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News media, online events and social media platforms are key channels AASA utilises to advance its advocacy messages to a range of stakeholder audiences, including government policy-makers, legislators, regulatory bodies, public health authorities, the business and financial community, as well as industry suppliers and partners.

AASA’s views and messaging on behalf of its Members and the industry features in print, online and broadcast media reports are listed in the table below.


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2 - 3 July 2024
[EVENT: IATA Wings of Change Focus Africa] Johannesburg South Africa. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, was invited to attend the Wings of Focus Africa Conference. The IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit come together as the airline industry’s most authoritative event. At the AGM, airline leaders take decisions to formalize industry positions and set IATA’s strategic agenda. The World Air Transport Summit follows with airline leaders and top experts looking in-depth at critical industry issues.
19 - 21 June 2024
[EVENT: AviaDev Africa] Windhoek, Namibia. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, was invited as a Speaker at the AviaDev Africa Conference under the theme: Igniting Connections, Propelling Growth. AviaDev is the premier platform dedicated to growing connectivity to, from, and within the African continent. 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.
2 - 4 June 2024
[EVENT: IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) & World Air Transport Summit] Dubai, UAE. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, was invited to attend the IATA AGA and Transport Summit.
21 - 22 May 2024
[EVENT: African Aviation Summit: Air Finance Africa Conference & ExhibitionJohannesburg, South Africa. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, was invited to Speak at the African Aviation Summit. The challenge of funding airlines in Africa – both existing carriers and start-ups – is a subject high on the agenda during the Annual African Aviation Summit: Air Finance Africa. International and African financial experts and senior officials representing leading airlines from around Africa candidly address the pressing issues at hand and, importantly, recommended practical solutions to help resolve the situation.
17 - 18 May 2024
[EVENT: SITA Borders Summit] Cape Town, South Africa. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, was invited to deliver a Welcome Address at the Summit.
12 - 15 May 2024
[EVENT: African Airlines Association (AFRAA) 12th Aviation Stakeholders Convention] Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, was invited to deliver a Goodwill Message under the theme: Beyond connecting African aviation, at the AFRAA Convention and Inaugural African Safety & Operations Summit. AFRAA, in partnership with the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), will stage the Inaugural African Safety & Operations Summit on 15 May 2024, held back-to-back with AFRAA’s Aviation Stakeholders Convention under the theme: Championing Africa aviation safety together.
22 - 26 April 2024
[EVENT: Aviation Week Africa] Lusaka, Zambia. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, was invited to attend the AWA summit. The theme Uniting Skies: advancing collaborative synergy between Military and Civil Aviation in Africa embodies the overarching goal to address the unique challenges and opportunities facing the African aviation sector and to facilitate collaboration among stakeholders to drive progress.
20 - 22 March 2024
[EVENT: Embraer Airline Business Seminar] Cape Town, South Africa. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, was invited to moderate a Panel IV: Diversity and Gender Equality in Aviation: Africa is taking the lead on 21 March.
18 - 20 March 2024
[EVENT: AFCAC & AFRAA Regulatory Instruments of the YD & SAATM Workshop] Nairobi, Kenya. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, was invited to attend the 3-day Regulatory Instruments of the YD & SAATM workshop. The workshop aims to empower operators on their rights, obligations, and opportunities in a SAATM environment; and present all the regulatory text: Powers, Functions, and Operations of the Executing Agency, Consumer Protection Regulations, the Competition Regulations, the Dispute Settlement Mechanism, and the revised African Civil Aviation Policy (AFCAP); as well as encourage eligible airlines to work together to expand their Intra-Africa operations.
13 - 14 March 2024
[EVENT: ERA Regional Airline Conference] Berlin, Germany. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, was invited to attend the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) Conference 2024.
7 - 8 March 2024
[EVENT: BARSA Aviation Summit] Johannesburg, South Africa. The AASA team attended the 2-day BARSA Aviation Summit with this 10th Anniversary theme: Moving orward: Embracing Accountability for a Better Future
27 - 28 February 2024
[EVENT: South African Tourism Meetings Africa Trade Show] Johannesburg, South Africa. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, was invited to attend the South African Tourism's Meetings Africa Conference under the theme, Africa’s Success Built on Quality Connections which encapsulates the essence of the show: creating a platform for collaboration and knowledge-sharing to contribute to the continent’s success. 
26 - 27 February 2024
[EVENT: SADC Business Council, Southern African Industrialisation Forum] Johannesburg, South Africa. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, was interviewed at the SADC Business Council's Southern African Industrialisation Forum. The prestigious two-day event convened top government and business leaders to shape industrial priorities and investment opportunities focused largely on Angola with the theme focus, Human and Financial Capital: The Key Drivers for Sustainable Industrialisation in the SADC Region
22 - 24 February 2024
[EVENT: African Global Events Industry (AGEI) Summit] Johannesburg, South Africa. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, was invited as a Speaker at the African Global Events Industry (AGEI) Summit 2024.
2 February 2024
[WORKSHOP: Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) Stakeholder Engagement] Johannesburg, South Africa. Tatum Kok, AASA's Aviation Analyst, attended the ACSA Stakeholder Engagement Workshop with a focus on operational performance and challenges.
30 January 2024[ARTICLE] North Africa Post. Aaron Muetsi, AASA CEO, expresses cautious optimism in an article Intra-Africa air connectivity is making headway about the growth prospects for the southern African region. 
26 January 2024
[INTERVIEW/ARTICLE] Cockpit Talk. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, interviewed by Chat Ndege on the state of aviation in the Southern African region
18 January 2024[ARTICLE] The Loadstar. Airlines are increasing capacity between Africa and South America via Brazil, indicating a resurgence in demand for connectivity between the two regions. In an article Africa-South America air cargo traffic takes off as services resume, Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, seen through a Southern African air transport industry lens, thinks BRICS is yet to fully manifest significant increases in connectivity between and among its member states.

