News & Industry Affairs

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AASA policies & regulations 


  • 2015 Policies & Regulations update  

    General
    AASA is mandated to represent its Members on all issues related to the development of policy and regulations impacting airline business and operations. AASA is recognised by government, public and private stakeholders as the representative airline association in the states of its Member Airlines. In respect of proposed new policy, legislation and regulations, AASA plays the leading role in coordinating the consultation and provision of feedback, comment and response on these proposals. AASA is represented on statutory forums and Committees where these are constituted to facilitate the consultation process.

    Department of Transport South Africa
    AASA is always consulted by the South African Department of Transport (DoT) on matters of policy formulation relating to Aviation and there is constant interaction between the AASA Executives and the DoT. Read more...

Africa news


IATA news 


  • June 2017 IATA State of the Region: Africa & Middle East
    Economic Performance Outlook: 2017 industry financial forecast update​

    IATA’s latest economic forecast points to 2017 being the third consecutive year where the air transport industry generates a rate of return that exceeds its cost of capital. Net post-tax profits of US$30bn are expected this year, a little below both 2015 and the revised estimate for 2016. Significant regional disparities remain, however, with the operating environment for African and Middle East airlines expected to again prove challenging in 2017. Read more...


  • June 2017 IATA Economic performance of airline industry  
    The Airline Industry Economic Performance takes a broader look at how the industry is adding value for its consume​rs, the wider economy and governments, as well as for its investors. It is released on a bi-annual basis since June 2014 and it substitutes the former Financial Forecast publication. Download the full 2017 document here.

  • May 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis
    Passenger demand growth slows in May, but remains robust

    Slower growth in May, but a robust start to 2017
    Slower growth in May, but a robust start to 2017 Having reached a six-year high of 10.9% in April, year-on- year growth in global RPKs slowed to (a still robust) 7.7% in May. Industry-wide RPKs have now grown by 7.9% year-onyear so far this year compared to the same period in 2016. This is equivalent to annual growth of around 8.6% once you allow for the extra day in 2016 on account of it having been a leap year. Read more...


  • May 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Another strong month, but has the cyclical growth peak passed?
    Year-on-year FTK growth accelerates in May…
    Global FTKs grew by 12.7% year-on-year in May, up from 8.7% in April. This pace is more than three times the five-year average growth rate (3.8%). As has been the case in recent months, airlines registered in Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America accounted for the bulk of the annual increase in freight volumes. Industry-wide FTKs have now grown by 10.2% in annual terms so far this year to date. Allowing for the extra day in February 2016 owing to the leap year, this is equivalent to annual growth of just under 11%. All told, it is the strongest start to the year since the rebound from the global financial crisis (GFC) in 2010. Read more...


  • April 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis  
    April air passenger demand grows at the fastest pace in six years
    Further evidence of a robust start to 2017
    Global revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 10.7% year-on-year in April, up from 6.5% in March and the fastest pace since April 2011. The latest data provide further evidence of a strong start to 2017 for passenger demand growth: industrywide RPKs grew by 7.9% year-on-year so far this year to date compared to the same period in 2016. This is equivalent to growth of around 8.7% adjusting for the extra day in 2016 owing to the leap year, and is well ahead of the long-run average RPK growth rate of around 5.5%.  Read more...


  • April 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis  
    Strong start to 2017, but have we passed the cyclical growth peak?
    Growth eases back in April, but remains robust
    Global FTKs grew by 8.5% year-on-year in April, down from 13.4% in March. Industry-wide FTKs have now grown by 9.3% in annual terms so far this year to date. Adjusting for the extra day in February 2016 owing to the leap year, this is equivalent annual growth of just over 10%. Airlines registered in Asia Pacific and Europe accounted for more than 70% of the annual increase in freight volumes, with North American airlines accounting for much of the rest. Middle Eastern and African airlines contributed positively, but Latin American carriers detracted from annual FTK growth for the 25th time in 27 months.  Read more... 


