L        News & Industry Affairs

 L        AASA News / 2022

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 L   AASA begs govt to waive airport fees as jet fuel rations at Cape Town squeezes airlines

September 28, 2022. Engineering News.

The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has raised concern about the imposition of jet fuel rations at the Cape Town International Airport.

AASA says the restrictions will likely result in disruptions to airline schedules and possibly lead to cancelled flights, at a time when the industry and the economy can ill afford it. 
    While the AASA appreciates the efforts being made by Airports Company South Africa to manage fuel stocks at the airport, the escalation of jet fuel rations throws into sharp focus South Africa’s vulnerability, owing to its reliance on imported jet fuel, the association states. 
    AASA has called on government and fuel suppliers to move with urgency to put in place a more robust resilience plan to ensure sufficient stocks of aviation fuel. Read more...

 L   [PODCAST: Interview] Airlines Association of Southern Africa gears up for 52nd AGA

September 23, 2022. Kojo Bentum-Williams for VoyagesAfriq.

The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) is set to hold its 52nd Annual General Assembly this year in Cape Town (Kleinmond), South Africa from 13-16 October 2022.

The theme of the conference is My African Dream which is a call to African aviation to share in the same dream of a dynamic, resilient, and sustainable aviation industry. AASA’s CEO, Aaron Munetsi speaking on the VA Tourism Podcast said the meeting will provide a unique platform for stakeholders of the aviation industry to share their aspirations for the industry beyond the horizon of full recovery in order to start making commitments to enable the realization of our collective dream. Read more...

 L   Industry perseveres despite turbulent period

September 16, 2022. Cameron Mackay for Engineering News.

As of mid-August, combined domestic and international passenger traffic to, from and within Southern Africa has recovered to about 64% of August 2019 levels, says industry body Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) CEO Aaron Munetsi.

This is despite the Southern Africa air transport industry having undergone a major upheaval and change in the past 30 months. He adds that the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in air traffic “evaporating overnight” in late March 2020. 
    The pandemic’s impact also harmed the industry’s providers of infrastructure and services, “with ripple effects throughout the respective supply and value chains of these industries”. 
    Munetsi also stresses that State-owned carrier South African Airways’ (SAA) emergence from its business rescue with a smaller fleet, network and schedule has redefined the air transport landscape.

Development Importance

Munetsi emphasises that air transport is the prime enabler and catalyst for stimulating intra-African trade, commerce and tourism. 

We still see high population growth and accelerating urbanisation in Africa. Governments need to create an enabling environment that stimulates economic activity if this is to be sustainable. Air transport will fulfil its potential only when governments allow all African airlines to operate without restrictions on existing and new intra-African routes. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO

He adds that the current limits on market access are restricting economic growth, “as they have for decades”. While removing these barriers could be achieved bilaterally between countries, Munetsi stresses that a multilateral approach using the African Union’s (AU’s) Single Africa Air Transport Market (SAATM) approach would be more effective. Read more...

 L   [PODCAST: AviaDev Insight] A look back on Aaron Munetsi’s first year at AASA and a sneak preview of the upcoming AASA AGA

September 8, 2022. 

Jon Howell, Founder & MD of AviaDev, interviews Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO and Tatum Kok, AASA's Aviation Analyst. They take a look back at Aaron's first year as CEO, and provide a sneak preview of the upcoming AASA AGA being held from 13 to 16 October at the Arabella Hotel, Golf & Spa.

Highlights from the podcast include:

  • How to manage a group of stakeholders that are in constant co-opertition?
  • How AASA is engaging airlines from outside the region.
  • The recovery of the industry. Are we on track and what more needs to be done to support?
  • The state of connectivity in the SADC region and initiatives to open skies, borders and improve collaboration.
  • The overall theme of the upcoming Annual General Assembly and what to expect. 

 L   Tackling ESG: The new big deal in boardrooms

August 16, 2022. Paul Murungi for Monitor.

Global pressure is leading the aviation industry to transition to green energy, as well as encouraging companies to adhere to the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) agenda.

The aviation industry like other businesses are being encouraged to develop ESG strategies as part of the industry’s commitment towards its Net Zero 2050 target. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is leading the industry.
    Linden Birns, an aviation industry consultant at Plane Talking says AASA is developing a regional environmental strategy to support its Members with their ESG strategies...Read more...

 L   [RADIO INTERVIEW: PowerFM 98.7] Airlines paying 75% more for jet fuel, negatively impacting domestic and global tourism and aviation sectors

August 12, 2022. 

AASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi, was interviewed by Sonto Ndlovu for the #POWERTalk series about South African Tourism and Trade's 2021  tourism recovery plan and AASA's role in the tourism and aviation sectors, as well as the recent price increase in flights and its impact on the tourism sector. 

