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L AASA Member News & Notices / 2023
L Closed markets, high costs hurting Africa airlines more
November 27, 2023. Michael Wakabi for The East African.
A rare tongue-lashing to Nigeria over its ballooning debt to airlines and high operating costs almost overshadowed the opening session of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) 55th AGM that was hosted by Uganda Airlines in Kampala this week. But industry leaders soon got back to business exploring the opportunities of a growing market and mulling the obstacles that need to be removed before African air transport achieves its full potential.
Aaron Munetsi, CEO of the Airline Association of Southern Africa (AASA), used the parallel of East Africa’s One Network Area to illustrate the potential impact of liberalisation of air transport for airlines and consumers alike. Indeed, telephone traffic between Kenya and Rwanda increased 900 times in a single year, after the two countries unified calling rates in 2010. Read more...
L IATA: Namibia clean as a whistle
November 24, 2023. Windhoek Observer.
Aaron Munetsi, CEO of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA), said the aviation industry has been facing a raging fire of challenges, such as operating costs, which in some cases account for as much as 40% of an airline’s costs. He noted some airlines are faced with a critical shortage of spare parts for their aircraft, and this shortage has resulted in some airlines being forced to ground the aircraft as safety is non-negotiable. Read more...
L AFRAA AGM: Liberalised market via SAATM is a slow process
November 20, 2023. Times Aerospace News.
Uganda. Hosted on the shores of Lake Victoria by national carrier Uganda Airlines, the principle of the Single African Air Traffic Market (SAATM) received strong support from all sides at the AFRAA 55th AGM but has been hampered by protectionism and fears about a more competitive market.
“If we were to create a scorecard for ourselves, I don’t think [as] students we will be proud to take the scorecard back home,” said Aaron Munetsi, CEO of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA), speaking during the AGM and referring to Africa’s record to-date on bringing in air transport liberalisation via SAATM. He described the progress since 2018 of 37 countries signing up to SAATM as “good progress but not good enough”, especially considering that only 18 of them have “fully submitted” to it. “We cannot predict a dismal performance to the generation that is coming after us,” said Munetsi. Read more...
L African Air Transport: Keyamo calls for speedy Implementation of Yamoussoukro Decision
November 15, 2023. This Day News.
Abuja, Nigeria. The Nigerian Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr. Festus Keyamo, stressed the need to speed up full implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD), with regard to the liberalisation of access to air transport markets in Africa. This, Keyamo said, cannot be over-emphasised as it was crucial to the achievement of the long-term vision of the African Union (AU).
The Minister, while welcoming the various countries Ministers, Chairperson of the AU Commission, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, President, Africa Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), and the Secretary General of AFCAC, to 24th Anniversary of the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD) Day Event under the theme, “Africa Wants to Fly” noted that: “Africa is the continent with the largest number of developing countries and Air Transport is an essential component of the global transportation system and a strategic driver of economic growth and development.” Read more...
On the YD anniversary we must reflect on the opportunities lost since its signature in 1988 and those that lie ahead. Execution of the commitment is our Achilles heel. It is a dismal failure caused by a lack of political will. If we want to realise the benefits of a better connected and closely integrated Africa, we must implement the initiatives and agreements in place. When AFCAC convenes us to mark this occasion next year, instead of talking about what needs to be done, I want us to commit to each other that we will meet to review the outcomes our respective actions in executing the Single Africa Air Transport Market. AFCAC’s scorecard is a great starting point.
L [WATCH CNBC Africa CEO Interiew] Airlines body roots for faster implementation of SAATM
November 10, 2023. Southern Africa's TravelNews.
Proper implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market is set to unlock huge economic opportunities for airlines across Africa. CNBC Africa spoke to Aaron Munetsi, Chief Executive Officer, Airlines Association of Southern Africa for more. Read more...
L A warm AASA welcome to our new Associate Member: DPO Pay
October 12, 2023. AASA News.
AASA is pleased to announce that DPO Pay has joined as an Associate Member as of 12 October 2023. DPO Pay makes it easy to accept payments online - allowing shoppers to make online card payments from their eCommerce website. DPO Pay accepts all major card types including, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club. The company offers a global reach, multi-currency payments (dynamic currency conversions), and superior fraud engines. Services also include online store/e-commerce website development (scalable plug-and-play solutions). Read more about the Benefits of AASA Membership...
L AASA calls for visa-free travel in Africa
October 11, 2023. Southern Africa's TravelNews.
