In Southern Africa, AASA leads and coordinates the airline industry position on airport, airspace and civil aviation issues.
AASA is the leading representative airline organisation within southern Africa, working together with leaders of the aviation industry and senior public and government officials on policy, regulatory, planning, operational, safety, security and financial matters affecting the overall profitability of the airlines and their continued sustainability.
The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) was establilshed in 1970 to represent the mutual interests of its Members. Membership is open to all airlines based in countries south of the equator, including the Indian Ocean Islands.
There are currently 15 Airline Members. In addition, Associate Membership is open to airline partner organisations. There are currently 37 Associate Members, including infrastructure service providers, several oil companies, major aircraft manufacturers, engine manufacturers, ground handling companies, service providers, other industry associations and partners.
AASA also leads and coordinates the airline industry position on airport, airspace and civil aviation issues, as well as consumer legislation, environmental and tourism matters, and provides media response to important industry issues.
AASA’s responsibility includes the representation of SADC-based airlines on the SADC Civil Aviation Committee as the Airline Consultative Member.
AASA is also a regular participant and contributor to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) initiatives in the region. With AASA’s focus concentrated on any issue impacting the airline business, the regular liaison and good working relationship with its Members and partners is highly valued.
L AASA News / 2022
- 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. ACSA launches new mobile airport app
- 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. IT’S OFFICIAL: Face masks are gone, border checks and gatherings ban dropped in SA
- June 22. SA tourism and hospitality welcome 'long overdue' move to scrap Covid-19 regulations
- 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 in 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 25.
- May 23. ACSA reports high passenger network recovery across all airports
- May 17.
- May 12.
- May 9. Emergency measures put in place to stabilise jet fuel supply at OR Tambo International Airport
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 for 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.
- How to manage a group of stakeholders that are in constant co-opertition?
- How AASA is engaging airlines from outside the region.
- The recovery of the industry. Are we on track and what more needs to be done to support?
- The state of connectivity in the SADC region and initiatives to open skies, borders and improve collaboration.
- The overall theme of the upcoming Annual General Assembly and what to expect.
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.
- The Airline Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has called for a sustainability strategy for aviation in the region to offset the impact of carbon taxes being imposed or which will likely be imposed in future.
- AASA is busy developing a holistic strategy to counter the threat of resultant higher ticket prices. It includes looking at the use of sustainable jet fuel. An environmental expert anticipates a potentially big impact of such taxes on flights to and from SA as a long haul destination.
Arabella Hotel, Golf & Spa
Cape Town, South Africa
13 to 16 October 2022
About the AGA
Office +27 (0)11 609 0050
Fax 086 511 2332
Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, is a confirmed speaker.
The purpose of the Forum, a first of its kind for Namibia, is to create a platform where key industry players and stakeholders will share, tackle, rethink and put into motion, ideas on the trajectory that the aviation industry and its related ecosystem will take over the next few years.
The Forum will bring to the fore, the discussion around how aviation can play a central role in the attainment of national aspirations such as Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP2), National Development Plans (NDPs) and the national transport policy.
The 2022 Forum will focus on how Namibia can re-emerge from the recent pandemic with a resilient and sustainable aviation industry and pave way for the development of a series of policy and structural reforms.
Who should attend?
The Forum will attract delegates from within Namibia, the region and beyond. Although it is the first of its kind in Namibia, it will be meeting point for the wider SADC community. Attendees will comprise of leaders, administrators, business people, and technical experts in all sectors of the aviation and ancillary industries, who will arrive or contribute from all over the sub-continent. Click here to register for the Forum.
Global News / 2022
The rising price of jet fuel, which recently reached its highest point in well over five years, at almost $103/barrel, has become yet another challenge for the global aviation industry, which is badly hit because of Covid-19.
Fuel is a major cost component of operating an airline, often accounting for 20-30% of operating costs, according to OAG, a UK-based global travel data provider. So, a rise in fuel costs of this scale (70% up on a year ago) means airlines have to reduce costs elsewhere or increase fares, OAG said and noted, “In the current operating environment neither is easy.”
IATA estimates that jet fuel will average $102.2/barrel this year. This, it said will have a $65bn impact on the airline industry’s 2022 fuel bill. Fuel is such a large cost for airlines that it is the focus of intense efforts across the industry to find efficiency improvements. Read more...
L Africa News / 2022
Current aviation market trends and data points suggest that aviation is slowly and steadily getting back to what it was pre-pandemic. Going forward, how will Africa’s air cargo industry deal with the headwinds and tailwinds it is experiencing?
