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 L   SACAA announces Ministerial Order regarding administrative support to ASLC and IASLC
February 5, 2024. SA Government / SACAA Directive

On 9 October 2023, the Minister of Transport published a Ministerial Order through a government Gazette as empowered by Section 100 of the Civil Aviation Act, 2009 (Act No.13 of 2009) to provide administrative support to both the Air Service Licensing (ASL) and International Air Service Licensing Councils (IASLC). 
   The Order places the responsibility of administrative function to the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). The administrative support includes developing effective systems enabling the smooth processing of ASL applications and Foreign Operator Permits (FOPs) effective 1 February 2024.  Download the letter from SACAA for more information...

 L   Experts cautiously optimistic about increased intra-Africa air connectivity
January 30, 2024. North Africa Post.

Intra-Africa air connectivity is making headway, a recent ‘Charting Trends’ report published by the Centre for Aviation (CAPA) has shown, and was also echoed by local aviation experts who have expressed cautious optimism about the growth prospects for the southern African region.

It is encouraging to see the two million weekly seats milestone. AASA will continue to advocate for increases in the intra-Africa market, and the implementation of SAATM by all African countries. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO 

Munetsi also pointed out that AASA’s responsibility to increase intra-Africa travel included but was not limited to the opening up of borders by the removal of visa requirements for Africans, implementing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, and the SAATM – all three of which are African Union flagship projects for the Agenda 2063. Read more...

 L   ATNS publishes new tariff's effective 1 May 2024
January 26, 2024. SA Government Gazette / Department of Transport / ATNS

The South African Department of Transport has issued amendments to the Airports Company Act (45/1993) with the publication of new air traffic service charges: GG 50041AASA Airline Members are advised to familiarise themselves with the new ATNS Air Traffic Service Charges effective 1 May 2024Read more...

 L   [INTERVIEW] AASA’s Aaron Munetsi on Southern Africa’s Tail and Crosswinds
January 26, 2024. Chat Ndege interviews Aaron Munetsi for Cockpit Talk.

  • Seven SADC countries have signed on for SAATM, a call for more Member States to join.
  • More city pairings in the SADC region.
  • More airline collaborations for SADC and African airlines.
  • Market opportunity for another mega airport in the region.
  • Investment in airports infrastructure development in the region.
  • Investment in the 5th Freedom Traffic Rights for the region.

In aviation terms, Aaron Munetsi is an African legend. A thought leader who has been the captain in command of many entities across the continent. Chat Ndege had the pleasure of having a one-on-one with him on the state of aviation in the Southern African region. Read the full interview here...

Collaboration is a critical success factor in the airline industry. Airlines have recognised this for a long time hence the existence of facilities such as interline and joint venture agreements. Such agreements have been extended to become code-share and even mergers and acquisitions. The important consideration is that like minded airlines will find each other and they will develop mutually beneficial ways to cooperate and collaborate be it through alliances or joint ventures. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO

 L   Africa-South America air cargo traffic takes off as services resume
January 18, 2024. Keith Mwanalushi for The Loadstar.

Airlines are increasing capacity between Africa and South America via Brazil, indicating a resurgence in demand for connectivity between the two regions. 
    Seen through a Southern African air transport industry lens, Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, thinks BRICS is yet to fully manifest significant increases in connectivity between and among its member states. 
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Southern Africa and Brazil have deep and long-standing ties, underpinned by South Africa and Angola’s bilateral air service agreements with Brazil. Individual BRICS member states are at different levels of implementation and realisation of mutual objectives. Most do not regard their affiliation with the group in a binary sense, but embrace BRICS as an additional grouping, not to the exclusion of others. The aviation industry subscribes to this philosophy and sets out to connect people, communities, businesses and markets wherever opportunities arise. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO

 L   ACSA publishes new tariff's effective 1 April 2024
January 2, 2024. SA Government Gazette / Department of Transport / ACSA

The South African Department of Transport has issued amendments to the Airports Company Act (44/1993) with the publication of new airport charges: GG 49969. AASA Airline Members are advised to familiarise themselves with the ACSA Passenger Service Charges effective 1 April 2024Read more...