Watch the full interview on Twitter @Powerfm987



 L   Big increases in overseas flight prices to SA loom as EU, UK green taxes expand

August 8, 2022. Carin Smith for Fin24.com.

  • The Airline Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has called for a sustainability strategy for aviation in the region to offset the impact of carbon taxes being imposed or which will likely be imposed in future.
  • AASA is busy developing a holistic strategy to counter the threat of resultant higher ticket prices. It includes looking at the use of sustainable jet fuel. An environmental expert anticipates a potentially big impact of such taxes on flights to and from SA as a long haul destination. Read more...


Where? 

Arabella Hotel, Golf & Spa
Kleinmond, Hermanus,
Cape Town, South Africa

When?  

13 to 16 October 2022

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The Namibia Aviation and Connectivity Forum, an intiative led by the Namibia Airports Company (NAC), is holding it's inaugural forum in Windhoek from 16 to 18 November this year. 

Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, is a confirmed speaker. 

The purpose of the Forum, a first of its kind for Namibia, is to create a platform where key industry players and stakeholders will share, tackle, rethink and put into motion, ideas on the trajectory that the aviation industry and its related ecosystem will take over the next few years. 

The Forum will bring to the fore, the discussion around how aviation can play a central role in the attainment of national aspirations such as Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP2), National Development Plans (NDPs) and the national transport policy. 

The 2022 Forum will focus on how Namibia can re-emerge from the recent pandemic with a resilient and sustainable aviation industry and pave way for the development of a series of policy and structural reforms. 

Who should attend? 

The Forum will attract delegates from within Namibia, the region and beyond. Although it is the first of its kind in Namibia, it will be meeting point for the wider SADC community. Attendees will comprise of leaders, administrators, business people, and technical experts in all sectors of the aviation and ancillary industries, who will arrive or contribute from all over the sub-continent. Click here to register for the Forum.


   L      Global News / 2022

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  L  Below the wing of the global airline sector
September 1, 2022. VettaFi.

The rising price of jet fuel, which recently reached its highest point in well over five years, at almost $103/barrel, has become yet another challenge for the global aviation industry, which is badly hit because of Covid-19. 

Fuel is a major cost component of operating an airline, often accounting for 20-30% of operating costs, according to OAG, a UK-based global travel data provider. So, a rise in fuel costs of this scale (70% up on a year ago) means airlines have to reduce costs elsewhere or increase fares, OAG said and noted, “In the current operating environment neither is easy.”
    IATA estimates that jet fuel will average $102.2/barrel this year. This, it said will have a $65bn impact on the airline industry’s 2022 fuel bill. Fuel is such a large cost for airlines that it is the focus of intense efforts across the industry to find efficiency improvements. Read more...

       L  Africa News / 2022

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  L  How will Africa increase air cargo market share as recovery gears up?
July 18, 2022. Logistics Update Africa.

Current aviation market trends and data points suggest that aviation is slowly and steadily getting back to what it was pre-pandemic. Going forward, how will Africa’s air cargo industry deal with the headwinds and tailwinds it is experiencing?

The air cargo industry in Africa benefited from the strong demand for vaccines and other medical and humanitarian supplies needed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic which ravaged the aviation industry from early 2020. To enhance their capacity to meet the unusual demand, Africa's cargo airlines acquired converted cargo aircraft.
    One of the significant benefits of Covid-19 to Africa was the opportunity for some African airlines to develop internal capacity for passenger-to-cargo aircraft conversion. Other regional airlines like Overland Airways in West Africa responded positively to the demand for the special flights. Roger Foster, CEO of Airlink, in South Africa, said his airline made use of belly hold to move cargo during the period.. Read more...

      L  Southern Africa News / 2022 

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  L  Emirates partners with South Africa as local airlines struggle

September 1, 2022. 

The minister of tourism, Lindiwe Sisulu, has announced a partnership with middle eastern airline Emirates as domestic flight capacity remains constrained. 
    At a media briefing, Sisulu said that during a visit to Dubai, bilateral agreements were made with Emirates to give it access to South Africa’s domestic routes while the airline promotes South Africa abroad. 
    Sisulu said government is in a code-sharing agreement with the airline and has since signed an MoU to grow the tourism market in South Africa. 
    In the earlier part of August, Sisulu met with AASA following reports relating to shortages of airline seats and the rising cost of flight tickets. She said that the failings of domestic airlines affect the tourism industry directly – and the tourism industry is eager to help. Read more...

  L       IATA News 2022 

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  L  July 2022 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
Published September 7, 2022. IATA Economic Reports.

Strong passenger demand
African airlines' passenger demand surges again at 84.8%%

African airlines saw an 84.8% rise in July RPKs versus a year ago. July 2022 capacity was up by 46.7%, while the load factor climbed by 15.5 percentage points to 75.0%, the lowest among regions...Read more...  

