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Spotlight / 2023
- August 24. AFRAA and IATA team on “Focus Africa”
- August 24. Implementation of e-Visas: South African Advance Passenger Processing (APP) - A Guide for Airlines
- August 21. A warm AASA welcome to our new Associate Member: Africa Standards and Certifications (ASC)
- July 26. AASA CEO: 'Governments are not always in agreement' with SAATM
- July 26. AASA CEO: 'The cost of air tickets in Africa is unsustainable'
- June 21. African airlines urged to realize AfCFTA by implementing SAATM
- June 20. IATA launches program to improve aviation safety in Africa
- June 16. AirlinePros becomes Associate Member of AASA
- June 16. AFCAC, AASA partner IATA on African aviation growth
- June 16. IATA’s Focus Africa to strengthen economic contribution
- June 15. AviaDev Africa 2023 Conference: Strategizing for Success
- June 14. AFCAC partners int’l airlines to boost intra-Africa flights
- June 9. TIFA: AASA CEO moderates Access, Connectivity and Mobility Opportunities panel
- June 8. IATA derides ACSA for high charges
- June 7. IATA lambasts ACSA and SA ATNS
- June 6. Aviation head takes aim at SA for upping airport charges despite 'inefficient' operations
- June 6. IAFCAC, AASA Join Forces with IATA on Focus Africa
- May 29. A warm AASA welcome to our new Associate Member: AirlinePros International
- May 16. Aviation: Africa's passenger traffic 'expected to double over next 15 years'
- May 15. African open skies advancing
- May 13. [Aspen Institute UK Podcast of Webinar] The Future of Air Travel: flying green or staying grounded?
- May 11. Air Finance Africa Summit: Prospects for Southern Africa
- May 10. A warm AASA welcome to our new Airline Member: LIFT
- April 26. SACAA gazettes 6.40% increase to Passenger Safety Charge (EV) for 2023
- April 18. [Aspen Institute UK Online Webinar :: AASA CEO Panelist] The Future of air Travel: flying green or staying grounded?
- April 17. [AFRAA 11th Aviation Stakeholders Convention :: AASA CEO Panelist] Roadmap to fast-track the implementation of SAATM
- April 4. Count down begins for Africa’s Travel Indaba
- April 3. IATA’s “Focus Africa” to strengthen aviation’s contribution to African development
- April 2. [702 RADIO AASA CEO INTERVIEW] What are the reasons for the high cost of air travel in the SADC region
- March 31. 36 participants from AASA Member Airlines attend successful Business Solutions by AASA training session
- March 29. [SABC News :: WATCH] Calls for free travel across Africa to stimulate tourism and trade
- March 29. Africa's Travel Indaba 2023: towards Africa's tourism sector growth!
- March 27. [WTM Africa Conference :: African Tourism Investment Summit :: 3 - 5 April 2023] AASA CEO addresses initiatives to liberalise civil aviation and boost intra-regional travel leading to symbiotic regional cooperation
- March 15. AASA's Business Solutions One-Day Immersion Programme for Airline Executives is fillling up - enrol your participants now!
- March 14. Mozambique announces visa exemption for 28 countries
- February 27, 2023. Project Update: South African Traveller Online Declaration System
- February 23. [ACI AFRICA] AASA CEO a Speaker at ACI Africa Board Meeting
- February 16. [Aerospace African Forum] AASA CEO a Speaker at inaugural Forum
- February 15. [BARSA Aviation Summit] AASA CEO a panelist on Establishing Policy and Regulatory Certainty in Aviation Q&As session
- February 15. AASA/IATA virtual Environment and Sustainability Training Programme: fully booked and registrations closed
- February 14. [RADIO INTERVIEW: POWER 98.7 FM] Power Talk / Tourism Tuesdays: AASA CEO, Aaron Munetsi
- February 7. [SA National Tourism Stakeholder Forum (NTSF)] AASA CEO presents South Africa's Airlift/Aviation Capacity and Future Outlook
- February 6. IATA Year-end 2022 traffic results: Passenger continues recovery & Cargo nears pre-COVID levels
- February 5. AASA offers Business Solutions One-Day Immersion Programme for Airline Executives
- January 28. AASA & IATA launch virtual Sustainability Training Programme
- January 18. A warm AASA welcome to a new Associate Member: Sabena Engineering
- January 16. Protectionism of state carriers hinder SAATM progress - AASA CEO
- January 2. Refuelling problem at OR Tambo resolved, with lessons learned, says ACSA
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- Dates: 21 - 22 February & 7 - 8 March &
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Spotlight / 2022
- December 29. Operations at O.R. Tambo Airport return to normal
- December 28. Safair CEO Elmar Conradie, a charismatic leader committed to transparency in the workplace
- December 28. Systems in place to resolve flight delays at OR Tambo, says Minister Sisulu
- December 20. 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’
- December 20. Visa Exemption for holders of ordinary passports: Republic of Kenya
- December 13. Aviation experts, pilots raise concerns after SA air traffic control communication breakdown
- December 12. Is tourism the answer to rebuilding Africa’s aviation industry?
