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Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA)

In Southern Africa, AASA leads and coordinates the airline industry position on airport, airspace and civil aviation issues.

AASA is the leading representative airline organisation within southern Africa, working together with leaders of the aviation industry and senior public and government officials on policy, regulatory, planning, operational, safety, security and financial matters affecting the overall profitability of the airlines and their continued sustainability. 

The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) was establilshed in 1970 to represent the mutual interests of its Members. Membership is open to all airlines based in countries south of the equator, including the Indian Ocean Islands. 

There are currently 15 Airline Members. In addition, Associate Membership is open to airline partner organisations. There are currently 38 Associate Members, including infrastructure service providers, several oil companies, major aircraft manufacturers, engine manufacturers, ground handling companies, service providers, other industry associations and partners. 

AASA also leads and coordinates the airline industry position on airport, airspace and civil aviation issues, as well as consumer legislation, environmental and tourism matters, and provides media response to important industry issues. 

AASA’s responsibility includes the representation of SADC-based airlines on the SADC Civil Aviation Committee as the Airline Consultative Member. 

AASA is also a regular participant and contributor to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) initiatives in the region. With AASA’s focus concentrated on any issue impacting the airline business, the regular liaison and good working relationship with its Members and partners is highly valued.

 L        AASA News / 2022

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 L   [Radio Interview/ The Business Report on Nova 103 Ep 50] AASA CEO interviewed at the Namibia Aviation & Connectivity Forum

November 17, 2022. Namibia Future Media / The Business Report.

In this episode's Lead Story, Gary Stroebel speaks to Bisey /Uirab CEO of the Namibia Airports Company. In the Spotlight Gary speaks to Andre Compion, the MD of FlyNamibia In the BizNews Wrap, and David Bishop speaks to Aaron Muntsi, CEO of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA).

 L   Inaugural Namibia Aviation & Connectivity Forum: Various experts expected to feature at maiden Aviation and Connectivity Forum in Namibia this week

November 14, 2022. Namibia Economist.

The Minister of Transport John Mutorwa will be joined by Finnish Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Ville Skinnari to officiate the opening of the Namibia Aviation and Connectivity Forum scheduled from 16 to 18 November at the Safari Court Hotel in Windhoek.
    Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, is a confirmed speaker, among many prominent SADC aviation leaders, and representatives of the Namibian banking and finance sector.
    The purpose of the Forum, a first of its kind for Namibia, is to create a platform where key industry players and stakeholders will share, tackle, rethink and put into motion, ideas on the trajectory that the aviation industry and its related ecosystem will take over the next few years. Read more...

 L   Precision Air Condolences

November 7, 2022. AASA News.

Johannesburg. On behalf of the Board of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA), the Chairman, Mr. João Jorge extends condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of the victims of the fatal accident of Precision Air flight PW494 on 6 November 2022 near Bukoba airport.
    AASA extends its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends who have lost their loved ones in this accident. Our sympathies are with the families and the entire workforce of Precision Air and the entire aviation community in Tanzania, on their irreplaceable losses. We remain available to lend a hand of sympathy and support to our fellow colleagues in these trying times, said Mr. Jorge, Director-General of Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM).

 L   SA airports promise working travelators, escalators, and lifts for the festive season

November 1, 2022. Luke Daniel for Business Insider SA.

South Africa's major airports are gearing up for an influx of festive season travellers, bringing people-moving infrastructure, like travelators, escalators, and lifts, back into service.

Concerns around the state of South Africa's airports have heightened ahead of the festive season – the first in two years without any lockdown restrictions – which will see a surge in both domestic and foreign passengers. 
    AASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi noted: "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..." Read more...

 L   SA Tourism Minister calls for synergy between aviation and tourism to drive industry

October 20, 2022. Kojo Bentum Williams for VoyagesAfriq.

