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Key Focus Areas

Addressing Africa's Challenges & Opportunities 

  • Improving Safety and Security
  • Smarter Regulations
  • Strengthening Connectivity
  • Airlines Modern Retailing
  • Infrastructure and Capacity-Building
  • Skilled Workforce for the Future
  • And much more...

Who will attend? 

Leaders, decision-makers and influencers representing airlines, airports, government agencies, air navigation service providers, international and regional associations, aviation suppliers, aircraft manufacturers and other stakeholders. 

Register for the IATA Focus Africa Conference.  

#FocusAfrica 2023

Unleashing Aviation's Potential 

Africa has the greatest potential for growth in the aviation industry of all regions. While our commitment to support safe, secure and sustainable air transport across Africa remains unchanged, the need to accelerate the advancement of aviation across the continent is imperative. 

Focus Africa will bring together airline CEOs along with aviation leaders, decision makers and influencers from Africa, the Middle East and globally to collaboratively drive the advancement of aviation in Africa. 

Host Country: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 
Dates: 20 - 21 June 
Venue: Skylight Hotel, Addis Ababa
Cost: Focus Africa Conference is a free of charge event

AviaDev Africa 2023

Host Country: Kenya 
Dates: 14 - 16 June 
Venue: Radisson Blue Hotel, Nairobi Upper Hill

AviaDev Africa is a premier platform dedicated to growing connectivity to, from, and within the African continent. 

AviaDev has established itself as a trusted platform offering insight and bringing together key voices from the African aviation sector.

Bringing together airports, airlines, tourism authorities, governments and industry suppliers, AviaDev offers attendees the ability to pre-arrange meetings, learn from industry peers and make those important connections.

Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, has been invited as a Moderator for Thursday the 15th June Plenary Session (10:45 - 11:45) discussing the topic Strategizing for Success: How Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have helped airlines adapt their strategies to deliver new routes and revenue streams during and after the pandemic. 

Building a connected future for Africa starts with #AviationRouteDevelopment. Join Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, at #AviaDev Africa 2023 as we explore the latest trends and innovations in the industry. 14-16 June, Radisson Blu Hotel, Upper Hill, Nairobi. Let's work together to elevate Africa's aviation industry! #ConnectingAfrica.

Leveraging the Technology Innovation and Digital Revolutions

Dates: 9 - 10 May 2023 (Virtual, US Eastern Time Zone)

Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, has been invited to speak at the 2023 Smart Transportation Virtual Conference to discuss the topic Intra Africa travel in a Smart Approach

This conference brings together key players from the transportation industry to probe and explore winning strategies and technologies, dealing with smart tools to build a flexible transport network. Transport decarbonisation is the next industrial revolution which drives the path for net zero emission technology and infrastructure. It will make it faster and more efficient to deliver fundamentally better transportation. With an intense 2-day agenda the conference seeks to expand in-depth discussions to ensure safer transport infrastructure, along with the technological challenges of the Intelligent transportation systems to an unpredictable future.

The virtual conference is scheduled for 9 - 10 May. Register here to attend.

Changing the African Aviation Narrative

The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) is hosting the 11th Aviation Stakeholders’ Convention from 7 - 9 May 2023, at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

This year’s Convention is hosted by Ethiopian Airlines, the official carrier of the event. The Convention is expected to attract over 500 high profile delegates from the aviation industry in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America. The theme Changing the African Aviation Narrative is the industry’s platform to deliberate on developments and drive growth opportunities for the African aviation industry.

Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, has been invited as a Panelist to discuss the topic Roadmap to Fast-Track the Implementation of SAATM on 8 May at noon to 1pm.

>>  Listen to the podcast of the webinar  << 

The Future of Air Travel: flying green or staying grounded?

Date: 25 April 2023 @18:00 (ZOOM - Johannesburg timezone)

The need to address climate concerns and net zero targets will play a key role in the future of aviation. Is it possible for air travel emissions to reach net zero? What must be done to achieve this goal and make ‘flying green’ a reality? 

Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, was invited to participate on the panel to discuss the topic The Future of air Travel: flying green or staying grounded? with other industry experts. This event was recorded as part of a live broadcast on 25 April 2023. 

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Promoting Africa as a Key Tourism Investment Destination 

As a major economic contributor for many African countries, the travel and tourism industry offers a plethora of opportunity, uniquely positioned to develop, attract and enhance economic prosperity across the continent; facilitate cross border collaboration throughout the value chain, and provide exceptional experiences to visitors from around the world.

The African Tourism Investment Summit in partnership with ITIC, brings together esteemed speakers and key professionals in the private and public sector, to highlight investment trends, industry challenges and opportunities.

Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO and Eduardo Fairen Soria (TAAG CEO) have been invited as Speakers at the WTM Africa Conference (Travel & Tourism Expo South Africa) - a part of Africa Travel Week - to share their views on the African Tourism Investment Summit's Initiatives to liberalise civil aviation and boost intra-regional travel and paving the way for the symbiotic regional cooperation session. #WTM


About ACI Africa

ACI Africa is the international association of African airports. It has as prime objective to advance the interests of African airports and to promote professional excellence in airport management and operations on the African continent.

ACI Africa's mission is to represent and promote the collective interests of African airports, while fostering professional excellence in airport operations and management, backed by efficient and effective programs and services to achieve a safe, secure and sustainable development of the air transport industry in Africa.

The African Airports Development Program, the new lead program of ACI Africa, is now the gateway for African airports to confidently achieve excellence in management, operation and capacity building through the sharing of experience and expertise on the African continent.

ACI Africa continues to serve African airports on a more sustained basis, especially in this time of crisis by offering several programs and services designed to bridge safety and security gaps at African airports.


Date: Thursday, 23 February 2023
Time: 09:00 - 16:00
Venue: Premier Hotel, Johannesburg 

SA National Tourism Stakeholder Forum (NTSF) 

South Africa's Airlift/Aviation Capacity and Future Outlook 

Presented by Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO

The South African Department of Tourism (DoT) will be hosting the National Tourism Stakeholder Forum (NTSF) that was established as a platform for multi-sectoral engagement on matters affecting the travel and tourism sector.

The NTSF platform is vital for knowledge and information sharing in order to facilitate better planning and decision-making to advance national tourism growth and recovery objectives as espoused in the National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) and the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan (TSRP) respectively. 

The DoT, and the sector at large, is appreciative of the role played by AASA as a critical enabler for tourism development and growth, and Aaron Munetsi, AASA's CEO, has been invited give a presentation titled South Africa's Airlift/Aviation Capacity and Future Outlook.