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 L   From the Winelands to the world: Cape Winelands Airport's R7bn upgrade underway
December 6, 2023. Africa Melane of 702 interviews Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO.


The R7bn construction of Cape Town's second airport is well underway. According to their website, its "strategic importance transcends tourism, aligning with Cape Town’s thriving business landscape. The core goal is to establish a cohesive link with Cape Town, fostering a partnership that mutually benefits both the city and the airport." Read more...

 L   Travel light and arrive early at the airport, advises ACSA
December 3, 2023. Wendy Jasson Da Costa for IOL.

As airports brace for the expected holiday season rush, the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is tightening its grip on hand baggage regulations, aligning them with aviation safety and compliance standards. 
    Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, says safety is at the heart of the issue: “The hand baggage regulations aim to identify overweight luggage that could pose risks to both aircraft and passengers. We strongly encourage compliance with these regulations, as failure to adhere will necessitate redirecting passengers to check-in counters for luggage check-in. Hand luggage weight checks will be conducted at security points before passengers access the boarding gates.” Read more...

 L   Closed markets, high costs hurting Africa airlines more
November 27, 2023. Michael Wakabi for The East African.

A rare tongue-lashing to Nigeria over its ballooning debt to airlines and high operating costs almost overshadowed the opening session of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) 55th AGM that was hosted by Uganda Airlines in Kampala this week. But industry leaders soon got back to business exploring the opportunities of a growing market and mulling the obstacles that need to be removed before African air transport achieves its full potential. 
    Aaron Munetsi, CEO of the Airline Association of Southern Africa (AASA), 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. Indeed, telephone traffic between Kenya and Rwanda increased 900 times in a single year, after the two countries unified calling rates in 2010. Read more...

 L   IATA: Namibia clean as a whistle
November 24, 2023. Windhoek Observer.

Aaron Munetsi, CEO of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA), said the aviation industry has been facing a raging fire of challenges, such as operating costs, which in some cases account for as much as 40% of an airline’s costs. He noted some airlines are faced with a critical shortage of spare parts for their aircraft, and this shortage has resulted in some airlines forced to ground aircrafts as safety is non-negotiable. Read more...

 L   AFRAA AGM: Liberalised market via SAATM is a slow process
November 20, 2023. Times Aerospace News.

Uganda. Hosted on the shores of Lake Victoria by national carrier Uganda Airlines, the principle of the Single African Air Traffic Market (SAATM) received strong support from all sides at the AFRAA 55th AGM but has been hampered by protectionism and fears about a more competitive market.
    “If we were to create a scorecard for ourselves, I don’t think [as] students we will be proud to take the scorecard back home,” said Aaron Munetsi, CEO of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA), speaking during the AGM and referring to Africa’s record to-date on bringing in air transport liberalisation via SAATM. He described the progress since 2018 of 37 countries signing up to SAATM as “good progress but not good enough”, especially considering that only 18 of them have “fully submitted” to it. “We cannot predict a dismal performance to the generation that is coming after us,” said Munetsi. Read more...

 L   African Air Transport: Keyamo calls for speedy Implementation of Yamoussoukro Decision
November 15, 2023. This Day News.

Abuja, Nigeria. The Nigerian Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr. Festus Keyamo, stressed the need to speed up full implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD), with regard to the liberalisation of access to air transport markets in Africa. This, Keyamo said, cannot be over-emphasised as it was crucial to the achievement of the long-term vision of the African Union (AU).  
    The Minister, while welcoming the various countries Ministers, Chairperson of the AU Commission, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, President, Africa Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), and the Secretary General of AFCAC, to 24th Anniversary of the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD) Day Event under the theme, “Africa Wants to Fly” noted that: “Africa is the continent with the largest number of developing countries and Air Transport is an essential component of the global transportation system and a strategic driver of economic growth and development.” Read more...