South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Lindiwe Sisulu is pushing for the deepening of collaboration between aviation and tourism in order to build a robust and sustainable travel industry.
    The Minister is also of the belief that such synergy is needed to help the industry recover quickly from the devasting effects of COVID-19 while ensuring seamless travel and movement of people within the Southern African region.
    Sisulu made this known in her address at the 52nd Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) Annual General Assembly in Kleinmond on October 14. Read more...

 L   AASA CEO bemoans lack of gov’t support for aviation industry

October 19, 2022. Kojo Bentum Williams for VoyagesAfriq.

The CEO of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has taken a swipe at governments within the region for failing to provide much-needed relief for airlines despite recent global happenings that have negatively impacted their operations.
    Addressing delegates of the AASA’s 52nd General Assembly in Kleinmond, Aaron Munetsi submitted that it was regrettable that constant calls on governments to provide relief to airlines have gone unheeded. Read more...

 L   [WATCH eNCA] More jet fuel shortages feared and visas weigh down airlines

October 18, 2022. #eNCA #DStv403  

Another jet fuel shortage is on the cards as the Transnet strike continues to stifle activity at the country's ports.
    Earlier this month, a shipment of jet fuel to the Cape Town port was delayed due to bad weather. Now the Airlines Association (AASA) says its members are bracing themselves for fuel shortages if the strike continues for much longer. Read more...

 L   Worries over jet fuel supply and flights in South Africa as festive season approaches

October 18, 2022. Business Tech.

The Airlines Association of South Africa (AASA) has warned that knock-on effects from the Transnet strike could exacerbate fuel supply issues and result in a nationwide jet fuel shortage. This devastating prospect could leave airlines grounded during the festive season.

“We are very concerned with the challenges faced amid the economically crippling strike by rail and harbour workers, including those that a jet fuel shortage would bring to our industry,” said AASA’s CEO Aaron Munetsi.
    Munetsi noted that a fuel shortage would not only inconvenience travellers and clients that use airline services to transport goods, but it would cripple the tourism and aviation sector – especially considering that South Africa is going into its peak summer tourism season. Read more...

 L   Aviation sector’s sustainability remains under threat - AASA

October 17, 2022. Given Majola for Business Report.

The aviation industry’s sustainability commercially, financially, economically, socially and environmentally, remained under threat, according to Aaron Munetsi, the CEO Aasa).

Giving the Aviation Industry Roadmap at AASA’s 52nd annual general assembly near Kleinmond in the Western Cape on Friday, Munetsi said that for years, AASA had been ready and pleading with governments in southern Africa to engage so they could work together meaningfully. Read more...

 L   Converting SA to full e-visa system tripped up by huge backlog, tech challenges, says Sisulu

October 16, 2022. Carin Smith for News24.com.

  • The tourism and aviation industries have both been hit hard by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Even before the pandemic hit, the implementation of a full e-visa system was used as an example of how it can be made easier for travellers to visit the country.
  • Although it does not fall directly under her department, Minister of Tourism Lindiwe Sisulu addressed the challenges at the AGA of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa.

The implementation of e-visas to facilitate travel to the country is being tripped up by a huge backlog in converting the paper-based system to a computerised one, according to Minister of Tourism Lindiwe Sisulu.
    "We continue to advocate for solutions in the areas that support and enable aviation such as visa facilitation. A lot of work has been done by the Department of Home Affairs as a partner to the sector and most recently, the rollout of e-visas in various countries, including seven African countries was implemented," Sisulu said at the 52nd Annual General Assembly of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) taking place near Kleinmond. Read more...


AASA elects 2022-23 Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson

October 15, 2022. 

