News & Industry Affairs

 AASA news


  • 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...

AASA Policies & Regulations


  • AASA's mandate
    AASA is mandated to represent its Members on all issues related to the development of policy and regulations impacting airline business and operations. AASA is recognised by government, public and private stakeholders as the representative airline association in the states of its Member Airlines. In respect of proposed new policy, legislation and regulations, AASA plays the leading role in coordinating the consultation and provision of feedback, comment and response on these proposals. AASA is represented on statutory forums and Committees where these are constituted to facilitate the consultation process. Read more...

  • 2017 Aviation Policy & Airport Development white paper 
    More private funding envisaged for local airports. White paper into aviation policy and airport development seeks to raise funds and considers merging regulators that impose tariffs on passengers and airlines.
    February 23, 2017. Business Day by Karl Gernetsky. The long-awaited white paper into aviation policy and airport development seeks greater private-sector financing on airport infrastructure and also aims to integrate the sector’s operations. Read the Business Day article here online...

Africa news


  • The intra-Africa connectivity debate 
    December 11, 2017. AASA Africa news.
    AASA addresses the intra-Africa connectivity and Single African Air Transport Markets (SAATM) debate, and presents a variety of views and articles to encourage debate, including: an article by Rwanda's New Times urging the African continent to sign-up to the SAATM initiative to stimulate Africa's economy; a Q&A with Alexandre de Juniac IATA's Director General and CEO around the question: What is wrong with African airlines and why can’t the majority of them break even, much less make a profit?IATA's outlook for Africa in 2018;  and a thought-provoking article by Richard Li of the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies, presenting his case for the aviation industry being a catalyst for growth in Africa. Read more...

IATA news 


  • December/Year-End 2017 Economic performance of the airline industry
    This semi-annual report takes a broad look at how the airline industry is adding value for its consumers, the wider economy and governments, as well as for its investors...Read more... 


  • November 2017 State of the Region: Africa & Middle East
    Business confidence in South Africa recovered a little ground this month, but remains at a level associated with economic slowdown. Sentiment in the Middle East was broadly unchanged this month...Read more... 


  • October 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    Air passenger volumes post robust year-on-year growth in October. Once again, the industry-wide load factor posted a record high for the month (80.8% of available seat kilometres)...Read more... 


  • October 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis
    Air freight volume growth makes a robust start to Q4
    A robust start to Q4 for FTK growth…Industry-wide freight tonne kilometres grew by 5.9% year-on-year in October – the first month of the traditional period of strong demand seen every Q4...Read more... 


  • September 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis
    Hurricane impacts visible in Sept, alongside a slowing RPK trend
    Solid industry-wide RPK growth in September…Industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 5.7% year-on-year in September – slightly faster than the ten-year average growth rate (5.5%)...Read more... 


  • September 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
    September data suggest FTKs have passed the cyclical growth peak 
    Another robust month of annual FTK growth…Industry-wide freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) grew by 9.2% in September, down from 11.6% in August...Read more... 


  • August 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis
    A strong peak period, but the upward trend in traffic has eased

    August data complete a strong peak period...Industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 7.2 % year-on-year in August, up slightly from July, and completing a solid performance during the peak northern-hemisphere summer period...Read more... 


  • August 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis
    Another strong month for FTKs, but signs that cyclical peak is near

    Yet another month of double-digit FTK growth…Industry-wide freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) grew by 12.1% year-on-year in August, up from 10.9 % in July, and well ahead of the 5 and 10-year average rates...Read more... 


  • July 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis
    Robust July RPK growth, but the upward trend in traffic has eased

    Robust passenger growth in the July peak period…Industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 6.8% year-on-year in July, down from 7.7% in the previous month...Read more... 


  • July 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis
    Freight growth remained robust in July, but nearing cyclical peak 

    Another month of double-digit FTK growth…Industry-wide FTKs grew by 11.4% year-on-year in July, up slightly from 11.2% in June, and well ahead of the five and ten-year average rates (4.2% and 3.1%, respectively)...Read more...


  •  June 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis
    Annual passenger growth posts a 12-year high in first half of 2017
    A strong first half of 2017 for passenger demand…Industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 7.8% year-on-year in June, and by a similar rate (7.9%) in the first half of the year (H1 2017) as a whole...Read more...


  • June 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air freight growth posts its strongest first half-year since 2010
    A strong first half of the year for freight demand…Year-on-year growth in global FTKs slowed to 11.0% in June, down from 12.7% in May, but remained well ahead of the 5-year average pace (3.9%)...Read more... 


  • June 2017 IATA State of the Region: Africa & Middle East
    Economic Performance Outlook: 2017 industry financial forecast update​​
    IATA’s latest economic forecast points to 2017 being the third consecutive year where the air transport industry generates a rate of return that exceeds its cost of capital. Net post-tax profits of US$30bn are expected this year, a little below both 2015 and the revised estimate for 2016. Significant regional disparities remain, however, with the operating environment for African and Middle East airlines expected to again prove...Read more...