On the YD anniversary we must reflect on the opportunities lost since its signature in 1988 and those that lie ahead. Execution of the commitment is our Achilles heel. It is a dismal failure caused by a lack of political will. If we want to realise the benefits of a better connected and closely integrated Africa, we must implement the initiatives and agreements in place. When AFCAC convenes us to mark this occasion next year, instead of talking about what needs to be done, I want us to commit to each other that we will meet to review the outcomes our respective actions in executing SAATM. AFCAC’s scorecard is a great starting point. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO

 L   [WATCH CNBC Africa Interview AASA CEO] Airlines body roots for faster implementation of SAATM
November 102023. Southern Africa's TravelNews.


Proper implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market is set to unlock huge economic opportunities for airlines across Africa. CNBC Africa spoke to Aaron Munetsi, Chief Executive Officer, Airlines Association of Southern Africa for more. Read more...

 L   A warm AASA welcome to our new Associate Member: DPO Pay  
October 12
, 2023. AASA News.

AASA is pleased to announce that DPO Pay has joined as an Associate Member as of 12 October 2023. DPO Pay makes it easy to accept payments online - allowing shoppers to make online card payments from their eCommerce website. DPO Pay accepts all major card types including, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club. The company offers a global reach, multi-currency payments (dynamic currency conversions), and superior fraud engines. Services also include online store/e-commerce website development (scalable plug-and-play solutions). Read more about the Benefits of AASA Membership...

 L   AASA calls for visa-free travel in Africa
October 112023. Southern Africa's TravelNews.

Challenges including inadequate infrastructure, unclear policies, inconsistent regulations, rising aviation taxes and other statutory charges are exacerbating poor intra-African connectivity, cautioned Airlines Association of Southern Africa’s (AASA) CEO Aaron Munetsi. He called for visa-free travel on the continent. The AASA AGM, held in Luanda, Angola, from October 5 to 8, called on regional governments to open access to their markets and allow for more routes and flights where regulatory restrictions were blocking growth. Read more...

 L   Regional airlines turbulent on economic growth
October 92023. NewERA.

Poor intra-Africa airline connectivity, inadequate infrastructure and unclear policies, inconsistent regulations and rising aviation taxes and other statutory charges are preventing African economies from reaching their full potential.  
    This warning was issued by the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA).  
    The trade body, which held its annual general assembly in Luanda, Angola, last week, called on regional governments to open access to their markets and allow more routes and more flights where regulatory impediments were blocking growth. Read more...

 L   Time to address ‘embarrassingly low’ intra-African air connectivity, airline body chief says
October 82023. NewERA.

Poor intra-Africa airline connectivity, inadequate infrastructure and unclear policies, inconsistent regulations and rising aviation taxes and other statutory charges are preventing African economies from reaching their full potential. This warning was issued by the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA). 
    The trade body, which held its annual general assembly in Luanda, Angola, last week, called on regional governments to open access to their markets and allow more routes and more flights where regulatory impediments were blocking growth. Read more...

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AASA’s 2023-24 Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson elected
October 72023. 

The incoming Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of AASA were elected at the body’s 53rd Annual General Meeting and will serve for the next 12 months.
João Pó Jorge has been re-elected as AASA’s Chairperson. He is the Director-General of LAM Mozambique Airlines, with Interim CEO of South African Airways, Prof. John Lamola, chosen as the Deputy Chair. Download the full news release.

National, regional, and geopolitical shifts and uncertainties, macro-economic headwinds – driven by rising energy costs, weakened local currencies, inflation, and unemployment – together with changed market dynamics and customer behaviour, have forced Southern Africa’s airlines to become more agile, cost-efficient and innovative to satisfy their customer’s needs. João and John will provide guidance and support to AASA as we continue engaging governments and their agencies to ensure that policy, regulations, and standards promote competitive, affordable, economically and environmentally sustainable, secure, and safe air transport with comprehensive intra-African connectivity. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO

Above (L to R): João Pó Jorge (LAM Mozambique Airlines, Director-General), AASA Chairperson; Aaron Munetsi AASA CEO; and Prof. John Lamola (SAA, Interim CEO), AASA Deputy Chairperson. 