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6 December 2023
[RADIO INTERVIEW: 702] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, interviewed by Afrika Melane From the Winelands to the world: Cape Winelands Airport's R7bn upgrade underway and discusses the R7bn construction of Cape Town's second airport that is underway, and its benefits for the Western Cape region.
1 & 3 December 2023
[ARTICLES] The East African. In three articles ACSA is reinforcing hand baggage regulations to strengthen safety and compliance this festive seasonACSA urges airline passengers to adhere to hand baggage regulations and Travel light and arrive early at the airport, advises ACSA, Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, shared his views on the hand baggage regulationsused the parallel of East Africa’s One Network Area to illustrate the potential impact of liberalisation of air transport for airlines and consumers alike.
30 November 2023
[EVENT: FIKANI Mozambique / International Tourism Expo] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, moderated a debate at the FIKANI Mozambique Tourism and Air Connectivity Conference in Maputo.
27 November 2023
[ARTICLE] The East African. In an article Closed markets, high costs hurting Africa airlines more, Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, used the parallel of East Africa’s One Network Area to illustrate the potential impact of liberalisation of air transport for airlines and consumers alike.
24 November 2023
[ARTICLE] Windhoek Observer. In an article IATA: Namibia clean as a whistle, Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, notes challenges faced by the industry, such as operating costs, which in some cases account for as much as 40%, and a critical shortage of spare parts for aircraft, forcing some airlines to ground aircrafts for safety precautions. 
19 - 21 November 2023
[EVENT: AFRAA 55th AGA] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, was a speaker at the 55th AFRAA AGA and Summit in Kampala, Uganda. The AGA was hosted by Uganda Airlines at the high patronage of the Government of Uganda under the theme, Strides to Transform Aviation for Development.
13 - 16 November 2023
[EVENT: AFCAC 24th Anniversary of the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD)] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, addressed the AFCAC YD event under the theme Africa Wants fo Fly in Abuja, Nigeria. He urged commitment and action to realise the benefits of a better connected and closely integrated Africa.
10 November 2023
[INTERVIEW/WATCH: CNBC Africa] Airlines body roots for faster implementation of SAATM. Proper implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) is set to unlock huge economic opportunities for airlines across Africa. CNBC Africa spoke to Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO.
9 - 10 November 2023
[EVENT: Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship (AWIEF) Forum] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, addressed the AWIEF event in Kigali, Rwanda. An event that brings together the African entrepeneurial ecosystem for impactful dialogue, an awards ceremony, a multi-sector exhibition and networking opportunities. 
8 - 9 November 2023
[EVENT: IATA Air Cargo Day Africa] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO was in attendance at the IATA Air Cargo Day Africa event in Johannesburg, hosted by Swissport and in partnership with the AASA. This was the first of IATA cargo events in Africa post-Covid which brought together air cargo industry leaders and decision-makers, representing airlines, airports, government agencies, Ground Handling Service Providers, Shippers, Freight forwarders, regional associations, and other related stakeholders from Africa, and globally.
25 - 26 October 2023
[EVENT: AFCAC SAATM Roadshow: Angola] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO was in attendance at AFCAC's AFCAC's SAATM Roadshow held in Luanda, Angola over 2 days.
22 October 2023
[EVENT: SUMMER TOURISM READINESS DIALOGUE] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO was in attendance at the Summer Readiness Dialogue in Cape Town. The Western Cape Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mireille Wenger, hosted her second annual ‘Summer Tourism Readiness Dialogue’ with key stakeholders from across the tourism and hospitality sector in the province. The objective of the dialogue was to solidify plans for the success of the upcoming summer tourism season in the Western Cape that is expected to be record-breaking.
12 October 2023
[EVENT/ARTICLE: AASA AGA] North Africa Post African govt’s to open aviation markets to address poor intra-African air connectivity
12 October 2023
[EVENT/ARTICLE: AASA AGA] Centre for Aviation (CAPA) AASA proposes measures to strengthen infra-Africa connectivity
11 October 2023
[EVENT/ARTICLE: AASA AGA] Southern Africa's TraveNews AASA calls for visa-free travel in Africa
9 October 2023
[EVENT/ARTICLE: AASA AGA] Engineering News Southern African airlines body elects its leadership for next year
9 October 2023
[EVENT/ARTICLE: AASA AGA] New ERA Regional airlines turbulent on economic growth
8 October 2023
[EVENT/ARTICLE: AASA AGA] New ERA Time to address ‘embarrassingly low’ intra-African air connectivity, airline body chief says
7 October 2023
[EVENT: AASA AGA] Press Release AASA’s 2023-24 Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson elected
6 October 2023
[EVENT: AASA AGA] Press Release Southern African airlines hindered in supporting economic growth - AASA proposes remedies
19 September 2023
[ARTICLE] Air Transport World/Aviation Week Network. In an article by Victoria Moores Africa signals post-pandemic shift away from widebodies, Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, is quoted as saying there is no one-size-fits-all solution for Africa as the continent includes many different markets and geographies. Africa is a continent of 55 countries and 5 regional economic communities, each with its own peculiarities. The aviation industry in each region has developed to different degrees. 
6 - 8 September 2023
[EVENT: TBCSA Leadership Conference] Vees Lochan, AASA COO, attended the 2023 Tourism Business Council of South Africa Leadership Conference held in Sun City, South Africa.
20 - 21 June 2023
[EVENT: IATA Focus Africa Conference] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, scheduled as a speaker to address aviation's contribution to Africa's development at the IATA Focus Africa Conference in Addis Ababa.
14 - 16 June 2023
[EVENT: AviaDev Africa Conference] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, invited to attend AviaDev Africa as a Moderator for Thursday 15 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. The Session will address the question: How have the OEMs supported their customers to adapt their strategy to opened new routes and revenue streams during and since the pandemic? 
7 - 8 June 2023
[EVENT: Tourism Investment Forum Africa: Forging Global Partnerships for Inclusive Local Economic Development through Sustainable Investment] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, scheduled as a moderator at the Tourism Investment Forum Africa in Upington, South Africa - moderating  panel session 4 Access, Connectivity and Mobility Opportunities: Creating conditions for a successful African transport sector to drive intra-Africa trade and tourism through infrastructure investments
4 - 6 June 2023
[EVENT: IATA AGM & World Air Transport Summit] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, attends the IATA 79th AGM and World Air Transport Summit in Istanbul where it was announced that AFCAC and AASA have joined forces with IATA on its Focus Africa Initiative.
10 - 12 May 2023
[WORKSHOP: EASA EU-CORSIA Africa & Caribbean Regional Workshop 2023] Tatum Kok, AASA Aviation Analyst, attended the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) EU-CORSIA Africa-Caribbean Project Regional Workshop: CORSIA Implementation after ICAO 41st AGM in Johannesburg. The Workshop addressed the capacity building for CO2 mitigation from international aviation In Africa and the Caribbean regions.
9 - 10 May 2023
[EVENT: Smart Transportation Virtual Conference 2023] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, invited to speak at the Smart Transportation Virtual Conference about Intra Africa travel in a Smart Approach
7 - 9 May 2023
[EVENT: African Airlines Association (AFRAA) 11th Aviation Stakeholders Convention] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, invited to attend AFRAA's 11th Aviation Stakeholders Convention from 7 - 9 May in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As a Panelist, he addresses the theme of the Convention Changing the African Aviation Narrative under the topic Roadmap to Fast-Track the Implementation of SAATM on 8 May.
25 April 2023
[EVENT: Aspen Institute UK Online ZOOM Webinar] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, invited to participate on the panel to discuss The Future of air Travel: flying green or staying grounded? Listen to a podcast of the webinar.
3 April 2023
[EVENT: World Travel Market (WTM) Africa Conference] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, invited as a  Speaker at the WTM Africa Conference (Travel & Tourism Expo South Africa) - a part of Africa Travel Week - to share his 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
2 April 2023[RADIO INTERVIEW: CapeTalk/702] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, interviewed by Crystal Orderson and answers the question What are the reasons for the high cost of air travel in the SADC region over the Easter weekend.
29 March 2023
[SABC News :: Africa's Travel Indaba 2023 :: WATCH] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, invited as a Panelist to the launch of this year's Africa Travel Indaba in Durban. Watch as he shares in the discussion on Calls for free travel across Africa to stimulate tourism and trade
29 March 2023
[SA Tourism Ministry Media Statement] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, attended the launch of Africa's Travel Indaba 2023: towards Africa's tourism sector growth! He was an industry representative and panelist discussing the contribution of Africa's Travel Indaba to the tourism sector recovery
25 February to
3 March 2023