- December 12. [EVENT: AFRAA 54th AGA] Acing the Roadmap to Sustainable African Aviation
- December 9, African open skies on horizon
- December 2. Africa must industrialize: 10 key points that African leaders committed to at the just concluded summit on industrialization and economic diversification
- November 30, Open Skies? Single African Air Transport Market Gains Momentum
- November 29, SARS just launched a new travel pass. It is voluntary – for now. Here's how it works.
L AASA Member News & Notices / 2023
L Africa signals post-pandemic shift away from widebodies
September 19, 2023. Victoria Moores for Air Transport World/Aviation Week Network,
While African airlines appear to be rapidly growing their regional jet and turboprop operations, with narrowbody flown hours on the increase, widebody utilization remains below pre-pandemic, potentially indicating increased intra-African flying and capacity right-sizing.
An interesting picture is emerging in Africa. The good news is that African airlines’ August 2023 traffic reached 98.4% of August 2019 levels, indicating substantial market recovery, according to the latest data from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA). Read more...
There is no one-size-fits all solution for Africa as the continent includes many different markets and geographies. Africa is a vast continent of 55 countries and five regional economic communities, each with its own peculiarities. The aviation industry in each region has developed to different degrees.
L AFRAA and IATA team on “Focus Africa”
August 24, 2023. Air Insight Group News,
International airline lobby organization IATA and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) combine resources to drive the Focus Africa initiative. This program aims “to maximize aviation’s contribution to development across the African Continent by better-serving passengers and shippers.”
The AFRAA and IATA collaboration comes at an auspicious time. Especially the focus on “improve data sharing, prioritizing the accurate communication of aeronautical information.” This collaboration would benefit from the work undertaken at AASA in South Africa. AASA’s CEO Aaron Munetsi’s vision is to share data among its members to improve decision-making in a highly competitive market. Whereas competitive reaction is typically shy away from data sharing, data sharing helps the entire industry. Read more...
L Implementation of e-Visas: South African Advance Passenger Processing (APP) - A Guide for Airlines
August 24, 2023. SA Department of Home Affairs News.
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) of South Africa implements the Advance Passenger Processing (APP), enabling the Government to perform advance passenger screening for all passengers and crew travelling by air to, from and through South Africa.
The government is focused on reducing the number of inadmissible persons arriving at ports of entry and has mandated that all airlines comply with the directive of becoming APP compliant.
By working together with Airlines DHA will reduce the administrative overheads associated with intervening at the point of entry and having to impose fines on airlines for allowing inadmissible persons on board flights to South Africa.
AASA Airline Members are advised to familiarise themselves particularly with page 12 of the APP Guide for Airlines as follows:
BOARD WITH OWT (8519)
The passenger’s visa has been confirmed by APP to be valid. Airlines should verify that the passenger has an outward ticket (return / onward) before allowing the passenger to board. If the passenger does not have an outward ticket, he or she should not be permitted to board and the check-in agent is required to send a cancellation transaction to notify DHA that the passenger will not be traveling.
South Africa has commenced with the implementation of its electronic visa system (e-Visa) since 17 August 2021.
e-Visa is a virtual visa and can therefore not be visually inspected by airline personnel and their duly appointed handling agents. APP authenticates e-Visas by returning boarding directive 8519 (Board with OWT) to the airline. Successful applicants are also issued with a confirmation notice that could be authenticated by scanning the QR code. Confirmation notices should not be accepted at face value.
Disclaimer: The information provided is correct as at 24 August 2023. Before travel, please check with the nearest South African Embassy for the most up-to-date information.
L A warm AASA welcome to our new Associate Member: Africa Standards and Certifications (ASC)
August 21, 2023. AASA News.
AASA is pleased to announce that Africa Standards and Certifications (ASC) has joined as an Associate Member as of 1 September. ASC’s team of experts ensures products are tested and certified against international and local standards in order to strengthen brand trust, have a competitive edge and gain access to multiple markets globally. Read more about the Benefits of AASA Membership...
