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 L        AASA Member News & Notices


Wrenelle Stander appointed as AASA CEO
July 1, 2021. AASA news.

Johannesburg. The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA), announces that Wrenelle Stander has been appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer, with effect from mid-July 2021.
Ms Stander takes over the reins from Chris Zweigenthal who is retiring from the industry body he has served with distinction for over 19 years.
    “Wrenelle, whose career includes extensive leadership experience in the public and private sectors of the air transport and energy industries as well as in the South African Government, is the ideal choice to lead AASA and represent its members in its engagements on matters of common interest. As a former AASA chairperson, she is also familiar with the association and the kinds of issues it takes up,” said Mr Zweigenthal.
    “Finding the sweet spot in the nexus between government and industry is the thread that has strung together my various roles in the energy and aviation industries and one that is crucial to the vital role that AASA fulfils in representing the air transport industry throughout the Southern African Development Community region,” explained Ms Stander.
    “Wrenelle is widely respected throughout the Southern African air transport industry and her ability to navigate and further enhance our relationships with all stakeholders will be a tremendous asset for AASA and our industry, especially as we grapple with the slow and painful recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic and the devasting impact that related travel restrictions have had for air transport, tourism, trade, jobs and livelihoods in our region,” said AASA Chairperson, Elmar Conradie.
    Prior to joining AASA, Ms Stander, who holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University in the UK and a BA (Hons) from the University of Cape Town, held a number of key executive positions including CEO of Comair, Managing Director of South Africa’s Air Traffic Navigation Service (ATNS) and Sasol’s Gas business. She also held executive and nonexecutive directorships on various boards. Ms Stander began her career in South Africa’s National Department of Transport where rose to become Chief Director Aviation and Maritime Regulation and also served as Deputy CEO of the SA Civil Aviation Authority.  Download the media statement...

  L  Why are flights not banned under Level 4? Fikile Mbalula clears the air  
June 30, 2021. Cebelihle Bhengu for timeslive.co.za

AASA welcomes this endorsement of the proven effective bio-security measures implemented by airlines and airports.
Transport minister Fikile Mbalula said on Tuesday the government is not considering halting airline operations under alert level 4 lockdown as it has been advised they are not superspreaders.
The aviation sector and airlines are not superspreaders. People need to travel for the economy to function. SA Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula

   L      Global news / 2021

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  L  Global Airline IT Market Analysis & Forecast to 2025: Covid-19 - Impact on Aviation Industry / Impact on Airline IT / Current State of Airlines September 8, 2020. Globe Newswire.

The Analysis of the Global Airline IT Market, Forecast to 2025 report has been published by ResearchAndMarkets.com. 
    Airlines are facing an ever-evolving digital landscape and an increase in expectations from an always-connected passenger. Cloud computing, mobile solutions, machine learning (ML), Blockchain, etc. are disrupting numerous traditional processes across industries. Airlines have lagged behind other industries in embracing these digital enablers, but many have begun their digital transformation (DT) journey that will fundamentally change the traditional airline information technology (IT) strategies.  
    The major challenge for airlines is their dependence on legacy systems for their critical IT needs. Solution providers are developing digital solutions that will enable airlines to overcome this challenge and help them grow in their DT endeavors. Read more...

          ICAO news / 2021

      ICAO COVID-19 Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART)    
May 27, 2020
Montréal, Canada.

Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

The CART Take-off guidance includes a section on Public Health Risk Mitigation Measures, in addition to four operational modules relating to Airport guidelines; Aircraft guidelines; Crew guidelines; and Cargo guidelines. It also includes recommendations for countries to evaluate passenger medical testing solutions using the new ICAO Manual on Testing and Cross-border Risk Management Measures.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global air transport is without precedent. Airports have seen a -28.4% decline in global passenger traffic volumes for the first quarter of 2020, equivalent to a reduction of 612 mn passengers. For airlines, the revenue passenger kilometres flown (RPKs) worldwide were down by 94% on the previous year. International RPKs were down 98%, as the passenger side of the industry was virtually grounded.
    ICAO estimates that, by the end of 2020, the COVID-19 impact on scheduled international passenger traffic could reach reductions of up to 71 per cent of seat capacity and up to 1.5 billion passengers globally. Airlines and airports face a potential loss of revenue of up to 314 billion USD and 100 billion USD, respectively, for 2020. Read more...  

          Africa news / 2021

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  L  Cover story: Tough times not yet over for African airlines
June 18, 2021. Rebecca Campbell for Engineering News & Mining Weekly.

Around the world, light is now visible at the end of the Covid-19 pandemic tunnel (although the distance to the end of the tunnel varies greatly from country to country).

One of the economic sectors that will be most relieved by this is the airline sector, and not least its African, Southern African and South African members. Even before the pandemic hit, many of the continent’s airlines were in financially weak situations, in large part as a result of heavy government charges and taxes, but also because of restricted access to markets within Africa and low load factors. 
    In 2019, African airlines suffered a combined loss of $200-million, despite the continent’s economic growth. What applied to Africa in general also applied to Southern Africa in particular. Read more...

  L       IATA news 2021 

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  L  May 2021 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
Published July 7, 2021.                                                
Air travel sustains recovery with challenges ahead
African airlines best performers in weak global travel market

International travel market remains weak, African airlines were the best performer since travel restrictions are less strict in the region. Seasonally adjusted load factors improved compared to April in all regions except for Asia-Pacific and Africa. Read more...  

  L  May 2021 Air Freight Market Analysis    
Published July 7, 2021.  
Air cargo trends higher and outperforms global goods trade
African airlines' growth slows

Growth in international CTKs registered by African airlines moderated in May to 24.5%, but that was down from a brisk 34%. This was mostly driven by a deceleration in the strong trade flows between Africa and Asia, from 29% vs 2019 in April 2021 to 19% in May 2021. Read more... 

          Southern Africa news / 2021 

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  L  The busiest air travel routes in South Africa – before and after COVID
June 7, 2021. BusinessTech.co.za. 

The latest 2020 Africa air transport report from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) shows how air routes in South Africa and its neighbouring nations were decimated during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
    While air travel is still largely restricted in 2021 due to the pandemic, travel – particularly for business – has slowly normalised. However, the damage caused by the pandemic has made its mark as recorded by the AFRAA.
    Financially, 2020 was an exceptionally difficult year in history, it said, with estimated passenger revenue lost by African airlines in 2020 at $10.21 billion. Read more...

  L       Environment news 2021

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  L  ROUTES training links for AASA
March 27, 2021. 

To support the aviation sector, ROUTES has developed a range of training tools designed to enable companies to deliver training to their staff on combatting wildlife trafficking and can be used or adapted free of charge.

  L  Let's #EndWildlifeCrime
October 15, 2020. IATAtv.

We need to protect wildlife for generations to come 

IATA is working with the aviation industry to support the work of enforcement agencies in combating the illegal trade in wildlife.​​​​ The aviation sector is proud to work with partners including ROUTES Partnership and United for Wildlife to combat illegal wildlife trafficking around the world. AASA supports the industry's initiatives to stop wildlife crime.