[EVENT: ACI AFRICA] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, invited as a Speaker at the Board Meeting of the 69th ACI AFRICA Board & Committee Meetings, Regional Conference and Exhibition held in Kigali, Rwanda.
23 February 2023
[FORUM: CEO PRESENTATION] SA Department of Tourism hosts the National Tourism Stakeholder Forum (NTSF). Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, was invited to represent the industry, and presented South Africa's Airlift/Aviation Capacity and Future Outlook at NTSF in Johannesburg. The 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.
16 February 2023
[FORUM: AEROSPACE AFRICAN] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, has been invited as a Speaker at the inaugural Aerospace African Forum: Sustainable Mobility - the first Aerospace and African 24h D to D Forum - in Casablanca, Morocco 
14 February 2023
[RADIO INTERVIEW: POWER 98.7 FM] Power Talk / Tourism Tuesdays AASA CEO, Aaron Munetsi, is interviewed by Lerato Mbele to discuss aviation and the tourism market in Africa wrapped around the topic: We are Joined.
16 January 2023[ARTICLE] CH-Aviation News. Protectionism of state carriers hinder SAATM progress - AASA CEO - Tanzania has announced it will defer joining the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) in the next five years. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, is quoted as saying it is clear that SAATM is still some way from becoming a reality as protectionism of state carriers continues.