L IATA launches program to improve aviation safety in Africa
June 20, 2023. IATA News,
Addis Ababa. IATA is launching the Collaborative Aviation Safety Improvement Program (CASIP) to reduce the accident and serious incident rate across Africa as part of the Focus Africa initiative.
Launch partners in the program include: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), The African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Boeing, and the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA). Read more...
AASA welcomes AirlinePros as an associate member whose role towards enhancing the ability of our member airlines to have the best possible representation in various regions is a critical success factor in these competitive markets. We are confident that our member airlines will establish a mutually beneficial relationship with AirlinePros for the benefit of the industry.
Above: Aaron Munetsi (AASA CEO) moderating the panel discussion 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.
Above (L to R): Caroline Ungersbock (Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme, SA, CEO), H.E. Major General Gaudence Salim Milanzi (High Commissioner, Republic of Tanzania); David King (Access Strategy Manager, Wesgro, South Africa); and Aaron Munetsi (AASA CEO).
AASA, on behalf of its members, which comprise most of the SADC carriers, is in an ongoing engagement with both ACSA and ATNS and their respective regulators, in a bid to contain any increases. As an industry that plays such a significant role in the region's economic mix, we recognise how crucial it is that air transport remains affordable and accessible. Any major shock increases, such as the ones proposed, will act as a handbrake on domestic, regional, and long-haul travel, tourism, and trade in an already fragile economy.
L IAFCAC, AASA Join Forces with IATA on Focus Africa
June 6, 2023. IATA News.
Strengthening aviation’s economic contribution on the Continent
Istanbul. The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) “Focus Africa” drive is gaining momentum, spurred on by the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) and the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) as its newest partners.
Time is not on our side as AASA’s members and the communities they serve face rising costs, unprecedented unemployment, obsolete constraints on trade and market access, inadequate infrastructure and a looming skills shortage. These demand urgent action, so we do not get stranded on the runway. It is why we have no hesitation standing with IATA and Focus Africa partners. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO
Above (L to R): Aaron Munetsi (AASA CEO), Adefunke Adeyemi (AFCAC SG), Willie Walsh (IATA DG), Kamil Al-Awadi (IATA Regional VP AME)
Focus Africa will strengthen aviation’s contribution to Africa’s economic and social development and improve connectivity, safety and reliability for passengers and shippers. It will see private and public stakeholders deliver measurable progress in six critical areas: safety, infrastructure, connectivity, finance and distribution, sustainability and skills development. Read more...
Spotlight / 2023
- June 21.
- June 20.
- May 6. IATA: global air traffic now at 88 per cent of 2019 levels
Spotlight / 2022
News / 2023
Global airlines are owed $2.3 bn by governments around the world, depriving the aviation industry of much-needed cash, risking reduced air connectivity and damaging investors' perceptions of these economies, IATA said on Sunday. The amount of airline revenue prevented by governments from repatriation has jumped by 47 per cent in the last 12 months, the industry body said at a press briefing in Istanbul. Read more...
Global air passenger traffic continued, in March, to recover strongly from the C-19 pandemic, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported. Total air passenger traffic in that month jumped 52.4% in year-on-year (y-o-y) terms, and reached 88% of March 2019 (pre-C-19) levels. The recovery was led by the Asia-Pacific region, but all markets reported growth. Read more...
The AfCFTA will provide important opportunities for Africa, increasing international exports and intra-African trade
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has published their 2023 Insight Report AfCFTA: A New Era for Global Business and Investment in Africa that focuses on how logistics companies are responding to the free trade agreement. Officially launched in 2021, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) creates a single market projected to grow to 1.7 billion people and $6.7 trillion in consumer and business spending by 2030.
The preferential trade agreement will increase international exports and intra-African trade, unlocking opportunities for local and global businesses to enter into and expand in new markets in Africa. Download the report...