  L  July 2022 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
Published September 7, 2022. IATA Economic Reports.

Cargo volumes falter         
Africa's air cargo volumes decrease by 3.5%

African airlines saw cargo volumes decrease by 3.5% in July 2022 compared to July 2021. This was significantly slower than the growth recorded the previous month (5.7%). Capacity was 2.2% below July 2021 levels...Read more...  

  L       Environment News 2022

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  L  Big increases in overseas flight prices to SA loom as EU, UK green taxes expand

August 8, 2022. Carin Smith for Fin24.com.

South African flight prices to Europe, the UK - and eventually the rest of the world - could climb by up to thousands of rands unless something is done to counteract the effects of various emissions taxes, an expert has warned.

The European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETC) system is currently only in force on flights within the EU, but the bloc is pushing to extend the system to cover all flights to or from EU destinations, or that route through EU airspace, regardless of where the flight originates or terminates. 
    From 2027, all countries have to participate in this Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Some countries - such as Botswana, Zambia and the UK - have chosen to already implement CORSIA, while SA are amongst the countries choosing not to do so yet.
    This increasing global focus on aviation sustainability could put SA at a disadvantage and even favour east Africa as a more attractive hub for air traffic into the rest of the continent, says Dr Ian Cruickshank, environmental and wildlife specialist for AASA.
    He expects the southern African region will be severely impacted by environmental regulations in the aviation industry based on flight distances. Flights to SA are about four hours longer than to Nairobi, for example, from Europe. Passengers will be taxed on the distances flown or amount of time their flights are generating carbon emissions.
    But Cruickshank also foresees that, if the EU expands its ETS wider than just within its own borders, other countries could, in turn, take retaliatory action and add carbon taxes of their own.

Currently there is no CORSIA charge on international flights to and from SA, but after 2027 it would add to the cost of ticket prices.
Dr Ian Cruickshank, AASA Environmental and Wildlife Specialist

AASA has, therefore, called for a sustainability strategy for aviation in the southern African region to offset the impact of carbon taxes being imposed or which will likely be imposed in future. AASA is busy developing a holistic strategy to counter the threat of resultant higher ticket prices. It includes looking at the use of sustainable jet fuel...Read more...

  L       ICAO News / 2022

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  L   ICAO report outlines steps to reduce aviation's carbon output   
September 5, 2022. Bran Corliss for Leeham News & Analysis.

Saying the climate crisis now is at “Code Red for Humanity,” the UN-sponsored International Civil Aviation Organization is calling on nations and companies to increase their investments toward techniques and technologies that can reduce aviation’s climate impact.
     It won’t be easy, ICAO said in its Environmental Report 2022, which was released in July. The aviation industry will be one of the hardest to ween off carbon-based forms of energy, a recent report concluded. Read more...

  L   Launch of ICAO Assistance, Capacity-building and Training for Sustainable Aviation Fuels   
June 2, 2022. ICAO News.

Montréal. The ICAO Assistance, Capacity-building and Training for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (ACT-SAF) programme was officially launched at a Stockholm+50 associated side event held at ICAO Headquarters in Montréal yesterday.
    ICAO ACT-SAF will provide opportunities for States to develop their full potential in sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) development and deployment, in line with ICAO’s No Country Left Behind initiative, the 2050 ICAO Vision for SAF, and the three main pillars of sustainable development recognized by the United Nations: economic, social and environmental.
   “While no one solution will fit all States and stakeholders, the importance of ICAO’s role in bringing partners together, and supporting capacity building and implementation, is very clear. Many States and stakeholders have recognized the need for aviation to act now, and the contributions of ACT-SAF to the objectives of Stockholm+50 will encourage important near-term synergies for global action on sustainable fuels.” ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar.
    The importance of SAF to the decarbonization of the aviation sector has recently been shown in the ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) report on the feasibility of a long-term global aspirational goal (LTAG) for international civil aviation CO2 emission reductions, which will inform discussions on LTAG in the lead up to the 41st Session of the ICAO Assembly.
    The LTAG report shows the largest potential CO2 reductions by 2050 (up to 55%) deriving from cleaner fuels and energy sources. New aircraft technologies are projected to contribute to a further 21% CO2 reduction, while operational improvements will lead to another 11% reduction.
    “Increased international ambition on sustainable aviation at our Assembly this September will allow ICAO to explore extending the ACT SAF approach, driving wider support for aviation CO2 reductions in areas such as new technologies and more efficient operations,” emphasized ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano. Read more... 

 L        SA Government State of the Nation, Gazettes, Regulations, Directions, Protocols & Notices / 2022

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