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28 December 2022

[SA Tourism Ministry Media Statement] Systems in place to resolve flight delays at OR Tambo, says Minister Sisulu

South African Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu issued a statement regarding the delays in flights at OR Tambo International Airport due to fuel challenges. Minister Sisulu engaged Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO to notify Members and provide reassurance that ACSA was working to resolve the problems.

20 December 2022
[INTERVIEW] Business Insider. Airline Association on 2022 and the outlook for 2023: ‘We will approach the year with caution, hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst’ - In an interview with Business Report on 2022 and the outlook for 2023, Munetsi said that as South Africa was so brutally reminded with Covid-19 and then Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, “we’re not always good at accurately reading the tea-leaves”. Going into the new year, he said AASA would like to see the recovery of air traffic to pre-pandemic levels and a return to profitability.
11 - 13 December 2022
[EVENT: AFRAA 54th AGA - Acing the Roadmap to Sustainable African Aviation] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, served as a panelist at AFRAA's 54th AGA discussing the Intra-African Connectivity: Roadmap to make SAATM a Reality forum.
2 December 2022

[EVENT: African Union - SAATM Continental Workshop] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, presented his assessment of the opportunities and challenges facing African airlines to implement SAATM at the African Union's Continental Workshop on SAATM Regulatory Instruments held in Accra.

17 November 2022

[RADIO INTERVIEW: Namibia Aviation & Connectivity Forum] The Business Report on Nova 103 Ep 50] AASA CEO interviewed at the Namibia Aviation & Connectivity Forum - In this episode's Spotlight David Bishop speaks to Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO.

5 November 2022
[EVENT: Aviators Africa Conference and Tower Awards 2022] New Telegraph Nigeria. In a keynote address, Aaron Munesti, AASA CEO, stressed the urgency of experts task govts, operators to focus more on business.
5 November 2022
[EVENT: AASA AGA] Monitor Uganda article. Airlines body sets steep targets amid challenges.
1 November 2022[ARTICLE] Business Insider. SA airports promise working travelators, escalators, and lifts for the festive season - Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, quoted: "ACSA has been transparent with us. They've told us that they are in the process of revamping some of their airports, especially OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town International, to ensure they are able to handle the traffic they are anticipating in the next three to four months [including] the festive season, which is obviously our peak period..."
26 October 2022
[EVENT: Aviators Africa Conference and Tower Awards] Blueprint.ng article. Stakeholders seek reorganisation of Africa’s aviation - In a keynote address, Aaron Munesti, AASA CEO, highlighted the imperative and the urgency of resetting the African aviation industry post the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than restarting it.
26 October 2022
[ARTICLE] Southern & East African Tourism Update. Airlines still in the dark on SARS pass - AASA calls on SARS to engage with the aviation industry on its envisaged Traveller Pass. the industry needs a clear understanding of its intended purpose and to discuss the practicalities of its implementation and, crucially, any associated cost and legal implications, especially if airlines are to be involved with the collection, storage and sharing of traveller data with SARS. The industry also needs clarification on the implications of the pass for airlines and their customers travelling to and from the other Southern African Customs Union or SADC member states.
24 - 26 October 2022
[EVENT: 5th Africa Tourism Leadership Forum 2022 hosted by Botswana Tourism] Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, invited as the Moderator for the Ministerial and Executives Talk: Ensuring Affordable Regional Air Connectivity – Advocating for African countries to unblock open skies bottlenecks.
19 October 2022[EVENT: AASA AGA] cape{town}etc article. Concerns about jet fuel supply might dampen holiday spirits - AASA raises concern the strike may result in a jet fuel shortage.
18 October 2022
[EVENT: AASA AGA]  [WATCH eNCA] More jet fuel shortages feared and visas weigh down airlines - AASA CEO, Aaron Munetsi says its Members are bracing themselves for fuel shortages if the strike continues for much longer. 
18 October 2022
[EVENT: AASA AGA]  Business Tech article. Worries over jet fuel supply and flights in South Africa as festive season approaches
17 October 2022
[EVENT: AASA AGA]  Business Report article. Aviation sector’s sustainability remains under threat - AASA
17 October 2022
[EVENT: AASA AGA]  EngineeringNews.com article. Dr Ian Cruickshank moderated a panel of the world's top 3 manufacturers of commercial airliners at the AASA AGA - Aerospace majors united on need to cut aviation carbon emissions.
16 October 2022
[EVENT: AASA AGA]  Fin24.com article. Converting SA to full e-visa system tripped up by huge backlog, tech challenges, says Sisulu
15 October 2022
[EVENT: AASA AGA] [WATCH eNCA Special] 52nd AASA AGA and Airlines Summit: Carriers want to spread their wings - Jet fuel shortages and the Transnet strike topped the agenda at an Airlines Summit in the Western Cape. The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) held its 52nd Annual General Assembly. eNCA's Ayesha Ismail reports at the AGA.
15 October 2022
[EVENT: AASA AGA] Press Release AASA elects 2022-23 Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson
14 October 2022
[EVENT: AASA AGA]  [WATCH eNCA News] 52nd AASA AGA and Airlines Summit: Turbulent times aviation industry - Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, and industry leaders address challenges in the industry at the AGA.
14 October 2022
[EVENT: AASA AGA] SA Tourism Twitter posts. South African Minister of Tourism addresses the 52nd AASA AGA on developments in the tourism industry
14 October 2022
[EVENT: AASA AGA] Business Report article. Airlines Association of Southern Africa adds its concern over ongoing Transnet strike
14 October 2022
[EVENT: AASA AGA] Fin24.com article. SA airports may face new fuel crunch if Transnet strike drags on, aviation leader warns
2 October 2022
[ARTICLE] Sunday Times, Business Times. SA braces for airline seat shortages over festive season.
30 September 2022
[ARTICLE] Airspace Africa. AASA warns of Disruptions and Cancellations Amid Jet fuel crisis at Cape Town airport.
28 September 2022

