News & Industry Affairs

 AASA news

  • Operations  
    AASA will become involved in operational matters impacting member airlines and work closely with the Air Operator’s Committee, and other stakeholders to assist in arriving at mutually beneficially solutions.  This includes aspects related to Safety and Security, provision of services on behalf of Airlines through Aviation Coordination Services (ACS) and general operational matters. Read more... 

  • AASA takes a stand against child trafficking  
    On 17 April 2015, AASA proudly signed a pledge to support the Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).  This is an international industry driven initiative with a mission to provider awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry to prevent CSEC and to combat CSEC in the sector. The Local Code Representative for South Africa is Fair Trade in Tourism (FTT) and AASA signed the pledge of support with FTT. Through this, AASA will continue to raise its voice against Child Trafficking, and will encourage its members to support this critical and worthwhile cause. Read more... 

AASA policies & regulations 

  • 2015 Policies & Regulations update  

    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 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...

IATA news 

  • March - April 2017 IATA Airlines Financial Monitor  

    Airlines Financial Monitor

    Key Points

    • 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-Pac 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.
    • Brent crude oil prices fell sharply in mid-April, and dropped below US$50/bbl in early-May for the first time since the end of November. Forward markets still expect oil prices to rise only gradually over the next 2-3 years.
    • Passenger yields remain well below their level a year ago, but there are ongoing signs that the long-standing downward trend in the seasonally adjusted series may be bottoming out.
    • Passenger and freight demand growth has made a strong start to 2017. The passenger load factor remains steady close to a record high level, while the freight load factor has recovered back to levels last seen in early-2015.
    • Premium airfares continue to hold up better than those of the economy cabin, supporting airline finances. Download the full document here.

  • 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.) 

    Nonetheless, the March data completed a robust first quarter of 2017 for passenger demand growth: industry-wide RPKs were 7.0% higher than in the same period a year ago, and around 8.1% higher adjusting for the leap year effect. This is well ahead of the long-run average RPK growth rate of around 5.5%. Download the full document here.

  • 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. (See Chart 1.) 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. Download the full document here.

  • February 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis  
    Leap year effects distort headline data, but a robust start to 2017

    2016 leap year is affecting annual comparisons 
    Year-on-year growth in global revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) fell to 4.8% in February from January’s five-year high (8.9%). However, the data are distorted by the fact that 2016 was a leap year. Adjusting for the one fewer day in February this year, we estimate that the ‘underlying’ RPK growth rate was closer to 8.6% – not far off January’s pace.

    The extra day in 2016 is also distorting data for January and February combined, albeit to a lesser extent. Industry-wide RPKs have grown by 7.0% in annual terms so far this year to date, but by 8.8% allowing for the leap year effect – well above the longrun average of around 5.5%. Download the full document here.

  • January 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis  
    Annual RPK growth accelerates to a 5-year high at the start of 2017

    A strong start to 2017 for passenger traffic 
    Annual growth in industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) accelerated to 9.6% in January – its fastest pace since April 2011 and the strongest start to the year since 2005. The Middle East and Asia Pacific regions both posted double-digit annual growth rates, while North American airlines were the laggard for the fourth consecutive month (3.4%). Download the full document here.

  • January 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis  
    Air freight looks to have carried momentum into the New Year

    A solid start to the year for air freight
    The 6.9% annual increase in global FTKs in January marked an easing from December’s double-digit pace, but it was still well ahead of the five-year average rate (3.0%). As in recent months, Asia Pacific and European airlines accounted for the majority of the annual change in industry-wide FTKs, alongside solid contributions from North American and Middle Eastern carriers. African airlines also made a modest contribution to the total change, but Latin American carriers were a drag on annual growth for the 23rd time in 25 months. Download the full document here.
  • 2016 IATA Resolution Carbon Emmissions  
    72nd IATA Annual General Meeting

    Resolutions on the developmentof a global market-based measure for international aviation
    Resolution 1. Endorses the continuing efforts of its member airlines and other industry stakeholders to develop and implement efficiency and emissions reduction measures to address CO2 emissions from aviation as part of broader ambitions within the global community to address climate change and to safeguard sustainable development.

    Resolution 2. Urges governments to adopt at the 39th ICAO Assembly a mandatory and global carbon offset mechanism to address CO2 emissions from international aviation in a cost-effective manner, which can be implemented from 2020 and which is consistent with the recommended design elements as set out in Appendix I to this Resolution.

    Resolution 3. Calls upon governments to work constructively with industry to support the continued growth of a safe, orderly and efficient global air transport system through the consistent and coordinated implementation of the uniform global mechanism, which should obviate the need for existing and new economic measures to be applied to emissions from international aviation on a regional or national basis. Download the full document here. 

Environment news

  • Aviation industry's Greenhouse Gas Emissions responsibility  
    Aviation is considered to be responsible globally for approximately 2% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE). The airline industry acknowledges that it must play its role in reducing GHGE. IATA has published a set of targets which have been accepted by airlines worldwide, namely:
    • To reduce GHGE by 1.5% per annum from 2010 to 2020.
    • Carbon neutral growth from 2020.
    • To reduce GHGE by 50% by 2050 based on 2005 levels. Read more...
  • NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution
    March 15, 2017. NASA. Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and Earth’s environment. The findings are the result of a cooperative international research program led by NASA and involving agencies from Germany and Canada, and are detailed in a study published in the journal Nature. Read the full article here.

  • Reduce Fuel Burn With a Dose of BLI
    March 10, 2017. NASA. It sounds like a cause of heart burn. Instead, Boundary Layer Ingestion (BLI) – is a promising idea NASA researchers are studying to reduce fuel burn in jet engines, thus reducing emissions and the cost of operating the aircraft. At its simplest: With BLI, an airplane’s engines are located near the rear of the aircraft so that air flowing over the aircraft body becomes part of the mix of air going into the engine and is then accelerated out the back. Read the full article here.

  • IATA Environmental Policy: Combating the illegal trade of wildlife 
    Transnational criminal gangs are exploiting the increasingly interconnected air transport system to traffic illegal flora and fauna. Aviation is committed to playing its part in stopping this illegal trade in wildlife, worth at least $19 billion annually. Although the duty for capturing and prosecuting these criminals rests with national enforcement authorities, airline staff can provide an important source of additional intelligence. IATA is working with the aviation industry to support the work of enforcement agencies in combating the illegal trade in wildlife.​​​​ Read the full article here.

Travel news

  • Tourism update  
    AASA is a member of the 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...

  • 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...