The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (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.
AASA was formed to represent the mutual interests of its members. Membership is open to all airlines based in southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. There are currently 19 Airline Members from this region. In addition, Associate Membership is open to airline partner organisations. There are currently 35 Associate Members, including Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), and airports, both provincial and private airports, the Air Traffic & Navigation Services (ATNS), the South African Weather Service, several oil companies, major aircraft manufacturers, engine manufacturers, a ground handling company, IT service providers, tourism organisations and 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. In undertaking this mandate, AASA represents the airline industry on approximately 15 Standing Committees and Boards involving both public and private stakeholders.
AASA’s responsibility includes the representation of Southern African Development Commmunity (SADC) based airlines on the SADC Civil Aviation Committee, a committee comprising directors of civil aviation from SADC states.
With AASA’s focus concentrated on any issue related to improving the continued sustainability and profitability of its Airline Members, the regular liaison and good working relationship with its members and partners is highly valued.