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  L  Aerospace Composites Global Market Report 2024-2034
November 16, 2023. Research & Markets.

Development of novel composite materials with enhanced properties presents market opportunities

In the rapidly evolving aerospace industry, an urgency to decrease aircraft weight and environmental impact has thrust the global aerospace composites market to the forefront of technological advancement. Composite materials, deceptively light compared to traditional metals, are paving the way for more efficient air travel. With the potential to reduce aircraft weight significantly, this shift towards lighter materials is revolutionizing the fuel efficiency landscape; an example is the extensive utilization of carbon-fiber composites in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, making it 20% more fuel-efficient than predecessors. Read more...

  L  Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: October 2023 update
October 9, 2023. Lewis Harper for FlightGlobal News.

FlightGlobal offers an examination of the latest global data for several key airline market indicators, including traffic and capacity in passenger and cargo markets, in-service and stored fleets, jet fuel costs, and share price trends for the world’s largest groups. Read more...

  L  WEF 2023 Insight Report - AfCFTA: A New Era for Global Business and Investment in Africa
January 30, 2023. WEF Publication.

The African Continental Free Trade Area (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. Download the report...

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  L  Visa openness improves between African countries 
January 26, 2024. Tourism Update.

Africa is making strides in its visa openness policies which the African Development Bank (AfDB) says bodes well for cross-border travel, ease of movement, and trade in 2024 and beyond. The Africa Visa Openness Index 2023, published this week by the AfDB, reveals progress since the 7th edition of the report was published in December 2022. Read more...

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  L  Fastest growing economies in 2024? It's all about Africa 
November 28, 2023. Cem Perdar for The New Times.

According to the World Bank predictions the African countries are expected to grow the most in 2024

As we approach the end of 2023, statistics for 2024 are being shared on many economic platforms. In many global markets, where significant ups and downs were experienced in 2020, the fact that big economies also have big problems was once again displayed before our eyes. In addition, we also face the fact that medium and low-sized economies, which are among many developing countries, will make significant moves and start 2024 with serious growth expectations. Read more... 

  L  African airline funds trapped in some countries 
November 24, 2023. Southern Africa's Freight News.

Vital unrepatriated funds from a number of African countries, amounting to $1.68 billion, are currently trapped in Africa which is hampering the development of the aviation sector on the continent, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
    Speaking at the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) 55th Annual General Meeting in Entebbe, Uganda, IATA’s regional vice president of Africa and Middle East, Kamil Al Alwadi, said the trapped funds had hit $1.68bn at the end of September. Read more...

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  L  Proflight Zambia and Air Tanzania forge seamless travel experience with Interline Agreement 

February 5, 2024. Airspace Africa.

Proflight Zambia, Zambia’s leading commercial airline, has unveiled an exciting development in its quest to enhance passenger connectivity and travel options. The airline has officially entered into an interline ticketing agreement with Air Tanzania, a strategic move aimed at providing passengers with access to new destinations and a seamlessly integrated travel experience within the region. Read more....

  L  How airlines support a worldwide humanitarian Crisis Relief Mission 

February 1, 2024. Aviation Week.

Airlink and its industry partners provide a vital lifeline connecting relief workers and humanitarian aid with people in need.

People’s memories can be short. Just four years ago, airlines worldwide were conducting emergency repatriation flights to get people home after they were stranded by the COVID crisis. Airlines then facilitated the transport of vital medical equipment and staff to where they were desperately needed. Read more....

  L  CEO Interview: South African Airways’ John Lamola 

January 29, 2024. Kurt Hoffman for Aviation Week.

South African Airways (SAA) aims to rebuild its fleet to at least 21 aircraft by 2025. SAA interim CEO John Lamola expresses confidence in the airlines' five-year recovery plan. Read more...

