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- October 2, SA braces for airline seat shortages over festive season
- September 30, AASA warns of Disruptions and Cancellations Amid Jet fuel crisis at Cape Town airport
- September 28, South African jet fuel shortages could lead to cancelled flights and missed schedules
- September 28, Cape Town flights to face delays and cancellation due to low jet fuel
- September 28, [SAfm RADIO: Interview] AASA takes note with grave concern of the imposition of jet fuel rations at Cape Town International Airport
- September 27, Aviation body warns of flight disruptions amid fuel crunch at Cape Town airport
- September 27, Cape Town Airport Reportedly Hit By Jet Fuel Shortage
- September 23. [PODCAST: Interview] Airlines Association of Southern Africa gears up for 52nd AGA
- September 19, AASA CEO calls for governments to 'allow all African airlines to operate without restriction'
- September 19, AASA focusing on 'developing a talent pipeline': CEO
- September 16. Industry perseveres despite turbulent period
- September 8, [PODCAST: AviaDev Insight] A look back on Aaron Munetsi’s first year at AASA and a sneak preview of the upcoming AASA AGA
- August 16. Tackling ESG: The new big deal in boardrooms
- August 12. [RADIO INTERVIEW: PowerFM 98.7] Airlines paying 75% more for jet fuel, negatively impacting domestic and global tourism and aviation sectors
- August 8. Big increases in overseas flight prices to SA loom as EU, UK green taxes expand
- August 6. SA aviation sector pays higher charges and faces more stringent regulations than sister countries
- July 18. How will Africa increase air cargo market share as recovery gears up?
- July 14. AASA CEO expecting more partnerships between African airlines
- July 14. AASA CEO: Cost of launching international services a major challenge for African airlines
- July 12. South Africa's DFFE releases final promulgation of Aviation Tariffs for 2022/23 - 2024/25
- July 12. Watchdog looks to tackle sky-high airline ticket prices
- July 4. South Africa's Department of Home Affairs release revised Advance Passenger Processing (APP) Guide for Airlines (Version 13) effective June 2022
- July 1. Air Transport News (ATN) interviews AASA's CEO, Aaron Munetsi
- June 23. You can now fly around SA without a mask – and airlines expect that will make some uncomfortable
- June 23. South Africa ready to host events again, after remaining Covid-19 regulations scrapped
- June 22. SA tourism and hospitality welcome 'long overdue' move to scrap Covid-19 regulations
- June 22. IT’S OFFICIAL: Face masks are gone, border checks and gatherings ban dropped in SA
- June 17. Southern African airlines in Catch-22 as costs rise amid fragile demand
- June 10. AASA attending AviaDev Africa 2022: 29 June to 1 July in Cape Town
- June 9. Ticket prices expected to soar as SA loses 40% airline capacity
- June 7. AASA CEO to participate in the African Aviation Summit - Air Finance Africa - 8 to 10 June - Johannesburg
- June 6. [INTERVIEW] Professionalism and access to contacts are essential to overcoming aviation challenges – Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO
- June 5. Unfair to penalise airlines for not providing cheap tickets, says aviation body
- June 3. Comair suspension: Airlines Association says members not deliberately hiking prices
- June 2. AASA CEO to participate in the African Aviation 2022 Conference - MRO Africa - 13 to 15 June - Johannesburg
- May 26. AASA warmly welcomes new Associate Members: Astron Energy, Cape Winelands Airport and Hitit
- May 23. ACSA reports high passenger network recovery across all airports
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- May 9. Emergency measures put in place to stabilise jet fuel supply at OR Tambo International Airport
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- March 22. Outdoor mask-wearing scrapped, larger crowds permitted under revised restrictions
- March 14. AASA welcomes appointment of South Africa’s new air services
- March 11. South Africa appoints new air services licensing councils after 12 months of inactivity
- March 10. SA has air services councils again after 12-month delay
- March 10. South African airlines welcome re-establishment of country’s essential air services councils
- March 10. SA has eventually got new air services councils – and now needs to clear a 12-month backlog
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- February 2. 2022. ‘Covid restrictions cause more harm than good’
- February 1. 2022. New IATA research shows EU travel restrictions had little impact on Omicron spread
- 31. 2022. The UAE has reopened to travel from South Africa – but Etihad will only resume flights in March
September 28, 2022. Engineering News.
The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has raised concern about the imposition of jet fuel rations at the Cape Town International Airport.
AASA says the restrictions will likely result in disruptions to airline schedules and possibly lead to cancelled flights, at a time when the industry and the economy can ill afford it.
While the AASA appreciates the efforts being made by Airports Company South Africa to manage fuel stocks at the airport, the escalation of jet fuel rations throws into sharp focus South Africa’s vulnerability, owing to its reliance on imported jet fuel, the association states.
