Aviation Festival Africa 2017    |    13 - 14 June 2017       


Aviation Festival Africa 2017
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Aviation Leadership Panel

“Putting Africa’s aviation industry on the map”

Presentation by Chris Zweigenthal Chief Executive, AASA

The Aviation Festival Africa 2017 was held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 13 to 14 June, in association with AASA and the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA).

The Aviation Leadership Panel included AASA's Chief Executive, Chris Zweigenthal - the moderator; and Alexander Nwuba, Managing Director and CEO of Smile Air, Ghana; Derrick Luembe, Director of Operations at Fastjet; and Marcel Langeslag of Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) - the panelists.

Chris Zweigenthal shared his thoughts in a presentation entitled: “Putting Africa’s aviation industry on the map.”

Highlights and key points include the following:

  • Africa occupies 20% of Earth’s land mass
  • 12% of world’s population
  • Africa GDP outlook average at 4.5% p.a.
  • 9 of top 20 fastest growing economies in Africa
  • 2.5 to 3% of global passenger business in Africa
  • Over 200 airlines in Africa
    • 35 IATA Airlines out of total of 265
  • IATA Airlines IATA global projections:
    • 2017 : $31.5 billion profit
    • 2016 : $36.5 billion profit
  • Regional Profitability: Africa
    • 2016 : Africa airline losses: -US$ 800 million
    • 2016 : SADC region airline losses: -US$ 390 million

Many African airlines complain about the influx of international airlines and increasing frequencies into many destinations in Africa. 18% of international traffic is carried by African airlines and 82% is carried by International airlines...if global traffic grows at 6% per annum and Africa was to achieve 12% market share, traffic would need to grow at 27% per annum for 10 years, and to achieve half that target, i.e. 6% market share, traffic would need to grow at 18% per annum for 10 years.
Chris Zweigenthal, Chief Executive, AASA

Civil aviation safety advances will support growth in African air travel

June 6, 2017. defenceWeb. African civil aviation is said to be five to nine times riskier than the global average, making pledges of significant investment in regional air and ground safety a real contributor to the continent’s attractiveness as a sought after travel and business destination.

"What’s needed in the long run is co-ordinated investment in leading-edge technologies to enhance safety and cost efficiencies, which will do much to develop smaller airports which are important for the expansion of African business and tourism," says Bennie Langenhoven, managing executive of Tellumat Air Traffic Management (ATM).

Promising developments include the efforts by Air Traffic & Navigation Services (ATNS) to create a single upper airspace management capability in the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region.

Read the full article defenceWeb article here and the ATNS efforts here.

Aviation Festival Africa 2017
in association with AASA and CAASA

The Aviation Festival Africa, in association with AASA and the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA), is a 2-day event being held from 13th June to 14th June 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

The Festival is the leading aviation and airports conference exhibition where African operators, airlines, government and partners come to source the latest technologies and solutions for their networks.  

Register for the conference or visit the FREE expo.

An opportunity to discover the latest aviation and airport innovations and learn first hand how the new wave of technology trends will change the way you do business in Africa. Over the 2-day event you will have free access to: seminars, exhibitions, and a networking opportunity.

**You need to sign up for the free expo pass to access the expo hall**
Download the Conference Brochure.

Aviation Festival Africa is a classic convention which brings together global aviation players and stakeholders, with the bulk coming from the African continent. I had the lifetime priviledge of interacting and learning a lot from seasoned aviators, both active and retired, which changed my work habits and commitment forever. My company has now made it a top priority to send representatives every year to attend the Aviation Festival Africa.
Tapiwa Zuze, Cost and Management Accountant, Air Zimbabwe 



Aviation Festival Africa 2017
Airports Show

13-14 June 2017 | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg

Africa's Airports: Latest Projects eBook
Innovation, Performance and investment for airports across Africa

An efficient and effective airport is essential to the success of any country, and Africa is no exception. From Egypt to South Africa, Africa's airports hold the key to developing the continent. We are seeing this in some of the world's fastest growing economies, who call Africa home, who rely on airports and connectivity.

Africa’s airports are in a state of much needed upgrade and African governments are giving the green light to proceed with these projects. Africa presents massive potential in terms of economic development, growth opportunities and air travel.

The Aviation Festival Africa 2017 will also host the Airports Show and have put together a project update eBook to browse through which has insightful information on airport projects that are planned or currently underway on the African continent, and how investors can get involved in developing world class airports in Africa.  
Download Africa's Airports 2017 EBook.

Airports play a significant role in connecting cities and countries. Airports are a major part of a country’s infrastructure and foster economic activities by encouraging international commerce and tourism and generating employment. Economy Watch