News & Industry Affairs


  • 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'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...


  • African airport capacity critical to prosperity 
    April 17, 2018. ICAO Africa news. 
    Addressing African aviation and government leaders at the Airports Council International’s (ACI’s) 2018 Africa Regional Conference in Lagos, NigeriaInternational Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu highlighted the continent’s rapidly-expanding air traffic and capacity will only be sustainable through the continued development and modernisation of its airports, as well as local aviation infrastructure. 

    "The industry here generates positive impacts on tourism and trade, directly and indirectly supporting 6.8 million jobs and generating 72.5 billion US$ in GDP, but due to the more recent and effective focus on air transport liberalisation, many African hub airports are now expected to exceed their capacity by 2020,"  Dr. Aliu stated. Read more...


  • 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...


  • April 2018 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    Solid growth in RPKs in April, with another record high load factor
    The upward trend in RPKs remains robust. Year-on-year growth in industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) slowed to 6.2% in April, down from a 12-month high of 9.7% in March. The slowdown in the annual RPK growth rate was driven largely by developments a year ago – including the comparatively late timing of Easter in 2017 – rather than any notable change in the near-term traffic trend.)...Read more...


  • April 2018 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air freight volumes have contined to trend sideways
    Annual FTK growth recovered somewhat in April. Having fallen to a 23-month low of 1.8% in March, year-on-year growth in industry-wide FTKs recovered to 4.1% in April. This outcome reflected a pick-up in freight volumes in seasonally adjusted (SA) month-onmonth terms in April, and broadly reversed the corresponding decline seen in March...Read more...


  • Safety: 3.8 billion air travellers by 2036
    Safely managing future air travel demand
    April 17, 2018. IATA news. Global aviation safety is built on a foundation of co-operative agreements, sharing, working together effectively, and an adherence to global standards. IATA, steering this partnership approach, held its 2018 Safety and Flight Ops Conference in Montreal, Canada from 17 - 19 April. IATA’s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac urged aviation stakeholders to adopt global standards and make greater use of operational data in order to safely accommodate an additional 3.8 billion air travelers by 2036...Read more...        


  • March 2018 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    Air passenger growth completes a strong first quarter of 2018
    RPK growth posts its fastest pace in 12 months. Industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) increased by 9.5% year-on-year in March - the fastest pace since March 2017 and well above the five-year average rate (6.8%)... Read more...

  • March 2018 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Boost to air freight from the re-stocking cycle has run its course
    FTK growth slowed significanly in March. Aftera robust start to the year, the industry-wide FTK growth rate slowed to just 1.7% year-on-year in March, down from a robust 6.7% in February...Read more...


  • February 2018 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    Passenger growth rebounds in Feb after Lunar New Year distortion
    RPK growth rebounded in February as expected. As expected, year-on-year growth in air passenger volumes rebounded in February following the distortion last month due to the later timing of the Lunar New Year...Read more...


  • February 2018 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Strong start to 2018 for FTK growth, but upward trend has eased
    FTK growth off to its best start to a year since 2015. Industry-wide FTKs increased by 6.8% year-on-year in February, down from 8.5% in the previous month. ..Read more...


  • Implementation key to Africa open skies agreement
    23 African Countries sign SAATM agreement
    February 1, 2018. IATA news. IATA/Regulations & Taxation/Middle East & Africa news. IATA has hailed the “momentous” launch of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) by the African Union (AU) to open up the continent’s skies — but says successful implementation is vital. The SAATM is a deregulated airspace, which allows aircraft to fly freely between the 23 AU member states that have agreed to the initiative...Read more...


  • January 2018 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    January 2018 Passenger Demand Growth Slows 
    Slowest annual RPK growth since March 2014…Year-on-year growth in industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) slowed to 4.6% in January 2018, down from 6.4% in December...Read more... 


  • January 2018 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Growth in air freight volumes makes a robust start to 2018 
    Chinese New Year can distort things at year-start Industry-wide FTKs increased by 8.0% year-on-year in January 2018, up from 5.8% in December...Read more...



  • 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...


  • Intra-Africa business travel heats up as visa regimes fall
    November 27, 2017. Big Ambitions news. From December 1, South African and Angolan citizens will be able to visit each other's countries without having to obtain a visa. The news comes off the back of an announcement by Namibia that it would scrap visas for African citizens. The free movement of people is the cornerstone of regional integration, according to the African Development Bank.

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    When business people can travel more easily across the continent because of liberal visa policies, they bring higher levels of investment, fresh skills and expand the range of goods and services on offer," says Oz Desai, Corporate Traveller SA General Manager. Read the original article here...

  • 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...