[ARTICLE] Engineering News. AASA begs govt to waive airport fees as jet fuel rations at Cape Town squeezes airlines.

28 September 2022
[RADIO INTERVIEW: SAfm] Stephen Grootes interviews AASA's spokesperson, Linden Birns, as AASA takes note with grave concern of the imposition of jet fuel rations at Cape Town International Airport.
23 September 2022

[PODCAST: VoyagesAfriq Interview] Airlines Association of Southern Africa gears up for 52nd AGA - in this interview AASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi, promotes the AGA and this year's theme: My African Dream. The AGA provides a unique platform for aviation industry stakeholders to share their aspirations for the industry, beyond the horizon of full recovery from the pandemic, and encourage the realization of our collective dream for a dynamic, resilient, and sustainable aviation industry.

16 September 2022
[INTERVIEW: Engineering News] In this interview AASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi, shares his views on the resilience of the SADC aviation industry, and the vital role air transport plays as the prime enabler and catalyst for stimulating intra-African trade, commerce and tourism: Industry perseveres despite turbulent period.
8 September 2022

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

12 August 2022
[RADIO INTERVIEW: Power FM 98.7] 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.
6 August 2022

[SA GOVERNMENT MEETING: SA Minister of Tourism & AASA CEO] SA aviation sector pays higher charges and faces more stringent regulations than sister countries. AASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi, met with SA Tourism Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, to outline several problems facing the country's aviation sector amid reports of airline seat shortages and the rising cost of flights, which is hampering the tourism sector's recovery from the 2020 pandemic. 

26 July 2022
[VIRTUAL MEETING] AASA's Environmental Committee hosted a Virtual Meeting on 26 July at 10am with Dr Ian Cruickshank. 
12 - 14 July 2022
[VIRTUAL MEETING: US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) East and Southern Africa Airspace Management Virtual Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) and Virtual Business Briefing] AASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi, participated in the USTDA Virtual RTM, and Virtual Business Briefing events hosted to expose sub-Saharan Africa’s public and private sector leaders to U.S. aviation best practices, solutions, and services.
1 July 2022[INTERVIEW: Air Transport News (ATN)] In this interview AASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi, shares his views on AASA's challenges and priorities over the next 3 years, his vision as CEO, and the importance of SAATM and AfCFTA in achieving a successful and  sustainable African and SADC aviation industry.
29 June - 1 July 2022

[EVENT: AviaDev Africa 2022] AASA in attendance representing Members at the AviaDev Africa 2022 conference in Cape Town.

25 June 2022
[PODCAST: iXplore Africa with host Bonolo Ntsime] Interview with Aaron Munetsi - AASA CEO provides insight and shares his views on Intra-African Travel, Air Transport and Tourism.
13 to 15 June 2022
[ADDRESS: African Aviation Summit / MRO AfricaAASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi, gives the Welcome Address on 14 June at the African Aviation 2022 Conference - MRO Africa in Johannesburg.
8 to 10 June 2022
[SPEAKER: African Aviation Summit / Air Finance Africa

AASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi, a Speaker at the African Aviation Summit - Air Finance Africa in Johannesburg, shared his insights about the Prospects for Airline Co-Operation and Consolidation in Southern Africa.

