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L AASA News / 2022
- June 23. You can now fly around SA without a mask – and airlines expect that will make some uncomfortable
- June 23. South Africa ready to host events again, after remaining Covid-19 regulations scrapped
- June 22. SA tourism and hospitality welcome 'long overdue' move to scrap Covid-19 regulations
- June 22. IT’S OFFICIAL: Face masks are gone, border checks and gatherings ban dropped in SA
- June 17. Southern African airlines in Catch-22 as costs rise amid fragile demand
- June 10. AASA attending AviaDev Africa 2022: 29 June to 1 July in Cape Town
- June 7. AASA CEO to participate in the African Aviation Summit - Air Finance Africa - 8 to 10 June - Johannesburg
- June 6. [INTERVIEW] Professionalism and access to contacts are essential to overcoming aviation challenges – Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO
- June 5. Unfair to penalise airlines for not providing cheap tickets, says aviation body
- June 3. Comair suspension: Airlines Association says members not deliberately hiking prices
- June 2. AASA CEO to participate in the African Aviation 2022 Conference - MRO Africa - 13 to 15 June - Johannesburg
- May 26. AASA warmly welcomes new Associate Members: Astron Energy, Cape Winelands Airport and Hitit
- May 23. ACSA reports high passenger network recovery across all airports
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L / 2021
L AASA PRESS RELEASE
AASA urges UK government to reconsider decision to 'red list' several Southern African countries
November 26, 2021. Johannesburg. The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) notes with distress the UK government’s announcement that it will place South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Eswatini back onto its “Red List” of countries to which it imposes severe travel restrictions and quarantines.
While we respect every nation’s sovereign right to implement whatever measures it sees fit to combat the spread of COVID-19 variants, we urge Whitehall to reconsider what appears to have been a hasty decision, given the paucity of detailed knowledge and information on the newly identified variant, its presence and the efficacy of vaccines in limiting its potential to cause serious illness. With its announcement, the UK is delivering a body-blow to our region’s travel and tourism sector. It puts businesses, as well as tens of thousands of jobs and many more livelihoods at risk.
Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO
“The business and leisure air travel industry in Southern Africa has only just begun to see green shoots emerge as governments have increasingly begun to relax and look to align and simplify their travel requirements and procedures. However, the UK’s unilateral step is a major set-back that sets a worrying precedent,” he added.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the commercial airline industry in South Africa supported close to 472,000 jobs across the economy and contributed $9.4 billion (approximately ZAR152.5bn at today’s exchange rate) to the country’s economy. This equated to 3.2% of GDP. The industry is also of strategic social and economic importance in all of the other countries in the Southern Africa Development Community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disarray to air travel and tourism worldwide. Southern Africa’s connectivity with the re
st of the world fell by 80% as a result of travel restrictions. Total domestic, regional and inter-continental demand had recovered to about 40% of pre-COVID traffic levels by the start of November 2021 with domestic and regional traffic leading the comeback. Prior to the UK’s “Red List'' announcement today, long-haul traffic to and from Southern Africa was forecast to return to 2019 levels by 2025. Download this full news release [pdf]...
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