AASA has called on government and fuel suppliers to move with urgency to put in place a more robust resilience plan to ensure sufficient stocks of aviation fuel.
September 23, 2022. Kojo Bentum-Williams for VoyagesAfriq.
The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) is set to hold its 52nd Annual General Assembly this year in Cape Town (Kleinmond), South Africa from 13-16 October 2022.
September 16, 2022. Cameron Mackay Engineering News.
As of mid-August, combined domestic and international passenger traffic to, from and within Southern Africa has recovered to about 64% of August 2019 levels, says industry body Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) CEO Aaron Munetsi.
Munetsi emphasises that air transport is the prime enabler and catalyst for stimulating intra-African trade, commerce and tourism.
We still see high population growth and accelerating urbanisation in Africa. Governments need to create an enabling environment that stimulates economic activity if this is to be sustainable. Air transport will fulfil its potential only when governments allow all African airlines to operate without restrictions on existing and new intra-African routes. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO
September 8, 2022.
Jon Howell, Founder & MD of AviaDev, interviews Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO and Tatum Kok, AASA's Aviation Analyst. They take a look back at Aaron's first year as CEO, and provide a sneak preview of the upcoming AASA AGA being held from 13 to 16 October at the Arabella Hotel, Golf & Spa.
August 16, 2022. Paul Murungi for Monitor.
Global pressure is leading the aviation industry to transition to green energy, as well as encouraging companies to adhere to the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) agenda.
August 12, 2022.
August 8, 2022. Carin Smith for Fin24.com.
South African flight prices to Europe, the UK - and eventually the rest of the world - could climb by up to thousands of rands unless something is done to counteract the effects of various emissions taxes, an expert has warned.
August 6, 2022. Narissa Subramoney for Citizen.co.za.
July 18, 2022. Africa Logistics Upate.
July 12, 2022. BizCommunity.com
July 12, 2022. SA Government Notices.
July 12, 2022. BusinessDay News.
July 4, 2022. SA Department of Home Affairs News.
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
July 1, 2022. Air Transport News (ATN).
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 others. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEOL IT’S OFFICIAL: Face masks are gone, border checks and gatherings ban dropped in SA
June 22, 2022. Business Insider News.
June 17, 2022. Engineering News.
Since the end of 2019 (the last pre- pandemic year), two of the region’s operators, Air Namibia and SA Express, have gone into liquidation. Four have undergone, or are still undergoing, business rescue (the local counterpart to Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US): Air Mauritius, Comair, South African Airways (SAA) and Mango (the low-cost carrier subsidiary of SAA). Currently, State-owned Mango is not operating and the joint business rescue practitioner at Comair (operator of British Airways in South Africa and Kulula brands) has given notice to affected persons indicating that they “no longer believe that there is a reasonable prospect that the company can be rescued.”
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 AASA attending AviaDev Africa 2022: 29 June to 1 July in Cape Town
June 10, 2022. AASA News.
AviaDev Africa brings together the key players in the African aviation community to forge new collaborations and partnerships to ensure that Africa remains connected regionally and internationally.
AviaDev Africa 2022 conference at the Century City Convention Centre in Cape Town from 29 June to 1 July.
L Unfair to penalise airlines for not providing cheap tickets, says aviation body
June 5, 2022. Bekezela Phakathi for Business Day.
A local aviation industry body (AASA), which represents all big carriers in SA and the region, says it would be unreasonable and unfair for the competition authority to penalise airlines for failing to provide cheap tickets.
The rules of supply and demand, as well as the checks and balances to promote fair competition apply to all SA airlines, just as they do to any other local business. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO
March 22, 2022.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has revised South Africa’s restrictions under alert level 1, which calls for the end of outdoor mask-wearing and will allow for larger gatherings.
In his address to the nation on Tuesday evening, Ramaphosa said due to the changing nature of the pandemic the government would lift the National State of Disaster and replace it with new health regulations.
March 11, 2022. Radio 702 / Afternoon Drive with John Perlman
L AASA PRESS RELEASE
AASA welcomes appointment of South Africa's new Air Services Councils
Councils are crucial for South Africa's air transport sector and the country's economic development
March 10, 2022. Johannesburg. The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) welcomes the appointment of South Africa’s new air services councils and calls on them to move swiftly to clear the 12 months backlog of licence applications and enable South Africa’s airlines to better connect the country with its markets.
AASA, which represents most of the airlines in the Southern African Development Community, has been working behind the scenes to encourage South Africa’s government to expedite the appointment of the new councils, both of which had become defunct in April 2021 when the terms of the previous councillors ended.
While we congratulate Cabinet on confirming the appointments of the new councillors, there is much work to be done and no time to rest. The absence of functioning councils for almost a year held back South Africa’s airlines and prevented them from providing the economic and social benefits that air connectivity provides by facilitating trade, tourism and travel. The councils’ resumption will be a great relief for South Africa’s travel and tourism sector as it seeks to rebuild following the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions.
Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO
Under South African legislation, the International Air Services Council and its domestic counterpart, the Air Services Licencing Council, are required to consider applications and award or withdraw licences granted to South African-based airlines and operators of other commercial aviation services. Download this full news release [pdf]...
L February 10, 2022. Luke Daniel for Business Insider SA.
As international travel bans ease and the aviation sector focuses on recovering grievous losses incurred during the coronavirus pandemic, South African airlines are looking to spread their wings. But acquiring new regional and international routes has effectively been suspended since March 2021.
This impasse arises from the disbanding of the IASLC, which is the authority responsible for awarding or revoking traffic rights to airlines based in South Africa. Members of the IASLC, appointed by the department of transport, serve for a three-year term. Read more...
We are very disappointed in the fact that it has taken so long [to establish the IASLC] and, more importantly, for the country this is an unnecessary and uncalled for own-goal that we scored against ourselves. The non-availability of the council means that jobs that are so badly needed in this country cannot be created. By not having the opportunity to increase [international routes] that brings more tourists, we're restricting job creation. We're also strengthening other economies that we’re competing against. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO
Reforms in policy and legislation are gradually opening Africa’s airspace to increased commercial activity from both local and international aviation players. January 2018 and January 2021 mark significant policy milestones for the African continent following the implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), respectively.
These flagship projects align with the priorities of industrialization and economic enhancement established by the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063. The agenda dubbed “Africa’s blueprint and masterplan to transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future” by the AU.
Aaron Munetsi, CEO of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA), supports how the projects work well in tandem but emphasizes that they must result in enhanced trade among African states as well as an increase in intra-Africa travel. Read more...
African trade will become more attractive and competitive to the extent that there will be an increase in international trade and travel to and from and within Africa,” Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO
L AASA warmly welcomes new Associate Members: Astron Energy, Cape Winelands Airport and Hitit
May 26, 2022. AASA News.
L ACSA reports high passenger network recovery across all airports
May 23, 2022. Engineering News.
This year is expected to be a year of steady rebound and renewed activity, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) says. The company highlights figures published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which show that 2020 was the worst year on record for the aviation industry.
In 2020, 1.8-billion passengers flew, a decrease of 60.2% compared with the 4.5-billion who flew in 2019. Industry-wide air travel demand dropped by 65.9% year-on-year. However, ACSA now reports that its network recorded a 48% recovery in passenger throughput when compared with the similar period in the year leading to Covid-19 crisis, for the financial year ending March. Read more...
Supplies of jet fuel to the airport, one of the busiest in Africa, have been curtailed in recent weeks due to flood damage to railway lines in KwaZulu-Natal which interrupted transport. The shortage of jet fuel has disrupted the schedules of airlines, especially international carriers, forcing them into refuelling detours and potentially increasing their costs.
Aaron Munetsi, CEO of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa, which represents all big carriers in SA and the region, said while the fuel situation at OR Tambo remains critical, there are signs of improvement. The association “is in daily contact with Acsa and Sapia. The latest report [from May 6] indicates the airport has 6.4 days worth of fuel stock at current demand levels and should not present a problem for fuel suppliers to the airlines,” Munetsi said. Read more...
The Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) welcomed the May 4 announcement that families with children between the ages of five and 12 years no longer need to provide a negative PCR test when returning to South Africa.
April 22, 2022.
April 4, 2022.
South Africa’s national state of disaster, in place for more than two years in response to COVID-19, will end from midnight local time on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.
The national state of disaster has been the government’s main mechanism for managing the pandemic. Removing it will do away with the vast majority of remaining COVID-19 restrictions, aside from a few that will remain in place on a transitional basis, Ramaphosa said.
March 1, 2022. Tourism Update Online
The Airlines Association of Southern Africa’s (AASA) CEO, Aaron Munetsi, talks about some of the worst challenges facing airlines around the world.
One thing airlines need is for COVID protocols to be standardised. Another is for governments to do their bit. AASA believes that there will be more opportunities for South African carriers when the country’s council for international air services and the domestic Air Services Licensing Council are finally reconstituted after a year of waiting.
February 14, 2022. Business Day TV
February 3, 2022. CNBC Africa News.
In the view of the two airlines, the newly signed partnership framework aligns well with the aims of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) of deepening the economic integration and prosperity of the continent.
ACSA and ATNS.
ACSA and ATNS have published tariff increases, effective 1 April 2022. The tariff increases are published in the Government Gazette 45703 (ACSA) notice 745 of 2021, and 45690 notice 740 of 2021 (ATNS) respectively. The increase in charges are in line with the Regulating Committee’s Permission determination. Arrangements have been made with SAA to file the amended ACSA Passenger Service Charge (ZA ticket charge/tax) with IATA for sales on flights, effective 1 April 2022.