6 June 2022
[INTERVIEW: Nomad Africa magazine] In this interview AASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi, shares his views on AASA's function and role in the SADC aviation industry: Professionalism and access to contacts are essential to overcoming aviation challenges.
3 June 2022
[INTERVIEW: Business Day TV] [WATCH] Comair suspension: Airlines Association says members not deliberately hiking pricesAASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi, says Members are not deliberately hiking ticket prices in the wake of the Comair grounding.    
22 April 2022
[PANEL DISCUSSION: South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), National Aviation Conference 2022]  Cleared for Take-off – The future outlook of aviation in South Africa. AASA's C0O, Vivendra Lochan, participated in a panel discussion regarding how the local aviation industry is preparing to resume operations post the COVID-19 pandemic.  
11 March 2022
[RADIO 702 INTERVIEW: Afternoon Drive with John Perlman] Guest: Aaron Munetsi | CEO at Airline Association of Southern Africa (AASA). New appointments to the (air services) council will now have to work through a 12-month-long backlog of applications for new routes.
2 March 2022

[PANEL DISCUSSION: South African Tourism, Meetings Africa, BONDay Educational Session 4]  Challenges faced by the business events industry due to airlift in Africa. AASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi participated in a panel discussion regarding the challenges faced by the business events industry.  

1 March 2022

[INTERVIEW/WATCH] Tourism Update Online What the southern African airline industry needs right nowAASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi shares his insights on the airline industry's needs in the Southern African region.

14 February 2022
[INTERVIEW: Business Day TV] [WATCH] Airline industry starts to recover from Covid-19AASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi comments on the slow recovery from the pandemic-related travel bans in the Southern African airline industry.
10 February 2022
[INTERVIEW: Business Insider] SA airlines haven’t been able to get new routes for almost a year – govt says wait is almost overAASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi comments on the dormant South African licensing councils and it's effect on the industry.
3 February 2022
[INTERVIEW: CNBC Africa] [WATCH] Realising a pan-African airlineAASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi provides insight and comments on the developments of a pan-African airline.
10 January 2022

[ARTICLE] AeroTime Hub. Turning the tide: How policy change is reshaping African air services. AASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi supports the AU’s SAATM and AfCFTA projects to increase intra-African connectivity for African airlines, enhancing intra-African trade, and regional integration between African countries for the ease of movement of resources, captial and passengers.  

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14 December 2021

[AASA Press Release] AASA statement on UK relaxing travel restrictions on South Africa and other Southern African nationals

3 December 2021[PODCAST: SCIX African Trade Talks with host Chad Chawanda]  Interview with Aaron Munetsi - AASA CEO, discussing why air transport is expensive in Africa and how we can improve the aviation industry in Africa. Following the open skies policy of AFCFTA, he discusses how it will boost trade and tourism, and what needs to be set in place to accelerate this policy.
1 December 2021[PODCAST/WATCH: AFRAA SkyConnect Dialogue December Edition] AFRAA Sky Connect Dialogue December Edition with Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO. He discussed industry recovery in the SADC region; collaboration and competitiveness of airlines in the region; AASA’s perspectives on consolidating the gains Africa has made in aviation; and how to accelerate the pace of rolling out key initiatives to spur continental development and integration.
27 November 2021
[INTERVIEW: eNCA / Courtesy #DStv403] [WATCH] Airlines Association of SA slams UK red list decisionAASA's CEO Aaron Munetsi shares concerns about the new travel restrictions imposed on Southern Africa. It comes after the new Omicron variant was detected in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong and Belgium. AASA calls for the bans to be lifted. 
26 November 2021

[AASA Press Release] AASA urges UK government to reconsider decision to red list several Southern African countries.

24 November 2021
[SPEAKER: GBTA Southern Africa and International SOS Virtual Conference] Reigniting confidence in the Travel EconomyAASA's CEO Aaron Munetsi shared his insights in the 12:50pm slot about lifting the fog for airline recovery.
17 November 2021
Southern Africa's Travel News by TNW featured article. Regional Travel Feature: Unlock regional air routes! Aaron Munetsi provides insight into of the state of southern Africa's airline and travel industry and the challenges to be overcome.
3 November 2021 
[INTERVIEW: CNBC Africa] Aaron Munetsi on why its so expensive to fly in Africa.
2 November 2021
[PODCAST/INTERVIEW: CapeTalk/702 radio] Travel&Tourism: Air transport industry needs urgent government intervention.
1 November 2021  
ClubOfMozambique.com article. Southern African airlines back action against climate change, but need key issues addressed.
30 October 2021 
Fin24.com article. Digital Covid-19 travel pass must be top priority for SA airlines, says aviation body.
29 October 2021
zawya.com article. Southern Africa air transport industry needs urgent government interventions - AASA.
29 October 2021 EngineeringNews.co.za article. Southern African airlines back action against climate change, but need key issues addressed.
29 October 2021 CAPA/CentreForAviation.com article. AASA: Aviation in Southern Africa 'in a fragile and vulnerable space'.
28 October 2021 [AASA Press Release] Tough medicine needed for air transport in Southern Africa.
28 October 2021
EngineeringNews.co.za article. Southern African airlines body warns that regional recovery is slow and help is still needed.
18 October 2021CAPA/CentreForAviation.com articles. AASA CEO: Pandemic recovery 'is the perfect opportunity to kick start the SAATM' and AASA continuing to lobby governments to support aviation.
15 October 2021Fin24.com article. Opening up the skies the only way to save southern Africa's airlines - new industry body CEO, Aaron Munetsi.
7 October 2021
[AVIADEV PODCAST]  Skyheroes Africa. Episode 180. Featuring Sean Mendis, Aaron Munetsi and Kwame Bekoe.
27 September 2021[AASA Press Release] Aaron Munetsi appointed as AASA CEO.
12 September 2021
City Press article. No councils, no supervision for SAA.
11 September 2021
Fin24.com article. SA airlines flying blind with no air services councils since March.
7 September 2021[AASA Press Release] AASA urges Transport Minister to establish the Air Services Council.
20 August 2021