L Africa News
Spotlight / 2023
- June 20. Africa Aviation MRO Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)
- June 18.Growing African aviation industry increasingly relies on technology
- June 16. Africa needs internal connections to boost economic growth
- June 5. Importance of a strong relationship between aviation and tourism sectors
- June 1. Uganda to host AFRAA's 2023 African Aviation Conference
- May 25. Experts at 11th Aviation Stakeholders Convention map actions to change continent’s narrative
- April 16. 5 reasons why Africa is the new “It Travel Destination” for 2023
- April 4. WTM Africa 2023 reshapes the future of tourism in Africa
- April 4. Count down begins for Africa’s Travel Indaba
- March 21. Africa's logistics sector set to deliver results as free trade agreement kicks in
- January 16. Tanzania defers SAATM accession
- January 10. Air Pacts: Same old Story from Yamoussoukro To SAATM
- January 9. Renewed focus on domestic, intra African travellers among top themes for 2023
- January 8. African airline recovery hinges on infrastructure, innovation and partnership
- January 3. Addressing aviation’s value chain in Africa
News / 2023
L IATA joins forces with FAA, ICAO & more to improve aviation safety in Africa
June 23, 2023. Tatenda Karuwa for Simple Flying.
Safety is one of the critical areas of the Focus Africa initiative.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is launching a new program to enhance safety in the aviation industry. The Collaborative Aviation Safety Improvement Program (CASIP) will significantly reduce the rate of accidents and fatal incidents across the continent.
The program is part of the IATA Focus Africa initiative and was first announced in Addis Ababa in the presence of most African aviation stakeholders. Focus Africa is meant to enhance aviation's contribution to the continent's development, and safety is one of the critical areas that must be addressed. Read more...
L African Airlines: Sustainability Comes After Survivability
June 20, 2023. Tatenda Karuwa for Simple Flying.
Aviation stakeholders have been working together for several years to reduce the impact of air travel on the environment. Sustainability has been the top priority, with airlines, airports, and manufacturers investing millions in research, new aircraft technology, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), and other emission reduction initiatives. Although it is a top priority, not every airline can afford to invest the same funds to implement these environmental solutions. It is even more difficult in Africa, where carriers face significantly high operating costs due to insufficient infrastructure and a weakening economic climate. Read more...
L Southern Africa News
Spotlight / 2023
- July 3. South Africa's Federal Air grows fleet as tourism rebounds
- June 29. SAA resumes long haul flights, adds Brazil service
- June 29. Namibia launches new flight route to boost tourism
- June 24. Flight Review: Airlink Embraer E190 Economy Class from Johannesburg to Nairobi
- June 20. The African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) and AviaDev Establish Strategic Partnership
- June 12. TAAG Angola Airlines increases frequency on the Luanda-Sao Paulo route
- June 8. LAM Mozambique Reconnects Mozambique and Zambia with Resumption of Lusaka Service from Late-June 2023
- June 5. Airlink partners with Lufthansa Systems
- June 3. Eswatini Air debuts Cape Town route
- June 3. Airlink launches flights to Malawi’s Lilongwe and Blantyre
- June 2. Zambian Govt launches aviation strategy
- June 2. Airlink: two new flight routes launching in South Africa
- June 1. Proflight Zambia welcomes first Boeing 737, marking a milestone in its history
- May 31. Eswatini Air commences with flights to Durban
- May 29. Cape Town Celebrates Intra-Africa Route Expansion
- May 24. LATAM Brasil and Airlink announce Interline agreement
- May 22. New Airlink route will connect Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls
- May 17. New air routes in South Africa: Airlink & Safair
- May 15. TAAG Angola Airlines increases frequency in the Sao Paolo-Luanda route from August ahead
- May 14. Good news for airports and airlines in South Africa
- May 15. Flying in Veldskoen: Lift Airline expands its horizons
- May 11. South African Airways set to resume long-haul flying
- May 11. Amadeus signs distribution partnership with South Africa-based Lift
- May 10. Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) signs collaboration MoU with Eswatini counterpart
- May 9. South Africa's LIFT Set To Lease An Airbus A320 From AerCap
- May 8. Eswatini Air launches new route connecting Durban to boost tourism and trade
- May 4. AviaDev Africa celebrates Airlink CEO Rodger Foster with Ato Girma Wake Award
- May 2. Proflight adds Cape Town to its growing list of SA destinations
News / 2023
June 12, 2023. BizCommunity News.
Cape Town Air Access (CTAA) has confirmed its participation at AviaDev Africa 2023 in Nairobi from 14 to 16 June. Wesgro powers Cape Town Air Access (CTAA), a public-private ecosystem initiative.
Gathering more than 400 attendees from airlines, airports, and tourism boards, the event provides engagement with the African aviation landscape, providing an opportunity to identify new direct routes, and to expand on existing frequencies.
June 16, 2023. BusinessTech.
ACZ and ZTA have joined hands to ensure enhanced collaboration towards luring more airlines into the country so as to promote tourism business activity.