  • June 2017 IATA Economic performance of airline industry  
    The Airline Industry Economic Performance takes a broader look at how the industry is adding value for its consume​rs, the wider economy and governments, as well as for its investors. It is released on a bi-annual basis since June 2014 and it substitutes the former Financial Forecast publication. Download the full 2017 document here. 


  • May 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    Passenger demand growth slows in May, but remains robust 
    Slower growth in May, but a robust start to 2017. Slower growth in May, but a robust start to 2017 Having reached a six-year high of 10.9% in April, year-on- year growth in global RPKs slowed to 7.7% in May...Read more... 


  • May 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Another strong month, but has the cyclical growth peak passed? 
    Year-on-year FTK growth accelerates in May…Global FTKs grew by 12.7% year-on-year in May, up from 8.7% in April...Read more... 


  • April 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis  
    April air passenger demand grows at the fastest pace in six years
    Further evidence of a robust start to 2017. Global revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 10.7% year-on-year in April, up from 6.5% in March and the fastest pace since April 2011...Read more... 


  • April 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis  
    Strong start to 2017, but have we passed the cyclical growth peak? 
    Growth eases back in April, but remains robust. Global FTKs grew by 8.5% year-on-year in April, down from 13.4% in March...Read more... 


  • March - April 2017 IATA Airlines Financial Monitor  
    Airlines Financial Monitor 
    Key Points include. Global airline share prices rose by 2.5% in April, partly reflecting expectations that the squeeze on margins will diminish...Read more... 


  • March 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis  
    A robust first quarter of 2017 for air passenger demand 
    A robust first quarter of 2017 for pax growth. Global revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 6.8% year-on-year in March...Read more... 


  • March 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis  
    March data complete a strong Q1 for annual FTK growth
    Growth reaches a multi-year high in March…Global FTKs grew by 14.0% year-on-year in March – the fastest pace since October 2010...Read more... 


  • February 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis  
    Leap year effects distort headline data, but a robust start to 2017 
    2016 leap year is affecting annual comparisons. Year-on-year growth in global revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) fell to 4.8% in February from January’s five-year high (8.9%)...Read more... 


  • February 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Strong start to 2017 for freight growth, but grounds for caution? 
    Leap year effects are distorting the data…Global FTKs grew by 8.4% year-on-year in February. However, the data are distorted by the fact that 2016 was a leap year...Read more... 


  • January 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis  
    Annual RPK growth accelerates to a 5-year high at the start of 2017 
    A strong start to 2017 for passenger traffic. Annual growth in industry-wide RPKs accelerated to 9.6% in January – its fastest pace since April 2011 and the strongest start to the year since 2005...Read more... 


  • January 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis  
    Air freight looks to have carried momentum into the New Yea
    A solid start to the year for air freight. The 6.9% annual increase in global FTKs in January marked an easing from December’s double-digit pace, but it was still well ahead of the five-year average rate (3.0%)...Read more... 


  • 2016 IATA Resolution Carbon Emmissions  
    72nd IATA Annual General Meeting 
    Resolutions on the developmentof a global market-based measure for international aviation...Read more... 


  • June 2016 IATA Outlook for airline markets and industry performance  
    The Airline Industry Economic Performance takes a broader look at how the industry is adding value for its consume​rs, the wider economy and governments, as well as for its investors. It is released on a bi-annual basis since June 2014 and it substitutes the former Financial Forecast publication. Download the full 2016 document here.

Environment news


  • NASA: TSAS air traffic software wins award
    September 1, 2017. NASA. When planes get caught in traffic, the congestion doesn’t bring them to a halt. Pilots have to keep flying, of course, until the backup clears and their runways become available for landing. This means that air traffic controllers must send them on less-direct paths to their final destination, using more fuel in the process. An innovative software tool for air traffic management, called Terminal Sequencing and Spacing, or TSAS, will help planes descend more efficiently by controlling the spacing between individual aircraft, before they even reach the airport. Read more...


  • The green aviation debate 
    August 16, 2017. AASA addresses the green aviation debate and presents a variety of views and articles, to encourage debate and action, including IATA's analysis on the cost of going green; the Booz & Company (now PWC's Strategy&)'s assertion that airlines have no choice but to reduce their consumption of jet fuel in their analysis of the future of green aviation; an article by National Geographic about advances that will change air travel such as new commercial plane designs, alternative fuels, flight patterns, and airport architecture; and a thought-provoking article by Green Futures, part of the Guardian Environment Network, that questions whether the aviation industry, in need of radical innovation to address its high carbon footprint, could ever really be green. Read more...


  • NASA's Common Research Model (CRM) international collaboration 
    May 5, 2017. NASA. A key to success with any international collaboration is that participants find a common language to work from...for aeronautical engineers working to design, build and test aircraft of the future, at least one tool available to facilitate collaboration around the world is NASA’s Common Research Model (CRM). The CRM is a modern, commercial transport shape that exists both as a physical airplane model that can be tested in wind tunnels, and as a digital computer model that can be tested using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Read more...


