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  • ERA hosts 2019 global Heads of Airline Associations
    January 25, 2019. AASA news. Brussels, Belgium. At a meeting held on 24 January 2019 and hosted by the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) at Eurocontrol Headquarters in Brussels, airline associations from all over the globe met to exchange information, discuss key issues affecting the aviation industry, and to promote a healthy, safe and growing aviation market. 

    “This event was an important step towards further growing the close relationship between ERA and other key airline associations for the great benefit of the airline industry. This highly-productive meeting has reaffirmed the importance of working closely with our partners and contributes to the valuable strategic work by all associations in representing the global aviation community,” said ERA Director General, Montserrat Barriga.

    AASA's CEO, Chris Zweigethal, attended and presented his thoughts on the industry skills shortage and his views on how the associations can work together to create an action plan to attract, recruit and retain more pilots and technicians. Read more...

  • Restrictive policies impede African airlines
    October 24, 2018. Tessa Reed for Travel News Weekly (TNW). While airlines will report a profit of $33,8bn (R486bn) globally, African airlines overall will lose hundreds of millions for the same period. In Africa, airlines are expected to lose about $100m (R1,44bn) , and in Southern Africa the projected loss is even more at $300m (R4,32bn). AASA CEO, Chris Zweigenthal, shared these sombre projections by IATA in his opening address at this year’s AASA AGA. He emphasised that tourism and trade, both reliant on aviation, were powerful growth levers, but said these were being stunted by uncertainties. “As one of the most capital intensive sectors and a vital enabler of economic activity, the airline industry needs Southern African governments to clarify their local economic reform policies so they do not spoil the appetite for much needed trade and investment in the region,” he said. This article was first published in TNWDownload the October 24 issue AASA feature on pg 8 & 9
  • How loss-making regional airlines buck the global trend
    October 15, 2018. Neels Blom for Business Day. Livingstone, Zambia — The aviation industry in Southern Africa is expected to report a collective $300m loss during 2018, while the industry in the rest of the world is likely to return a $33.8bn profit over the same period, AASA said on Friday. Demand for air transport in Southern Africa is expected to increase slowly by 2% to 3% a year over the next five years, reflecting weak GDP performances in the region, according to AASA projections.  AASA CEO Chris Zweigenthal told delegates to the association’s annual general assembly that the airline industry needs Southern African governments to clarify their local economic reform policies “so they do not spoil the appetite for much-needed trade and investment in the region”. This article was first published in Business Day.


  • Airlines call on SADC governments to remove blockages slowing economic growth
    October 12, 2018. AASA news. Linden Birns, Plane Talking. Airline industry leaders and government officials are meeting to discuss responses to an array of pressures threatening the competitiveness and sustainability of carriers in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. More than 200 delegates are participating in the Airlines Association of Southern Africa’s (AASA) 48th Annual General Assembly, which takes place at a time when global, regional and local political uncertainty, market turbulence and rising costs are taking their toll on trade, tourism and economic development. Read more...


  • SAA to host AASA's 48th AGA: Enabling African Airline Service Excellence
    October 1, 2018. AASA news. South African Airways (SAA) is the host airline for the Airlines Association of Southern Africa’s (AASA) 48th annual general assembly, which will focus on customer service. The assembly, at the AVANI Victoria Falls Resort in Livingstone, Zambia from 11-14 of this month, has attracted around 300 delegates, comprising leading airline industry executives and government policy makers from Southern Africa’s airlines, airports, air navigation services, regulatory bodies as well as aircraft and engine manufacturers, ground handling service providers and associated businesses. Read more...

  • AASA 2017 AGA: African Pilot magazine's December issue cover story 
    December, 2017. African Pilot magazine. Cover story By Athol Franz. AASA held its 47th AGA from 12 to 15 October 2017, at the Wild Coast Sun in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. African Pilot magazine has featured a cover story in its December issue. Read more...


  • AASA sponsors Wonders of Aviation's attendance at 47th Annual General Assembly 
    October 16, 2017. Wonders of Aviation (WOA) news. AASA held its 47th AGA from 12 to 15 October 2017, at the Wild Coast Sun in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. AASA sponsored the attendance of Gift Kgadima, Wonders of Aviation (WOA) Secretary, to the 3-day annual event, and Comair Limited sponsored his flights. Read more...

  • Transformation in SA aviation industry hindered by skills shortage
    October 13, 2017. AASA news. Building Human Capital for African Airlines was the theme at this year's 47th Annual General Assembly, and the challenges such as skills development, training, transformation, the economy, environmental impact and other topical issues affecting airlines and air travel in the SADC region dominated the addresses, debates and panel discussions. "Transformation in the aviation industry is non-negotiable and AASA would like to see its pace increased. A challenge AASA has identified is the scarcity of funding – including at university level – and the absence of a specialist aerospace and air transport education institution in Africa," warned AASA's CEO Chris Zweigenthal. Read more...