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Spotlight / 2023
- Published August 8. June 2023 Air Freight Market Analysis
- July 5. African airlines see 2% drop in cargo demand in May: IATA
- Published May 31. April 2023 Air Freight Market Analysis
- June 5. South Africa’s Poppy Khoza takes Inspirational Role Model accolade at IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards
News / 2023
Passenger recovery on track
African airlines seat capacity up 25.6% YoY
African airlines saw a 25.6% traffic increase in July 2023 versus a year ago, the second highest percentage gain among the regions. July capacity was up 27.4% and load factor fell 1.0 percentage point to 73.9%, the lowest among the regions. For a second month in a row, Africa was the only region to see capacity growth outrun traffic demand. Read more...
Air cargo demand stable
African airlines report strong growth in cargo volumes
African airlines had the strongest performance in July 2023 with a 2.9% increase in cargo volumes - capacity was 11.0% above July 2022 levels. The Africa-Asia routes experienced significant cargo demand growth returning to double-digit growth of 10.3% YoY from -4.8% in June. Read more...
L IATA Focus Africa Conference to strengthen aviation’s contribution to African development
May 15, 2023. ARGS Bews,
“Over the next 15 years, Africa’s passenger traffic is expected to double.” Willie Walsh, IATA’s DG
IATA has announced the Focus Africa Conference will cover six priorities under IATA’s Focus Africa to strengthen aviation’s contribution to the continent’s economic and social development, and improve connectivity, safety and reliability for passengers and shippers. The Conference is being held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 20-21 June 2023. Read more...
L Environment News
Spotlight / 2023
- June 14. First sustainable aviation fuel batches certified under CORSIA
- May 10 - 12. AASA attends the EU-CORSIA Africa & Caribbean Regional Workshop: CORSIA Implementation after ICAO 41st General Assembly
- April 6. Global Electric Aircraft Market Forecast 2023-2032 – Market size, drivers, trends, and competitors
- April 6. EU draws criticism as it proposes green label for some aviation investments
- April 6. UK agency has backed billions’ worth of aviation deals since Paris agreement
- April 5. SABA takes sustainable aviation fuel market to new heights with corporate support
- April 5. Why Europe is emerging as a green aviation test bed
- April 4. Battle brews in US over climate law credits for aviation biofuels
- March 27. Stepping stones to net zero
- March 27. ICAO Council adopts important new and updated international aviation environmental protection standards
- January 5. 11 Sustainable Aviation Trends for 2023
Spotlight / 2022
News / 2023
L IATA Releases Industry Net Zero Tracking Methodology to Guide Industry Emission Reporting
July 6, 2023. IATA News.
L Sasol, Topsoe form JV to accelerate global production of sustainable aviation fuel
June 21, 2023. Engineering News.
L ICAO News
Spotlight / 2023
- June 6. States agree to heighten aviation safety, security and sustainability through enhanced ICAO support for implementation
- March 28. SA undergoes aviation safety audit by UN’s ICAO
- March 15. ICAO issues call for Advanced Air Mobility infrastructure and global harmonization solutions in support of upcoming 2023 DRONE ENABLE Symposium
- February 28. ICAO: African govts, air cargo must seize opportunities offered by SAATM, AfCFTA
- February 8. ICAO forecasts complete and sustainable recovery and growth of air passenger demand in 2023
- January 5. ICAO's 2050 Net-Zero CO2 Goal for International Aviation
Spotlight / 2022
News / 2023
L ICAO approves new standards for safer air transport
March 27, 2023. ICAO News.
DFMC GNSS permits the combined leveraging of dual frequency signals from up to four GNSS constellations simultaneously
The ICAO Council achieved a major milestone this week in the global standardization and roll-out of new dual-frequency multi-constellation (DFMC) capabilities for international aviation’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS):
“This is an important development toward improving the safety, efficiency and sustainability of international air transport through more precise airspace management and more efficient routes and procedures,” said Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano. Read more...
L African govts, air cargo must seize opportunities offered by SAATM, AfCFTA
February 28, 2023. The STRAT Trade Times.
Working in collaboration with multilateral institutions such as AU, ICAO, the World Bank Group and others, they can together ensure close alignment and maximize effective implementation of both.
Africa's share in global air cargo movement is insignificant to put it simply. There are many regulatory and infrastructural challenges that the continent faces while it intends to capture more air cargo volume and improve its economic landscape. However, there are rays of hope that businesses and the African air cargo community could see. Read more...