  • March - April 2017 IATA Airlines Financial Monitor  
    Airlines Financial Monitor
    Key Points include
    Global airline share prices rose by 2.5% in April, partly reflecting expectations that the squeeze on margins will diminish. The monthly increase was driven by European airlines, with modest increases in Asia-Pacific and North America. The initial financial results from Q1 2017 highlight the extent that airline profit margins were squeezed in the opening months of the year by a combination of higher costs and weak yields. Read more... 


  • March 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis  
    A robust first quarter of 2017 for air passenger demand
    A robust first quarter of 2017 for pax growth
    Global revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 6.8% year-on-year in March. This was a moderate slowdown in growth relative to February once you allow for the distortion to the data last month owing to the extra day in February 2016. (We estimate that the ‘underlying’ February RPK year-on-year growth rate was slightly more than 8%, compared to the ‘unadjusted’ 4.9% figure.)  Read more... 


  • March 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis  
    March data complete a strong Q1 for annual FTK growth
    Growth reaches a multi-year high in March…
    Global FTKs grew by 14.0% year-on-year in March – the fastest pace since October 2010. Airlines based in Europe and Asia Pacific accounted for around two-thirds of the annual increase in freight volumes, with the remainder split almost equally between North American and Middle Eastern carriers. The modest positive contribution made by African airlines was the strongest in nearly seven years, but Latin American carriers detracted from annual FTK growth for the thirteenth month in a row. Read more...

Environment news


Travel news


  • Tourism update  
    AASA is a member of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) and holds a Director position on the Board of Directors. TBCSA is the umbrella association representing Travel and Tourism organisations in South Africa. AASA is actively involved in the work of TBCSA. In particular, the current implementation of the new Immigration Regulations promulgated with effect from 26 May 2014 is receiving a great deal of attention from TBCSA. AASA is a member of the sub-committee which is actively working to convince the Department of Home Affairs to postpone the implementation of the Regulations and undertake a full review. Read more...

    • Anti-child trafficking initiative: Code of conduct for the protection of children from sexual exploitation in the travel and tourism industry

      The Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct (“the Code”) is an instrument of self-regulation and corporate social responsibility, which provides increased protection to children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism. The initiative, which started as a project of End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism International (ECPAT) International, has been endorsed by the United Nations-World Tourism Organization (UN-WTO) and many national governments. Read more in Tourism update...


    • Offenders on the move: Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of children in travel and tourism 2016
      Despite 20 years of efforts, the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism (SECTT) has expanded across the globe and out-paced every attempt to respond at the international and national level. The results of the first comprehensive global study on SECTT confirm that no region is untouched by this crime and no country is ‘immune’. In an increasingly interconnected world, more people are on the move and even the most remote parts of the planet are now within reach, thanks to cheaper travel and the spread of the Internet. As a result, the risks of child sexual exploitation are increasing. Read more in Tourism update...
  • South Africa leads aviation safety in Africa
    May 22, 2017. Cape Town. The South African civil aviation industry has been under the spotlight over the last two weeks as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) conducted an audit of the country’s competence in relation to aviation safety oversight systems. Travellers flying across South Africa’s (SA) skies and using one of the 13k+ aircraft on SA's aircraft registery should feel safe and secure. That’s the message, following the release of preliminary results as SA’s performance and improved safety measures have see it rated as the number one safest country in Africa when it comes to aviation. Overall, the 2017 report shows safety and aviation standards in SA have improved by more than 3.43%. Before the audit, South Africa was at position 41 globally in relation to ICAO’s Effective Implementation and at position two in Africa. Read more...
  • Good demand for African airlines continues  
    May 4, 2017. Cape Town. African airlines continued to enjoy good demand, with traffic up 6.0% compared to March 2016, according to a report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA)  on global passenger traffic results for March 2017. Capacity rose 2.4%, and load factor strengthened 2.3 percentage points to 68.2%. Notwithstanding fragility in the region’s biggest economies (Nigeria and South Africa), traffic growth has strengthened in recent months with RPKs growing at an annualised pace of nearly 10% since mid-2016. Read more...