Kleinmond – Mr. João Carlos Pó Jorge has been elected the new Chairperson and Mr. Elmar Conradie as Deputy Chairperson of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA). They were elected at the 52nd Annual General Meeting and will serve for the next 12 months.
    Mr. Jorge is the DG of Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM). Mr. Conradie is the CEO of Safair.
   "Our industry emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic in a very different shape to what it was. It is leaner, fitter, and stronger, but faces considerable economic and regulatory headwinds and external threats, including the reliable supply of fuel, which is the most immediate pressing issue. Both João and Elmar are highly respected and knowledgeable leaders in the Southern African air transport industry and well-placed to provide guidance and support as we continue to lead and speak for the airline industry and engage on their behalf with governments and regulators throughout the SADC region," said Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO. 
    AASA’s 2022 Annual General Assembly was attended by over 260 delegates representing airlines, airports, air navigation and weather services as well as manufacturers, suppliers, and other industry stakeholders. Issues addressed included the need for urgent action by governments in the region to review policies and regulations to enable a more efficient, comprehensive, and competitive air transport industry to serve and support all the economies of the SADC region. Download [pdf]...

 L   [WATCH eNCA Special] 52nd AASA AGA and Airlines Summit: Carriers want to spread their wings

October 15, 2022. #eNCA #DStv403  

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.

 L   Minister of Tourism addresses the 52nd AASA AGA on developments in the tourism industry

October 14, 2022. AASA News.

Future Developments & Prospects for the SADC Tourism Industry

South African Tourism Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, addressed the 52nd AASA AGA and Southern African region’s aviation industry at a critical juncture for our deeply interconnected and interdependent sectors@LindiweSisuluSA  #WeDoTourism

 L   [WATCH eNCA News] 52nd AASA AGA and Airlines Summit: Turbulent times aviation industry

October 14, 2022. #eNCA #DStv403 

It's been turbulent times for the airline industry. First Covid-19 took them out of the sky and just when it looked like it was cleared for take-off, it was hit by high fuel costs and shortages. AASA is holding its AGM and Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is set to address challenges with local flights.


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Above: Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu and AASA CEO, Aaron Munetsi address the media at the AASA AGA held in Kleinmond.

Address by L N Sisulu, Minister of Tourism on the occasion of the 52nd Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) Annual General Assembly Kleinmond, Hermanus 
October 14, 2022. South African Government Newsroom / Speeches

Future Developments & Prospects for the SADC Tourism Industry

"Thank you for inviting me to address the Southern African region’s aviation industry at such a critical juncture for our deeply interconnected and interdependent sectors. This event could not have come at a better time as we prepare to welcome and put into motion travellers and tourists during the festive season after the devastation of COVID." Read the full speech...

The Namibia Aviation and Connectivity Forum, an intiative led by the Namibia Airports Company (NAC), is holding it's inaugural forum in Windhoek from 16 to 18 November this year. 

Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, is a confirmed speaker. 

The purpose of the Forum, a first of its kind for Namibia, is to create a platform where key industry players and stakeholders will share, tackle, rethink and put into motion, ideas on the trajectory that the aviation industry and its related ecosystem will take over the next few years. 

The Forum will bring to the fore, the discussion around how aviation can play a central role in the attainment of national aspirations such as Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP2), National Development Plans (NDPs) and the national transport policy. 

The 2022 Forum will focus on how Namibia can re-emerge from the recent pandemic with a resilient and sustainable aviation industry and pave way for the development of a series of policy and structural reforms. 

Who should attend? 

The Forum will attract delegates from within Namibia, the region and beyond. Although it is the first of its kind in Namibia, it will be meeting point for the wider SADC community. Attendees will comprise of leaders, administrators, business people, and technical experts in all sectors of the aviation and ancillary industries, who will arrive or contribute from all over the sub-continent. Click here to register for the Forum.

   L      Global News / 2022

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  L  Below the wing of the global airline sector
September 1, 2022. VettaFi.

The rising price of jet fuel, which recently reached its highest point in well over five years, at almost $103/barrel, has become yet another challenge for the global aviation industry, which is badly hit because of Covid-19. 

Fuel is a major cost component of operating an airline, often accounting for 20-30% of operating costs, according to OAG, a UK-based global travel data provider. So, a rise in fuel costs of this scale (70% up on a year ago) means airlines have to reduce costs elsewhere or increase fares, OAG said and noted, “In the current operating environment neither is easy.”
    IATA estimates that jet fuel will average $102.2/barrel this year. This, it said will have a $65bn impact on the airline industry’s 2022 fuel bill. Fuel is such a large cost for airlines that it is the focus of intense efforts across the industry to find efficiency improvements. Read more...

