sooner than people realise.” Read the original article... 

  • 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...
  • Airbus launches electric airplane race
    February 8, 2019.   Airbus has announced a global partnership with Air Race E, the world's first electric airplane race set to launch its inaugural series in 2020. 
        Airbus is the official founding Partner of Air Race E. The competition aims to drive the development and adoption of cleaner, faster, and more technologically advanced electric engines that can be applied to urban air mobility vehicles and, eventually, commercial aircraft. Read the original article here...

  • Global climate action effort now counts over 250 airports
    January 22, 2019. International Airport Review.  
    259 airports are now actively engaged in addressing their impact on climate change, and 49 airport operators worldwide are carbon neutral, according to the Airports Council International. 
        Following last month’s COP24 UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, Airports Council International has provided an update on the latest developments among the community of 259 airports currently in the global carbon management standard, Airport Carbon AccreditationRead the original article here...
  • The green aviation debate 
    AASA addresses the green aviation debate and presents a variety of views and articles, to encourage debate and action, including IATA's analysis on the cost of going green; the Booz & Company (now PWC's Strategy&)'s assertion that airlines have no choice but to reduce their consumption of jet fuel in their analysis of the future of green aviation; an article by National Geographic about advances that will change air travel such as new commercial plane designs, alternative fuels, flight patterns, and airport architecture; and a thought-provoking article by Green Futures, part of the Guardian Environment Network, that questions whether the aviation industry, in need of radical innovation to address its high carbon footprint, could ever really be green. Read more...

  • IATA Environmental Policy: Combating the illegal trade of wildlife 
    Transnational criminal gangs are exploiting the increasingly interconnected air transport system to traffic illegal flora and fauna. Aviation is committed to playing its part in stopping this illegal trade in wildlife, worth at least $19 billion annually.
        Although the duty for capturing and prosecuting these criminals rests with national enforcement authorities, airline staff can provide an important source of additional intelligence. International Air Transport Association (IATA) is working with the aviation industry to support the work of enforcement agencies in combating the illegal trade in wildlife.​​​​ Read more...