The air cargo industry in Africa benefited from the strong demand for vaccines and other medical and humanitarian supplies needed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic which ravaged the aviation industry from early 2020. To enhance their capacity to meet the unusual demand, Africa's cargo airlines acquired converted cargo aircraft.
One of the significant benefits of Covid-19 to Africa was the opportunity for some African airlines to develop internal capacity for passenger-to-cargo aircraft conversion. Other regional airlines like Overland Airways in West Africa responded positively to the demand for the special flights. Roger Foster, CEO of Airlink, in South Africa, said his airline made use of belly hold to move cargo during the period.. Read more...
L Southern Africa News / 2022
- September 1. FlySafair adds new route between Johannesburg and Bloemfontein
- August 31. New flight routes for passengers in South Africa
- July 22. The tourism industry has the potential to unite us
- July 1. Cape Town shines as the hub of Africa’s aviation recovery
- June 29. Congo Airways adds wet-leased A320
September 1, 2022.
The minister of tourism, Lindiwe Sisulu, has announced a partnership with middle eastern airline Emirates as domestic flight capacity remains constrained.
At a media briefing, Sisulu said that during a visit to Dubai, bilateral agreements were made with Emirates to give it access to South Africa’s domestic routes while the airline promotes South Africa abroad.
Sisulu said government is in a code-sharing agreement with the airline and has since signed an MoU to grow the tourism market in South Africa.
L IATA News / 2022
- Sept 7. Air Cargo Tracks Near Pre-COVID Levels
- July 7. May air cargo buoyed by easing of Omicron restrictions in China
Strong passenger demand
African airlines' passenger demand surges again at 84.8%%
African airlines saw an 84.8% rise in July RPKs versus a year ago. July 2022 capacity was up by 46.7%, while the load factor climbed by 15.5 percentage points to 75.0%, the lowest among regions...Read more...
Cargo volumes falter
Africa's air cargo volumes decrease by 3.5%
African airlines saw cargo volumes decrease by 3.5% in July 2022 compared to July 2021. This was significantly slower than the growth recorded the previous month (5.7%). Capacity was 2.2% below July 2021 levels...Read more...
L Environment News / 2022
- August 5. Southern Africa lags in adoption of sustainable aviation fuel, despite great potential
- June 3. LOOK: SARS intercepts 17 pieces of rhino horn at OR Tambo International Airport
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.
L ICAO News / 2022
L ICAO report outlines steps to reduce aviation's carbon output
September 5, 2022. Bran Corliss for Leeham News & Analysis.
Saying the climate crisis now is at “Code Red for Humanity,” the UN-sponsored International Civil Aviation Organization is calling on nations and companies to increase their investments toward techniques and technologies that can reduce aviation’s climate impact.
It won’t be easy, ICAO said in its Environmental Report 2022, which was released in July. The aviation industry will be one of the hardest to ween off carbon-based forms of energy, a recent report concluded. Read more...
L Launch of ICAO Assistance, Capacity-building and Training for Sustainable Aviation Fuels
June 2, 2022. ICAO News.
Montréal. The ICAO Assistance, Capacity-building and Training for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (ACT-SAF) programme was officially launched at a Stockholm+50 associated side event held at ICAO Headquarters in Montréal yesterday.
ICAO ACT-SAF will provide opportunities for States to develop their full potential in sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) development and deployment, in line with ICAO’s No Country Left Behind initiative, the 2050 ICAO Vision for SAF, and the three main pillars of sustainable development recognized by the United Nations: economic, social and environmental.
“While no one solution will fit all States and stakeholders, the importance of ICAO’s role in bringing partners together, and supporting capacity building and implementation, is very clear. Many States and stakeholders have recognized the need for aviation to act now, and the contributions of ACT-SAF to the objectives of Stockholm+50 will encourage important near-term synergies for global action on sustainable fuels.” ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar.
The importance of SAF to the decarbonization of the aviation sector has recently been shown in the ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) report on the feasibility of a long-term global aspirational goal (LTAG) for international civil aviation CO2 emission reductions, which will inform discussions on LTAG in the lead up to the 41st Session of the ICAO Assembly.
The LTAG report shows the largest potential CO2 reductions by 2050 (up to 55%) deriving from cleaner fuels and energy sources. New aircraft technologies are projected to contribute to a further 21% CO2 reduction, while operational improvements will lead to another 11% reduction.
“Increased international ambition on sustainable aviation at our Assembly this September will allow ICAO to explore extending the ACT SAF approach, driving wider support for aviation CO2 reductions in areas such as new technologies and more efficient operations,” emphasized ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano. Read more...
L SA Government State of the Nation, Gazettes, Regulations, Directions, Protocols & Notices / 2022
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