       L  Africa News / 2022

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  L  AFCAC SAATM PIP Launch: Acceleration of Air Transport Liberalization in Africa to improve Continental Connectivity and Integration

November 14, 2022. AFCAC Press Release.

23rd Anniversary of the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD) Day Event

Africa Launches Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) Pilot Implementation Project (PIP) with 15 States ready and willing to fully implement SAATM

Dakar, Senegal.  15 African Ministers of Transport and Aviation today, 14 November 2022 met in Dakar Senegal to launch the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) Pilot Implementation Project (PIP). The project was launched by the Honourable Minister of Rail, Road and Aviation of the Republic of Togo H.E. Affoh Atcha-Dedji who is the Champion State of SAATM, with the Honourable Minister of Aviation and Airport Infrastructure of Senegal H.E. Doudou Ka as Chief Host.
    The 15 SAATM States are the States that have been identified with favourable environment to proceed with SAATM implementation. They are Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroun, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Togo and Zambia. All these States have domestic carriers eligible to participate in the SAATM. Read more...

      L  Southern Africa News / 2022 

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  L  Mozambique: LAM Director General elected Chairperson of AASA

October 31, 2022. Club of Mozambique.

The Director General of Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM), João Carlos Pó Jorge, was elected Chairperson of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) at the body’s virtual 52nd Annual General Meeting, the state-owned company announced today. Pó Jorge will lead AASA alongside Elmar Conradie, CEO of Safair, elected as Deputy Chairperson...Read more...

  L  Airlink buys stake in FlyNamibia for flight efficiency, connecting small towns and global markets

September 28, 2022. Compiled by Carin Smith for News24

Independent SA-based airline Airlink is acquiring a 40% strategic equity holding in privately-owned Windhoek-based FlyNamibia with the aim of creating more efficient flights to, from and within Namibia. In terms of the commercial franchise agreement, 
    Airlink and FlyNamibia will optimise their schedules to provide convenient connections between their respective flights and with long-haul inter-continental flights provided by Airlink's other commercial partners.
    Airlink will also provide technical and commercial skills training and development support for FlyNamibia. Read more...

  L       IATA News 2022 

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  L  September 2022 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
Published November 7, 2022. IATA Economic Reports.

PAX recovery continues
African airlines' passenger demand up 90.5% YoY

African Airlines saw a 90.5% rise in September RPKs versus a year ago. September 2022 capacity was up 47.2% and load factor climbed 16.7 percentage points to 73.6%, the lowest among regions. Read more...  

  L  September 2022 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
Published November 7, 2022. IATA Economic Reports.

Cargo volumes decline
Positive growth in Africa continues

African airlines saw cargo volumes increase by 0.1% in September 2022 compated to September 2021. Africa experienced a slight decrease in the growth recorded the previous month (1%). Capacity was 4.1% below September 2021 levels. Read more...   

  L  IATA Regional Vice-President AME addresses AASA's AGA on resilience and growth in these uncertain times
October 14, 2022. IATA AME News.

Kamil Al-Awadhi IATA, Regional Vice-President AME addressed the AASA AGA on resilience and growth in these uncertain times. He identified key priorities for Southern Africa going forward including: Connectivity & Regulatory Reform; Planning & Preparedness; Environmental Sustainability; Taxes; Charges & Costs & Safety. Read more...  

  L       Environment News 2022

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  L  Aerospace majors united on need to cut aviation carbon emissions

October 17, 2022. Rebecca Campbell for EngineeringNews.

The world’s top three manufacturers of commercial airliners were in broad agreement about what had to be done in order to achieve net-zero-carbon-emissions aviation by 2050. This was clearly shown by addresses to the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) Annual General Assembly (AGA) on Friday, by representatives of (in alphabetical order) Airbus, Boeing and Embraer. 