  L  LIFT awarded ‘Best New Airline Brand’ by Global Brands Magazine 

January 16, 2024. Lorne Philpot for The South African.

Domestic airline LIFT has been awarded as ‘Best New Airline Brand, South Africa’ 2023 from Global Brands Magazine (GBM). The global accolade recognises LIFT’s commitment to excellence and innovation in the aviation industry. Read more...

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  L  December 2023 Air Passenger Market Analysis
Published January 31, 2024. IATA Economic Reports.

Strong passenger recovery continues           
Annual recovery for African airlines at 38.7% YoY 

In December, all major trade lanes reported positive YoY growth, reflecting strong momentum. Reviewing 2023, the Africa-Asia market demonstrated the most notable growth, exceeded that of the previous year by double digits on average. This market achieved positive YoY growth for the majority of the year, including a significant 37% increase in February following China's reopening. Read more...  

  L  December 2023 Air Freight Market Analysis 
Published January 31, 2024. IATA Economic Reports.

Air cargo records 10,8% increase YoY   
African airline capacity up 3.9% MoM and 14% YoY

African airlines saw their air cargo volumes increase by 3.9% in November 2023, slightly improved compared to October’s +2.9% growth performance. Capacity was 14.0% above November 2022 levels. The Africa–Asia trade lane market saw the greatest annual growth of 13%, although slightly decelerated compared to the previous month. Read more...

  L  November 2023 Air Passenger Market Analysis
Published January 10, 2024. IATA Economic Reports.

Air traffic closer to pre-COVID levels           
Africa's passenger traffic at 96.4% of 2019 levels 

African airlines had a 22.1% rise in November RPKs versus a year ago. November 2023 capacity was up 29.6% and load factor fell 4.3 percentage points to 69.7%, the lowest among regions. In Africa, passenger traffic reached 96.4% of November 2019 / pre-pandemic levels, a significant milestone in the region’s aviation industry recovery. Read more...  

  L  November 2023 Air Freight Market Analysis 
Published January 9, 2024. IATA Economic Reports.

Impressive air cargo demand   
African airline capacity up 3.9% MoM and 14% YoY

African airlines saw their air cargo volumes increase by 3.9% in November 2023, slightly improved compared to October’s +2.9% growth performance. Capacity was 14.0% above November 2022 levels. The Africa–Asia trade lane market saw the greatest annual growth of 13%, although slightly decelerated compared to the previous month. Read more...


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  L ICAO Conference delivers strong global framework to implement a clean energy transition for international aviation
November 24, 2023. ICAO News

During the 3rd ICAO Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF/3), held in Dubai from 20 to 24 November 2023, the international aviation sector has taken a leap to accelerate its decarbonization. By the adoption of a new ICAO Global Framework for SAF, LCAF and other aviation cleaner energies, ICAO and its Member States have agreed to strive to achieve a collective global aspirational vision to reduce CO2 emissions in international aviation by 5% by 2030, compared to zero cleaner energy use. Read more...

  L Sustainability projects high on agenda as ACSA aims for carbon neutrality by 2050
October 30, 2023. BizCommunity.com

Over the past few decades, environmental custodianship has become integral to running a sustainable business. It is no longer acceptable for organisations to knowingly impact the environment, without mitigation or rehabilitation.
   Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has deployed an Environmental Management System (EMS) at each airport within its network. The EMS is based on the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard, an International best practice tool. Read more...

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  L   ICAO: Over 500 new air service agreements signed 
January 29, 2024. ICAO News

Montréal. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is announcing today that 521 new international air service agreements have resulted from its most recent Air Services Negotiation (ICAN) event, which was attended by over 700 participants representing 97 countries.
    These represent record-breaking outcomes for this edition of the annual meeting, which was generously hosted by the General Authority of Civil Aviation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
    In recognition of aviation’s crucial role as a catalyst for sustainable development worldwide, the ICAN series was launched in 2008 to facilitate the initiation or renegotiation of the bilateral and multilateral State agreements that form the regulatory foundation of the modern civil aviation network.
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