  •  Developing renewable fuels as a solution for the future of aviation
    July 5, 2017. International Airport Review. John Pitts, MD and Founder of UK-based global aviation fuel specialist eJet International, looks at the industry’s current stance on renewable fuels and discusses its potential uptake as a sustainable solution for cutting emissions. Look at industry news pages today and it’s impossible not to notice that a lot of the topics touch upon the sustainability of aviation fuel and the use of renewable fuels as a viable fuel option within the market. Read more...


  • German Aerospace Center/Lufthansa release high blend-level AJF study
    June 16, 2017. Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative & the German Aerospace Centre.
    Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), together with Lufthansa Technik and the Bundeswehr Research Institute for Materials, Fuels and Lubricants (WIWeB), investigated the chemical and physical properties of particularly promising biofuels. The European Union-funded 'High Biofuel Blends in Aviation' (HBBA) study focused on blends, i.e. mixtures of conventional kerosene with biofuels. The study analysed particularly promising biofuels, according to source, production process and approval status. Read more...

  • Boeing delivers increased efficiencies, reduced waste and emissions
    June 6, 2017. Boeing. Boeing is building and delivering new jetliners that will reduce fuel use and emissions by up to 25 percent, reducing solid waste sent to landfills by almost 20 percent, and advancing promising environmental technologies through a first-ever collaboration with Brazil-based EmbraerThese and other improvements to Boeing’s environmental performance are highlighted in the company’s 2017 Environment Report, released today.

  • Aviation industry's Greenhouse Gas Emissions responsibility  
    Aviation is considered to be responsible globally for approximately 2% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE). The airline industry acknowledges that it must play its role in reducing GHGE. IATA has published a set of targets which have been accepted by airlines worldwide. Read more...

  • NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution
    March 15, 2017. NASA. Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and Earth’s environment. The findings are the result of a cooperative international research program led by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and involving agencies from Germany and Canada, and are detailed in a study published in the journal NatureRead more...


  • NASA: Reduce fuel burn with a dose of BLI
    March 10, 2017. NASA. It sounds like a cause of heart burn. Instead, Boundary Layer Ingestion (BLI) – is a promising idea NASA researchers are studying to reduce fuel burn in jet engines, thus reducing emissions and the cost of operating the aircraft. Read more...

  • IATA Environmental Policy: Combating the illegal trade of wildlife 
    Transnational criminal gangs are exploiting the increasingly interconnected air transport system to traffic illegal flora and fauna. Aviation is committed to playing its part in stopping this illegal trade in wildlife, worth at least $19 billion annually. Although the duty for capturing and prosecuting these criminals rests with national enforcement authorities, airline staff can provide an important source of additional intelligence. International Air Transport Association (IATA) is working with the aviation industry to support the work of enforcement agencies in combating the illegal trade in wildlife.​​​​ Read more...

Travel news


  • SADC Travels: Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park

    If you are planning a safari trip to Southern Africa be sure to consider the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) for a life-changing visit. 

    GLTP straddles the borders of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe and joins some of the most established wildlife areas in southern Africa into a huge conservation area of 37 572km² (± the size of the Netherlands). This forms the core of the second-phase transfrontier conservation area (TFCA), measuring almost 100 000km² - the world's greatest animal kingdom. Read more...


  • SADC Travels: Lake Malawi National Park - World Heritage Site
    If you are planning a safari trip to Southern Africa be sure to consider Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi's spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is enveloped by sandy beaches and the granite islands of the Cape Maclear peninsula, located at the southern tip of the lake. The park’s clear waters are populated by hundreds of species of colorful cichlid fish, most of which are native to the lake. The park is home to eco-lodges and traditional fishing villages. Facilities for snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking are available.  Read more...


  • SADC Travels: Tourism's economic contribution to the region

    August 18, 2017. As one of Africa's largest economic contributors, Travel & Tourism creates jobs, drives exports, and contributes to the sustainable prosperity of the region. The sector has a positive economic impact on local communities, and also encourages the sharing of Africa's colourful, diverse story including the regions social, cultural, environment and heritage treasures.

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  • SADC Travels: Peace Parks Foundation

    The Peace Parks Foundation, headquartered in Stellenbosch, South Africa, is a non-profit organisation founded in 1997 by Dr Anton Rupert together with founding patrons HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and Nelson Mandela. 

    The Foundation advocates for the creation of transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs) in Africa (a protected area that spans boundaries of more than one country or sub-national entitity, where the political border sections that are enclosed within its area are abolished), and provides services to these TFCAs such as political support-building, planning, project management, fundraising, and management training. Read more...


  • SADC Travels: Etosha National Park - Nambia's crown
    If you are planning a safari trip to Southern Africa be sure to consider Etosha National Park, Namibia's great wildlife sanctuary, with its unique animal and bird life, and beautiful rest camps and luxury lodges. Read more...


  • Research reveals positive development in the African tourism sector
    June 15, 2017. Tourism News: BizCommunity. According to various stakeholders in attendance at WTM Africa 2017, the continued growth of African tourist arrivals coupled with key performance indicators such as increased airlift and hotel development, are all reasons to invest in the travel economy within Africa. Through the partnership between WTM Africa and Euromonitor International, research divulged at the exhibition showed that key performance indicators revealed positive development in the travel sector of Africa. Read more...