Embraer was represented by GM institutional affairs Hussein Dabbas, Boeing by Africa and Middle East sales director Herb W Wallen, and Airbus by environment & sustainability marketing director Corrin Higgs. They all participated in a panel discussion on environmental considerations for aviation. The panel was moderated by environmental and wildlife specialist Dr Ian Cruikshank. Read more...

  L  Big increases in overseas flight prices to SA loom as EU, UK green taxes expand

August 8, 2022. Carin Smith for Fin24.com.

South African flight prices to Europe, the UK - and eventually the rest of the world - could climb by up to thousands of rands unless something is done to counteract the effects of various emissions taxes, an expert has warned.

The European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETC) system is currently only in force on flights within the EU, but the bloc is pushing to extend the system to cover all flights to or from EU destinations, or that route through EU airspace, regardless of where the flight originates or terminates. 
    From 2027, all countries have to participate in this Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Some countries - such as Botswana, Zambia and the UK - have chosen to already implement CORSIA, while SA are amongst the countries choosing not to do so yet.
    This increasing global focus on aviation sustainability could put SA at a disadvantage and even favour east Africa as a more attractive hub for air traffic into the rest of the continent, says Dr Ian Cruickshank, environmental and wildlife specialist for AASA.
    He expects the southern African region will be severely impacted by environmental regulations in the aviation industry based on flight distances. Flights to SA are about four hours longer than to Nairobi, for example, from Europe. Passengers will be taxed on the distances flown or amount of time their flights are generating carbon emissions. Read more...

  L       ICAO News / 2022

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  L   Poppy Khoza: Soaring from rural Dundee to the first female chair of the UN's civil aviation assembly   
October 16, 2022. Carin Smith for News24.

From humble beginnings in rural KwaZulu-Natal, near Dundee, Poppy Khoza's career in aviation has made her not only the first woman at the helm of South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), but also the first woman to preside over the global assembly of the UN's International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). 
    ICAO's 41st Assembly took place in the Montreal, Canada recently. Khoza says her election to chair the assembly is a sign of how the rest of the world perceives SA's contribution to issues facing world aviation. The assembly meets not less than once every three years, and has numerous powers and duties, although generally it reviews in detail the work of ICAO, a body charged with, among other things, supporting diplomatic efforts that will help align national regulations globally...Read more..

  L   ICAO report outlines steps to reduce aviation's carbon output   
September 5, 2022. Bran Corliss for Leeham News & Analysis.

Saying the climate crisis now is at “Code Red for Humanity,” the UN-sponsored International Civil Aviation Organization is calling on nations and companies to increase their investments toward techniques and technologies that can reduce aviation’s climate impact.
     It won’t be easy, ICAO said in its Environmental Report 2022, which was released in July. The aviation industry will be one of the hardest to ween off carbon-based forms of energy, a recent report concluded. Read more...

  L   Launch of ICAO Assistance, Capacity-building and Training for Sustainable Aviation Fuels   
June 2, 2022. ICAO News.

Montréal. The ICAO Assistance, Capacity-building and Training for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (ACT-SAF) programme was officially launched at a Stockholm+50 associated side event held at ICAO Headquarters in Montréal yesterday.
    ICAO ACT-SAF will provide opportunities for States to develop their full potential in sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) development and deployment, in line with ICAO’s No Country Left Behind initiative, the 2050 ICAO Vision for SAF, and the three main pillars of sustainable development recognized by the United Nations: economic, social and environmental.
   “While no one solution will fit all States and stakeholders, the importance of ICAO’s role in bringing partners together, and supporting capacity building and implementation, is very clear. Many States and stakeholders have recognized the need for aviation to act now, and the contributions of ACT-SAF to the objectives of Stockholm+50 will encourage important near-term synergies for global action on sustainable fuels.” ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar.
    The importance of SAF to the decarbonization of the aviation sector has recently been shown in the ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) report on the feasibility of a long-term global aspirational goal (LTAG) for international civil aviation CO2 emission reductions, which will inform discussions on LTAG in the lead up to the 41st Session of the ICAO Assembly...Read more...