Welcome to the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA)

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.

In Southern Africa, AASA 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 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.  

Southern African Airline Industry: It's Status and Priorities
August, 2018. World AirNews. AASA feature. 

AASA CEO, Chris Zweigenthal, offers his insights into the status and priorities of the Southern African airline industry over the past year in the August edition of the World AirNews magazine. He addresses news, events and developments that affect both the local and global industry, with a focus on the African continent, covering airport infrastructure; issues and regulations around the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM); the environment and implementing the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA); the tourism industry; carbon taxes; South African codes of good practice; and distruptive innovation such as AirBnB and Uber. Download the article here...

Governments should play part in financing airline security - ASAA CEO
June 6, 2018. Carin Smith for Fin24.

There is still a huge focus on security in the airline industry, but the continuous monitoring it involves comes at a huge cost to airlines and raises the issue of the role of governments in covering costs, Chris Zweigenthal, CEO of AASA, told Fin24 at the 74th AGM of IATA in SydneyRead the full Fin24 article here...

Not just challenges in African aviation – CEO 
May 23, 2018. Fin24.

Challenges continue to confront the aviation industry in Africa, Chris Zweigenthal, CEO of AASA, said on Wednesday. He addressed the 27th African Aviation Summit, Air Finance Africa 2018. Read the full Fin24 article here...

Air Namibia's West Africa route opens the intra-African sky
July 6, 2018. AASA news. 

Namibia's national carrier, Air Namibia has launched new flights to Ghana and Nigeria. With Windhoek as the hub, and Lagos and Accra the destinations, the new route opens up intra-Africa travel and trade between Southern Africa and West African countries. 

The new route will also transport passengers and cargo from Lagos-Accra-Lagos, made possible by the fifth freedom traffic rights granted to Air Namibia by the Ghanaian and Nigerian governments, as contained in the existing Bilateral Air Service AgreementsRead more... 

IATA, AFRAA sign MoU to Advance Aviation in Africa 
June 3, 2018. IATA news. 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the African Airline Association (AFRAA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to deepen their cooperation.  The MoU was signed by Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s DG and CEO and AFRAA’s SG, Abderahmane Berthé at the 74th IATA AGM held in Sydney. Under the MoU, IATA and AFRAA will exchange information, expertise and work jointly to: 

  • Enhance safety by assisting airlines to implement the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and IATA Ground Handling Manual (IGOM). Read more...

July 2018 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis
A solid start to the peak season, alongside a record July load factor. Read more...

July 2018 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis
Little sign of change in the moderate uptrend in air cargo volumes. Read more...

IATA & ICAO aviation training: No Country Left Behind
August 14, 2018. AASA news. 

The theme of AASA's 2017 AGA, Building Human Capital for African Airlines, highlighted the skills development and training challenges facing the African aviation industry. Addressing that AGA, Chris Zweigenthal, AASA'S CEO, issued a dire warning that if governments did not invest and focus on basic and tertiary education, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, airlines in Africa face a calamitous future; and Mandi Samson, AASA's Chairperson, emphasised that the scarcity of skills, especially in technical areas, must be addressed with a commitment to world-class training in order to ensure the safety of African skies.  

IATA and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are stepping up their efforts to address skills development and training in Africa and developing nations by offering a network of global training centres and industry-standard aviation training courses and programmes; and are committed to sustainable skills development and training by ensuring training is more accessible and affordable to developing nations. Read more...

SADC's airport projects and aerotropolis developments 
August 17, 2018. AASA news. 

There is no disputing that Africa presents massive economic development, growth opportunities and travel potential - the key to unlocking this potential is an efficient and effective airport, essential to the growth and success of any country. On the African content, airports are undergoing expansion to cater for rapidly growing passenger and cargo traffic volumes. Many airports are in a state of much needed upgrading, and African governments have given the green light to for restoration and development...Read more...

The future of the air transport industry 
June 27, 2018. AASA news. 

What drivers of change could shape the future landscape of the air transport industry?  We address this question by offering insights from IATA's Future of the Airline Industry 2035 study and the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft 2017 - 2036 Market Forecast report; sharing a video of the future of the airline industry by Gil Michielin, Vice-President of Thales Avionics; and track down some web articles that shed light, predictions and ideas about where the industry is heading in the decades to come. Read more...

CORSIA standards: endorsed by ICAO and hailed by industry
August 20, 2018. AASA news.  

The aviation industry has praised the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the approval of a set of standards, recommended practices and technical rules on how to measure and report carbon emissions to ensure airlines comply with the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) initiative. The ICAO Council approved the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARP) at a meeting held in Montreal, Canada in June. Read more...

Clean Energy Wire: Emission-free aviation is technically feasible - DLR Researcher 
May 1, 2018. Sören Amelang for Clean Energy Wire. 

Josef Kallo, director of the Institute for Energy Conversion and Storage at Ulm University and coordinator of the Research Group Energy Systems Integration at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), says electric flight is not just a distant vision. He sees hybrid electric motors in combination with fuel cell technology as a promising place to start. But the sky’s the limit as far as future development goes – this is just the beginning. Read more...

Swiss-Belhotel expands into Africa
June 18, 2018. Times of Oman news.

Swiss-Belhotel International, one of the world's largest hotel management groups with hotel-footprints in Australia, Bahrain, China, Indonesia, New Zealand, Qatar, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam are targeting investment in Africa. The group recently signed an agreement with Zanzibar Crown Hotel and Resort Ltd to operate the Swiss-Belresort Zanzibar - opening for business in 2019.

Talking about the potential Africa holds for the hospitality industry, Laurent A. Voivenel, Senior Vice President, Operations and Development for the Middle East, Africa and India stated, “Africa is an exciting market because it is still in its infancy and there is plenty of room for growth. The tourism industry has been strengthened by both domestic and inbound travellers. The increase in intra-Africa travel is of particular interest to the hospitality sector because at least four out of every 10 travellers in Africa are from within the region." 

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SADC Travels   |   Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area

Image credit:  Joachim Huber, Switzerland (Victoria Falls, Zambia) [CC SA 2.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], Wikimedia Commons.

Image credit above Lencer [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC 3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 
Image credit below Harvey Barrison, Massapequa, NY (Victoria Falls_Zambia 2012 05 23_1441) [CC SA 2.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], Wikimedia Commons

Planning a trip to Southern Africa? Be sure to consider a visit to the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) situated in the Kavango and Zambezi river basins. Roughly 520 000 km² and including 36 protected areas such as national parks, game reserves, forest reserves, community conservancies and game/wildlife management areas. Jewels in the KAZA crown include the 15,000 km2 Okavango Delta (the world's largest inland delta); and Victoria Falls (a World Heritage Site and one of the seven natural wonders of the world).

KAZA is situated in region where the borders of five countries converge. It includes a major part of the Upper Zambezi basin and the Okavango basin and Delta, the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, the southeastern corner of Angola, southwestern Zambia, the northern wildlands of Botswana and western Zimbabwe. The centre of this area is at the confluence of the Chobe River and Zambezi River where the borders of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet.  The KAZA initiative was created in cooperation with the Peace Parks Foundation and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Visit the website for more information.

Sources: wikipedia.org/wiki/Kavango-Zambezi-Transfrontier-Conservation-Area & peaceparks.co.za/Kavango Zambezi  & Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area: Tourism Without Boundaries