[Aviation & Allied Business Journal - Valediction Interview] Chris Zweigenthal's final interview as AASA CEO Chris Zweigenthal hopes for 10% of global passenger market share in Africa in 10 years.
8 August 2021Sunday Times, Business Times article. Flying in a holding pattern as cash burns.
3 August 2021
[INTERVIEW] The future of South Africa's aviation industry:  eNCA interviewed Wrenelle Stander who addressed the question: 
How long will it take for SA’s aviation industry to get back on its feet and just how much damage has been done?
2 August 2021
Fin24.com article. Recovery of aviation in Africa will take time, says new industry body CEO.
August 2021
SA Flyer magazine. [INTERVIEW] Wrenelle Stander - New AASA CEO and [PROFILE] Woman in Aviation: Wrenelle Stander.
30 July 2021
SACAA Aviation Security Campaign launch. Wrenelle Stander shared a 'Message of Support from Airlines' at the #YOSC event
10 July 2021
Daily Maverick. Interview with outgoing CEO Chris Zweigenthal on his retirement and the aviation industry: The sky's the limit for outgoing CEO
1 July 2021
[AASA Press Release] Wrenelle Stander appointed as AASA CEO.
9 June 2021
AVIADEV Africa 2021 / Ato Girma Lifetime Achievement Award.  AviaDev is the premier route development event for the continent connecting airlines, airports, tourism authorities and suppliers together to improve Africa’s connectivity. This year the event was held online. Chris Zweigenthal (the 2019 recipient) presented the 2021 Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award to Adefunke Adeyemi, IATA's Regional Director, Advocacy and Strategic Relations, Africa.
3 June 2021
[INTERVIEW: Air Transport World] Victoria Moores interviewed outgoing CEO Chris Zweigenthal. 
1 June 2021
Research Interview. AASA provided input into an investigation on the impact of COVID-19 on the transport sector in southern Africa.
26 May 2021
[AASA Press Release] Chris Zweigenthal to retire as AASA CEO.
13 May 2021
Trade Interview. South African airlines update.
12 May 2021
Travel News update. Industry developments in South Africa.
10 May 2021
Nomad Magazine. Comments on COVID-19 travel experiences.
10 May 2021
[INTERVIEW: CGTN TV] The impact of the pandemic on Southern Africa and Africa.
6 May 2021
BBC World Service radio interview. Update on the impact of the pandemic on Southern Africa.
29 April 2021
[AASA Press Release] AASA urges governments to speed up vaccinations and provide relief to air travel and tourism sector in order to secure economic recovery.
28 April 2021
African Union. AU Commissioner meeting with IATA, AFRAA and AASA regarding aviation priorities arising from the pandemic.
26 April 2021
KZN Mercury. COVID-19 industry update.
21 April 2021
Sunday Times. Update on airline industry developments.
8 April 2021
SACAA National Aviation Conference. AASA participated in a panel discussion on the State of Industry with industry leaders from IATA, ACSA, ATNS, CAASA and BARSA.
31 March 2021
Hermes Air Transport Organization. Submission of an AASA article for publication titled Resilience and efficiency through Leadership and Cooperation. Published 9 September 2021. 
27 March 2021
Sunday Times. COVID-19 industry impact update.
25 March 2021
AFCAC Capacity Building Workshop. AASA presentation on challenges facing industry through COVID-19.
3 March 2021
AAIG Webinar. AASA attended this webinar titled Achieving Affordable Air Transport Across Africa. Chris Zweigenthal convened the wrap up and presented the communique.
1 - 2 March 2021
Virtual Summit Review of Civil Aviation Policy for South Africa. AASA and South African Airline Members participated in the National Civil Aviation Policy Review for South Africa. 
4 February 2021
[INTERVIEW] CGTN TV on the impact of the travel ban due to COVID-19.
27 January 2021United for Wildlife presentation: Southern African Task Force progress on sharing the successes of combating international wildlife trade within the region and identifying priorities.

