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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 17 Airline Members. In addition, Associate Membership is open to airline partner organisations. There are currently 36 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

In brief

 L   SA aviation sector pays higher charges and faces more stringent regulations than sister countries

August 6, 2022. Narissa Subramoney for Citizen.co.za.

Charges and fees constitute as much as 70% of the cost of a single flight ticket.

  • Jet fuel is currently nearly 73% higher than it was in January 2022.
  • Charges and fees constitute as much as 70% of the cost of a single flight ticket.
  • There are disparities in regulatory burdens and licensing costs between South Africa and sister countries on the continent, where our airlines are subjected to disproportionately higher charges and more stringent regulations than our counterparts.

The Airlines Association of Southern Africa's (AASA) in a frank conversation with Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has outlined several problems facing the country’s aviation sector.
    Sisulu met with AASA CEO, Aaron Munetsi, on Friday amid reports of airline seat shortages and the rising cost of flights, which is hampering the tourism sector’s recovery from the 2020 pandemic.
    Munetsi outlined a wide range of regulatory, operational and global economic impacts confronting the country’s aviation sector. Key issues that affect travel and tourism include regulatory issues both in South Africa and her peer destinations.
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 L   How will Africa increase air cargo market share as recovery gears up?

July 18, 2022. Africa Logistics Upate.

Current aviation market trends and data points suggest that aviation is slowly and steadily getting back to what it was pre-pandemic. Going forward, how will Africa’s air cargo industry deal with the headwinds and tailwinds it is experiencing?

Aaron Munetsi, CEO AASA, wants African airlines to upgrade their services to become airlines of choice in Africa. This is vital for air cargo in Africa. As economies and aviation industry recover globally, Africa's air cargo industry now faces the vital test of improving air cargo infrastructure, services and demand. There is hope the AUC, AFCAC, African airlines and regional aviation and economic organisations will lead efforts to lift Africa up from the present 1.9% of global air cargo market share...Read more...

 L   South Africa's DFFE releases final promulgation of Aviation Tariffs for 2022/23 - 2024/25

July 12, 2022. SA Government Notices.

The SA Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) have gazetted Aviation Tariffs and Fees for the provision of Aviation Meteorological Services for the years 2022/23 - 2024/25.  Download the GG47124 for the new tariffs...

 L   Watchdog looks to tackle sky-high airline ticket prices

July 12, 2022. BusinessDay News.

Competition Commission receives complaints about soaring prices after the collapse of Comair

SA’s competition authority said on Tuesday it is expediting its investigations into “excessive” pricing by airlines after receiving formal complaints from consumers as ticket prices continue to soar. Airline ticket prices have skyrocketed in recent weeks in the wake of the collapse of Comair, which accounted for as much as 40% of Southern Africa’s airline capacity. Read more...

 L   South Africa's Department of Home Affairs release revised Advance Passenger Processing (APP) Guide for Airlines (Version 13) effective June 2022

July 4, 2022. SA Department of Home Affairs News.

South Africa's Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is tasked with the implementation of 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 DHA  is focused on reducing the number of inadmissible people arriving at ports of entry and has mandated that all airlines comply with the directive of becoming APP compliant. The APP Amendment Version 13 has updated the following sections:

  • Page 5, Paragraph 1.3: The use of this Guide
  • Page 7, Paragraph 2.4: Passports not accepted by South Africa
  • Page 12, Paragraph 3.2.1: Check-in Responses
  • Page 44, Attachment N: Visa Exmptions 

 L   Air Transport News (ATN) interviews AASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi 

July 1, 2022. 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. Read more...

I am optimistic to a fault on the future of aviation in our SADC region and indeed on the rest of the continent. The SAATM and the AfCFTA give us the opportunity to make strides in achieving our objectives of an integrated and progressive aviation industry. If there is one lesson we have learnt from the pandemic it is that we all need each other and cooperation is critical for our mutual sustainability. There is no better time than now to embrace the popular African saying: to go fast, go alone, to go far, go with othersAaron Munetsi, AASA CEO

 L   IT’S OFFICIAL: Face masks are gone, border checks and gatherings ban dropped in SA

June 22, 2022. Business Insider News. 

As of Wednesday, 22 June, South Africans no longer need to wear face masks. Limits on gatherings and border checks for Covid-19 – and the need to be vaccinated to enter South Africa – have also been dropped. Health Minister Joe Phaahla repealed the relevant regulations with a simple notice in the Government Gazette. Read more...

 L   Southern African airlines in Catch-22 as costs rise amid fragile demand

June 17, 2022. Engineering News. 

To all practical intents and purposes, the Covid-19 pandemic hit Southern Africa just over two years ago. The pandemic and the measures adopted by the region’s governments to try and counter it have had a severe impact on the Southern African airline industry (and indeed on all sectors associated with it, including airports and tourism).
    Although Covid-19 did not, on its own, drive any of the region’s airlines out of business, it proved the last straw for a number of carriers already in financial trouble before the disease struck...

