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  • How loss-making regional airlines buck the global trend
    October 15, 2018. Neels Blom for Business Day. Livingstone, Zambia — The aviation industry in Southern Africa is expected to report a collective $300m loss during 2018, while the industry in the rest of the world is likely to return a $33.8bn profit over the same period, AASA said on Friday. Demand for air transport in Southern Africa is expected to increase slowly by 2% to 3% a year over the next five years, reflecting weak GDP performances in the region, according to AASA projections.  AASA CEO Chris Zweigenthal told delegates to the association’s annual general assembly that the airline industry needs Southern African governments to clarify their local economic reform policies “so they do not spoil the appetite for much-needed trade and investment in the region”. This article was first published in Business Day.
  • Restrictive policies impede African airlines
    October 24, 2018. Tessa Reed for Travel News Weekly (TNW). While airlines will report a profit of $33,8bn (R486bn) globally, African airlines overall will lose hundreds of millions for the same period. In Africa, airlines are expected to lose about $100m (R1,44bn) , and in Southern Africa the projected loss is even more at $300m (R4,32bn). AASA CEO, Chris Zweigenthal, shared these sombre projections by IATA in his opening address at this year’s AASA AGA. He emphasised that tourism and trade, both reliant on aviation, were powerful growth levers, but said these were being stunted by uncertainties. “As one of the most capital intensive sectors and a vital enabler of economic activity, the airline industry needs Southern African governments to clarify their local economic reform policies so they do not spoil the appetite for much needed trade and investment in the region,” he said. This article was first published in TNWDownload the October 24 issue AASA feature on pg 8 & 9

  • AASA 2017 AGA: African Pilot magazine's December issue cover story 
    December, 2017. African Pilot magazine. Cover story By Athol Franz. AASA held its 47th AGA from 12 to 15 October 2017, at the Wild Coast Sun in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. African Pilot magazine has featured a cover story in its December issue. Read more...


  • AASA sponsors Wonders of Aviation's attendance at 47th Annual General Assembly 
    October 16, 2017. Wonders of Aviation (WOA) news. AASA held its 47th AGA from 12 to 15 October 2017, at the Wild Coast Sun in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. AASA sponsored the attendance of Gift Kgadima, Wonders of Aviation (WOA) Secretary, to the 3-day annual event, and Comair Limited sponsored his flights. Read more...

  • Transformation in SA aviation industry hindered by skills shortage
    October 13, 2017. AASA news. Building Human Capital for African Airlines was the theme at this year's 47th Annual General Assembly, and the challenges such as skills development, training, transformation, the economy, environmental impact and other topical issues affecting airlines and air travel in the SADC region dominated the addresses, debates and panel discussions. "Transformation in the aviation industry is non-negotiable and AASA would like to see its pace increased. A challenge AASA has identified is the scarcity of funding – including at university level – and the absence of a specialist aerospace and air transport education institution in Africa," warned AASA's CEO Chris Zweigenthal. Read more...