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13 December 2020
Travel News: AASA Outlook for 2021 published.
30 November 2020
[INTERVIEW] Is the airline industry ready for the festive season?  Nompu Siziba of MoneyWeb, SAfm interviews Chris Zweigenthal about developments and new players in the local aviation industry, and how South Africa's tourism demand is looking for the festive season.
17 November 2020
[INTERVIEW: Air Transport World. Chris Zweigenthal, AASA CEO]. Victoria Moores for Air Transport World published by Aviation Week Network. Chris Zweigenthal spoke about how better testing can eliminate mandatory and universal quarantines that kill passenger demand. 
12 November 2020
[INTERVIEW] AASA CEO welcomes South Africa's relaxation of international travel restrictions: Chris Zweigenthal provided a media statement to @SATravelReady and welcomed the full reopening of South African borders to international visitors. 
23 September 2020
[WEBCAST] Rebuilding the industry: Chris Zweigenthal was interviewed about obstacles that the travel industry will still need to overcome to rebuild itself following the announcement that South Africa’s borders will reopen on October 1. 
17 September 2020
INSOL Virtual Conference (INSOL International): Chris Zweigenthal participated in a panel discussion: Shelter in Place? The effects of lockdown and beyond on the travel and tourism industry.
16 September 2020 
[RADIO INTERVIEW] Voice of the Cape: Chris Zweigenthal on the impact of COVID-19 on the industry and the necessity for a restart.
16 September 2020 
[RADIO INTERVIEW] 702: Chris Zweigenthal about industry’s call for the President to open up international travel in order to save jobs in the aviation and tourism sector.
11 September 2020 
Voice of America: Chris Zweigenthal participated in a television story on the state of aviation in Africa - challenges and pressures. 
8 September 2020
[INTERVIEW] Just Africa Aviation: Chris Zweigenthal featured in the JAA interview series: Collaboration; Strength in Numbers.
24 August 2020
[INTERVIEW] Newzroom Afrika: Chris Zweigenthal on business past COVID-19 restrictions.
13 August 2020
Travel News Weekly (TNW) AASA CEO article: Chris Zweigenthal wrote an article titled: Airline hubs in the post-COVID-19 world.
23 July 2020
Africa Tomorrow (AVIADEV) panel discussion: Chris Zweigenthal, joined other industry leaders including: Abderahmane Berthe [Secretary General, African Airlines Association (AFRAA)]; Sanjeev Gadhia [(Vice Chairman, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)]; and Raphael Kuuchi [Special Envoy to Africa on Aero-Political Affairs, International Air Transport Association (IATA)] to discuss the challenges facing the African aviation industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
1 July 2020
Global Business Travel Association (GBTA SA) Conversation that Counts: Chris Zweigenthal discussed the impact of COVID-19 on aviation.
29 June 2020
[INTERVIEW] Newzroom Afrika: Chris Zweigenthal spoke about aviation regulations.
8 June 2020 
[RADIO INTERVIEW] VOW (Voice of Wits) FM: Chris Zweigenthal spoke about the impact of Covid-19 on the aviation industry.
5 June 2020
[INTERVIEW] ETV: Chris Zweigenthal spoke about the restart of the aviation industry.
4 June 2020
Radio interview with 702: Chris Zweigenthal is interviewed by Joanne Joseph.
1 June 2020
[AASA Press Release] COVID-19: Resumption of restricted air services a welcome start, but more to do to rebuild the industry and repair the economy
24 May 2020
Carte Blanche TV feature on the airline industry: Chris Zweigenthal participated in this feature. Most international borders closed, fleets of planes grounded, millions of passengers and billions lost in revenue. The airline industry is facing an unprecedented crisis. The Centre for Aviation predicts that most airlines around the world will soon be bankrupt even as countries ease their lockdown. 
7 May 2020
CNBC Africa interview: Chris Zweigenthal spoke on CNBC’s Africa Power Lunch show on how Southern Africa’s airline industry is impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and how Africa’s airlines will recover from the losses during the pandemic. 
6 May 2020
Morning Live TV interview: Chris Zweigenthal discusses the need for support for airlines in the Southern African region. 
5 May 2020
China Global Television Network interview: Chris Zweigenthal commented on the dire situation of aviation in Southern Africa.
29 April 2020
Radio interview with Power FM: Chris Zweigenthal spoke on Power FM on South Africa’s aviation industry being ‘on verge of collapse’ and about writing to the National Treasury to ask for urgent government intervention in the airline industry.
29 April 2020
Radio interview with SAfm Radio: Chris Zweigenthal spoke about its approach to National Treasury to ask for urgent government intervention in the airline industry due to the prohibition of air travel as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
17 April 2020
Chris Zweigenthal Business Day TV interview: Turbulent times for airlines discussion with Michael Avery.
14 March 2020
[AASA Press Release] Airline travellers urged to practice good hygiene and stay at home if unwell.
9 March 2020
Chris Zweigenthal: Stakeholder engagement meeting with the Minister of Tourism.
4 March 2020
Parliamentary Portfolio Committee presentation: AASA submission on the Civil Aviation Amendment Bill [b 44- 2018].
7 - 9 February 2020
Chris Zweigenthal attended the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) Strategic Planning Workshop.

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10 – 12 November 2019Chris Zweigenthal and Vivendra Lochan attended the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) AGA in Mauritius.
26 – 28 September 2019
Vivendra Lochan represented AASA at the CAASA Symposium in Stellenbosch.
24 – 28 September 2019
Chris Zweigenthal attended the 40th ICAO Assembly.
7 September 2019
Chris Zweigenthal attended the IATA Regional Aviation Forum in Nairobi and moderated a panel discussion.
29 – 30 August 2019
Chris Zweigenthal and Tatum Kok attended the SACAA National Gender Summit where Mr. Zweigenthal gave a short presentation, and signed a pledge in support of gender equality.
22 – 24 July 2019
Chris Zweigenthal attended the AU/AFCAC Workshop on SAATM preparedness in Kigali.