Financially, the pandemic-driven disruption to normal airline operations and business put carriers under immense pressure. All airlines, without exception, were adversely impacted by the pandemic. AASA, in conjunction with other airline representative associations, appealed to the SADC governments to provide financial relief to all airlines, regardless of ownership, by way of cash injection or through other instruments such as the waiver or reduction of statutory taxes, levies and charges. It is regrettable that most governments in the region have not seen their way to support an industry that is intrinsic to the economic health and sustainability of every modern and aspiring country. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO

 L   [INTERVIEW] Professionalism and access to contacts are essential to overcoming aviation challenges – Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO
June 6, 2022. Martin Chemhere for Nomad Africa magazine. 

Ever-evolving as an organisation, to meet the demands of the SADC markets, and the African and international aviation spaces, the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) appointed Zimbabwean-born Aaron Munetsi as its new CEO (last year). The leading African aviation veteran, in this exclusive interview with Editor, Martin Chemhere, has more insights on what he brings and intends to do with advancing the objectives of the regional organisation.  

Nomad Africa: Explain some of the challenges of the South African / African aviation industry that you hope to tackle?

Aaron Munetsi: I think that the overall challenge that the continent is struggling with is implementing open skies. The African Union’s 2018 adoption of the Single Africa Air Transport Market (SAATM) signaled a renewed commitment to open up Africa’s skies to African airlines. To-date, 35 countries have signed up but requires fresh impetus. Once SAATM’s implementation gains momentum the broad economic benefits of open skies will become apparent...Read the full interview here...


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   L      Global News / 2022

In brief 

  L  Global airlines under pressure as jet fuel price soars
February 2, 2022. Gulf Times.

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

In brief 

  L  African airlines will need to recruit 63,000 new workers, as the continent's aviation industry is set to hit $400 billion valuation by 2040
May 25, 2022. Business Insider Africa

  • Africa's commercial aviation market is projected to hit a valuation of $400 billion by 2040.
  • Growth will be driven by factors such as increased trade, more travel agreements and a considerable increase in the region's middle class.
  • To meet the expected increase in air travel demand, African airlines will have to significantly increase their fleet size and workforce. 

African airlines will need to recruit some 63,000 new professionals (including pilots, technicians and cabin crew members) over the next twenty years in order to ensure optimal service delivery. 
    This is one of the key growth projections that were made about the continent's commercial aviation industry by Boeing, as contained in its recently released Commercial Market Outlook. Read more...

      L  Southern Africa News / 2022 

In brief

  L  Cape Town shines as the hub of Africa’s aviation recovery 
July 1, 2022. Simply Flying.

Africa's most southerly international airport is showing strong signs of getting back to business. If you had to pick a region that truly represents the notion of aviation potential, Africa would be it. The continent makes up around 12% of the world’s population, but only 2.5% of the passenger traffic. The impact of COVID and, more recently, the drawn-out conflict in Ukraine and its effect on fuel prices, has only further placed roadblocks in the path of this ready-to-flourish region. Read more...

  L  Gauteng Air Access Network take-off as more new flights land at OR Tambo 
June 29, 2022. BizCommunity.

More international and regional flights continue to prefer the OR Tambo International Airport as their gateway into South Africa and the rest of the African continent. This bodes well for the visitor economy in Gauteng and the centrality of air services and active route development in increasing tourism, trade, and investment flows into our ailing economy. Read more...

  L       IATA News 2022 

In brief 

  L  June 2022 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
Published August 4, 2022. IATA Economic Reports.

Strong passenger demand
African airlines' passenger demand surges 103.6% 

Airlines based in Africa recorded a doubling of international RPKs over the year to June, with an increase of 103.6%. In total, international RPKs have recovered to be around 35% below their 2019 level at present. At a route area level, the performance of international traffic between Africa and neighboring regions is approaching pre-pandemic levels...Read more...  

  L  June 2022 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
Published August 3, 2022. IATA Economic Reports.

Cargo volumes stabilize
Africa's air cargo volumes increase

African airlines were the only other region where cargo volumes increased over the past year; CTK growth was a solid 5.8% YoY, returning to a positive rate after two months of declines. This is mainly driven by the European and Asian routes, with growth rates 6.2% and 5.3% respectively...Read more...   

  L       Environment News 2022

In brief 

  L  AASA Environmental Committee Virtual Meeting
July 26, 2022. 

Save the Date. AASA's Environmental Committee is hosting a Virtual Meeting on 26 July at 10am with Dr Ian Cruickshank . For more information email environment@aasa.za.net.

  L  ROUTES From Take Off to Touch Down: Video and Report 
January 18, 2022. 

The ROUTES Partnership has released a final overview report the ROUTES Partnership: From Take Off to Touch Down and summary video  highlighting its main achievements across six years of implementation. 

  L       ICAO News / 2022

In brief 

  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 Read more...  

       ICAO COVID-19 Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART)   

The work of ICAO’s CART is aimed at providing practical, aligned guidance to governments and industry operators to restart the international air transport sector and recover from the impacts of C-19 on a coordinated global basis. The CART’s work on its Recovery Report and the accompanying ‘Take-Off’ guidance for international aviation, has kept the health, safety, and security of the travelling public of paramount concern throughout. Read more...

 L        SA Government State of the Nation, Gazettes, Regulations, Directions, Protocols & Notices / 2022