News & Industry Affairs/Africa news

  • IATA, AFRAA sign MoU to Advance Aviation in Africa
    June 3, 2018. IATA news. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the African Airline Association (AFRAA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to deepen their cooperation.  The MoU was signed by Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s DG and CEO and AFRAA’s Secretary General, Abderahmane Berthé at the 74th IATA AGM held in Sydney. Under the MoU, IATA and AFRAA will exchange information, expertise and work jointly to: 
  • Enhance safety by assisting airlines to implement the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and IATA Ground Handling Manual (IGOM).
  • Promote regional air connectivity by working jointly with governments to support the implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).
  • Encourage data exchange among aviation stakeholders to improve the passenger experience.
  • Enhance security through capacity building.        
  • Liberate airline funds blocked by governments from repatriation by advising governments on best practices to clear backlogs.
  • Achieve reasonable levels of taxes and charges by helping governments focus on the social and economic benefits of aviation. Read more...
  • African airport capacity critical to prosperity 
    April 17, 2018. ICAO Africa news.  Addressing African aviation and government leaders at the Airports Council International’s (ACI’s) 2018 Africa Regional Conference in Lagos, NigeriaInternational Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu highlighted the continent’s rapidly-expanding air traffic and capacity will only be sustainable through the continued development and modernisation of its airports, as well as local aviation infrastructure. "The industry here generates positive impacts on tourism and trade, directly and indirectly supporting 6.8 million jobs and generating 72.5 billion US$ in GDP, but due to the more recent and effective focus on air transport liberalisation, many African hub airports are now expected to exceed their capacity by 2020,"  Dr. Aliu stated. Read more...

  • The intra-Africa connectivity debate 
    December 11, 2017. AASA Africa news. AASA addresses the intra-Africa connectivity and Single African Air Transport Markets (SAATM) debate, and presents a variety of views and articles to encourage debate, including: an article by Rwanda's New Times urging the African continent to sign-up to the SAATM initiative to stimulate Africa's economy; a Q&A with Alexandre de Juniac IATA's Director General and CEO around the question: What is wrong with African airlines and why can’t the majority of them break even, much less make a profit?IATA's outlook for Africa in 2018;  and a thought-provoking article by Richard Li of the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies, presenting his case for the aviation industry being a catalyst for growth in Africa. Read more...