News & Industry Affairs


  • 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. Fin24.com. 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. Fin24.com. 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. Fin24.com. 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 AGA 2018 Report Summary. AASA has released the 2018 AGA Report Summary. The key issues raised are: the implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) Agreement; Human Capital Development ; Connectivity; collaboration amongst aviation stakeholder groups; the sustainability of the Industry; and digital transformation. Download the Report Summary here...


  • 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...


  • Compliance key to African air connectivity
    March 1, 2019. Vicky Karantzavelou, Travel Daily News.  Montreal and Kigali - At the Aviation Africa 2019 Civil Aviation Summit taking place in Kigali, ICAO affirmed that Africa’s emergence as one of the world’s fastest growing air transport markets is predicated on a deepening of regional cooperation and investment toward the implementation of ICAO’s strategic plans, standards, and other guidance materials.
        As air connectivity is a crucial catalyst for local and global development, the realization of traffic growth projections will provide significant contributions towards the sustainable development of aviation in Africa, notably in terms of the achievement of the African Union and the United Nations’ goals. Read the orginal article here...
  • ICAO sign agreement to increase digital framework in aviation
    February 12, 2019. International Airport Review. Digital connectivity and a robust digital infrastructure are key to the development of the aviation industry, as ICAO and ICANN sign MoU.
        ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a development which will see the two agencies exploring the specifics for a new trust framework aimed at securing digital communications in the aviation sector. 
        Dr. Liu emphasised: “Identity management is critical to the safety and security of air operations when it comes to digital communications in the 21st century and ICAO is eager to explore the potential of how our agency can serve as a digital identity trust-broker for global air transport.”   Read the original article here...

  • SANSA selected by ICAO to become the designated regional provider of space weather
    January 14, 2019. South African Space Agency (SANSA) news. South Africa has been recognized as a leading player in the space science sector. 
       The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has been selected by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to become the designated regional provider of space weather information to the entire aviation sector using African airspace. This means that every aircraft flying in the continent’s airspace will rely on SANSA for the space weather information as part of its flight plan, Department of Science and Technology said on Sunday. Read the original article here...
  • ICAO and South Africa partner on major step forward for gender equality in global aviation
    8 to 10 August 2018, Cape Town, South Africa. 
    In a major step forward for gender equality and gender action in international air transport, ICAO and South Africa’s Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) were joined by over 500 leaders and experts from around the world in Cape Town for the opening of the first-ever Global Aviation Gender Summit.
        SACAA was supported by the Government of the Republic of South Africa through its Department of Transport, and the event was jointly opened and closed by ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu, and by the Deputy Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga. 
        Representing Member States and the entire range of air transport sector operations, and bringing perspectives and insights from a range of civil society and United Nations agencies with strong gender equity mandates, the event’s participants heard from a series of leaders on why the #TimeIsNow for concrete actions and commitments for gender equality in global aviation. Read more...


  • 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: www.bizcommunity.com. 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... 


  • 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...

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  • IATA Annual Review 2018. Download IATA's latest Annual Review, a complete report on the successes, issues and state of commercial air transport. 


  • 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 that 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. Read more...


  • IATA 2018 Annual General Meeting  
    June 3 - 5, 2018. IATA AGM news. The IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit is the world's largest gathering of airline leaders. The 74th AGM, brought 1000 industry leaders to Sydney on 3 - 5 June 2018. Read more...


  • Safety: 3.8 billion air travellers by 2036
    Safely managing future air travel demand
    April 17, 2018. IATA news. Global aviation safety is built on a foundation of co-operative agreements, sharing, working together effectively, and an adherence to global standards. IATA, steering this partnership approach, held its 2018 Safety and Flight Ops Conference in Montreal, Canada from 17 - 19 April. IATA’s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac urged aviation stakeholders to adopt global standards and make greater use of operational data in order to safely accommodate an additional 3.8 billion air travelers by 2036...Read more...      
     
  • Implementation key to Africa open skies agreement
    23 African Countries sign SAATM agreement
    February 1, 2018. IATA news. IATA/Regulations & Taxation/Middle East & Africa 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...


  • ATR Steps up Presence on African Safety Scene
    March 5, 2019. Alan Dron, MRO Network. European turboprop manufacturer ATR has agreed to partner with non-profit organization AviAssist to strengthen flight safety awareness and accident prevention activities in Africa.
        The AviAssist Foundation provides impartial, expert safety guidance and resources for the continent’s aviation industry. It operates mainly in the 25 nations that make up ICAO’s East and Southern Africa region.
       Africa has considerably improved its air safety record in recent years, although some nations still lag behind international norms. Read the original article here...
  • R4.5bn new development at O.R. Tambo Airport
    February 18, 2019. Fin24.com. O.R. Tambo International Airport, South Africa's biggest and busiest port of entry, recently unveiled the first phase of a R4.5bn mixed-use development that will see its Western Precinct acquire new offices, retail space, hotel and conference facilities and additional transit-related services. Read the original article here...
  • Could women solve the global pilot shortage?
    January 24, 2019. J Josephs, BBC newsWith the global aviation industry warning of a shortfall of pilots as demand for air travel rises strongly, recruiting more women could go a long way to solving the problem. 
        Worldwide air passenger numbers are expected to increase by 6% in 2019, to a record 4.59 billion, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Looking further ahead it predicts that levels could reach 8.2 billion by 2037, led by demand in China, India and Indonesia. Boeing, the world's largest plane-maker, says that if passenger numbers do rise to that amount, an extra 635,000 commercial pilots will be needed over the next 18 years. Read the orginal article here...
  • 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 proceed with restoration and development projects. Read more...


  • 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. www.bizcommunity.com   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...


  • Air travel innovation, collaboration key to enhancing customer experience 
    March 7, 2019. www.bizcommunity.com. The constant and sometimes unpredictable changes in the airline industry demand continuous improvement and different responses if companies are to remain globally competitive and robust. This was the overarching theme of the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (BARSA) Aviation Summit, titled Collaborate - Innovate - Disrupt: Propel to 2020, held in Sandton, Johannesburg on 28 February 2019.
         The focus of the summit was on innovation and disruption in the airline industry and the implications for both industry transformation and business operations. Read the original article here...

  • The first ICAO/UNWTO Ministerial Conference on Tourism and Air Transport in Africa
    February 25, 2019. ICAO news. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of Cabo Verde will convene the First ICAO/UNWTO Ministerial Conference on Tourism and Air Transport in Africa.
        The event will be held in Santa Maria, Sal Island, Cabo Verde from 27 to 29 March 2019. ICAO and UNWTO recognize the strong interdependence between air transport and tourism, and are committed to ensuring the sustainable development of both sectors. Maximizing and balancing the benefits of tourism and air transport requires enabling regulatory environments, coherent policies, good governance and quality infrastructure commensurate with the level of predicted tourism and air traffic growth. Read more about the conference here...
  • 4 African destinations to watch in 2019
    January 25, 2019. Dorine Reinstein, Travel Weekly. Based on 2019 and 2020 forward bookings, Africa is ideally positioned to answer the need for adventure and authenticity, according to industry players. In southern Africa, Namibia and South Africa are tipped to be hot travel destinations. Read the original article here...

  • 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."  Read the original article here...