Challenges including inadequate infrastructure, unclear policies, inconsistent regulations, rising aviation taxes and other statutory charges are exacerbating poor intra-African connectivity, cautioned Airlines Association of Southern Africa’s (AASA) CEO Aaron Munetsi. He called for visa-free travel on the continent. The AASA AGM, held in Luanda, Angola, from October 5 to 8, called on regional governments to open access to their markets and allow for more routes and flights where regulatory restrictions were blocking growth. Read more...
L Regional airlines turbulent on economic growth
October 9, 2023. NewERA.
Poor intra-Africa airline connectivity, inadequate infrastructure and unclear policies, inconsistent regulations and rising aviation taxes and other statutory charges are preventing African economies from reaching their full potential.
This warning was issued by the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA).
The trade body, which held its annual general assembly in Luanda, Angola, last week, called on regional governments to open access to their markets and allow more routes and more flights where regulatory impediments were blocking growth. Read more...
L Time to address ‘embarrassingly low’ intra-African air connectivity, airline body chief says
October 8, 2023. NewERA.
Poor intra-Africa airline connectivity, inadequate infrastructure and unclear policies, inconsistent regulations and rising aviation taxes and other statutory charges are preventing African economies from reaching their full potential. This warning was issued by the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA). The trade body, which held its annual general assembly in Luanda, Angola, last week, called on regional governments to open access to their markets and allow more routes and more flights where regulatory impediments were blocking growth. Read more...
L AASA NEWS RELEASE
AASA’s 2023-24 Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson elected
October 7, 2023.
Luanda - The incoming Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of AASA were elected at the body’s 53rd Annual General Meeting and will serve for the next 12 months.
João Pó Jorge has been re-elected as AASA’s Chairperson. He is the Director-General of LAM Mozambique Airlines, with Interim CEO of South African Airways, Prof. John Lamola, chosen as the Deputy Chair. Download the full news release.
National, regional, and geopolitical shifts and uncertainties, macro-economic headwinds – driven by rising energy costs, weakened local currencies, inflation, and unemployment – together with changed market dynamics and customer behaviour, have forced Southern Africa’s airlines to become more agile, cost-efficient and innovative to satisfy their customer’s needs. João and John will provide guidance and support to AASA as we continue engaging governments and their agencies to ensure that policy, regulations, and standards promote competitive, affordable, economically and environmentally sustainable, secure, and safe air transport with comprehensive intra-African connectivity.
Above (L to R): João Pó Jorge (LAM Mozambique Airlines, Director-General), AASA Chairperson; Aaron Munetsi AASA CEO; and Prof. John Lamola (SAA, Interim CEO), AASA Deputy Chairperson.
L AASA NEWS RELEASE
Luanda - Poor intra-Africa airline connectivity, inadequate infrastructure together with unclear policies, inconsistent regulations and rising aviation taxes and other statutory charges are depriving African economies from reaching their full potential, warns AASA.
The trade body, which is holding its annual general assembly in Luanda, Angola, today, called on regional governments to open access to their markets and allow for more routes and more flights where regulatory impediments were blocking growth.
AASA also cautioned that without a clear coordinated strategy for the development, production and supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and improvements to airspace management to streamline traffic flows, the region’s airline industry would fail to meet the global net-zero 2050 carbon emissions target.
Africa accounts for two percent of global passenger and air cargo traffic and will need access to at least 15 billion litres of SAF a year by 2050 if it is to continue serving the continent’s economic and social needs by enabling trade, business, tourism and personal travel.
We have an embarrassingly low level of intra-African connectivity and it is depriving Africa, its people and its economies from rising to their full potential. (He called on the SADC governments to remove the obstacles hindering industry expansion and connectivity). By doing so, you will enable the economies and people you serve, to flourish. Never have you held in your grasp a golden opportunity to make inspired decisions with such meaningful positive consequences and impact!
As remedies, AASA proposes that authorities:
The most recent (2019) econometric study of Africa’s air transport sector’s contribution to GDP estimates that regulatory adjustments to liberalise market access between 12 key African markets would provide an extra 155,000 jobs and US$1.3 billion in annual GDP across those countries. It was estimated that a potential five million passengers a year were being denied the chance to travel between these markets due to unnecessary restrictions on establishing air routes. At the time, Africa’s aviation sector supported 6.9 million jobs and more than US$80bn in GDP across the continent. Download the full news release.
L Angola to Host the 53rd AASA Annual General Assembly
September 27, 2023. Victoria Moores for Air Transport World/Aviation Week Network,
Angola is set to host the 53rd edition of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) Annual General Assembly from October 5 to 8 in its vibrant capital city, Luanda. This prestigious event, co-organized by TAAG Angola Airlines, marks the first time that Angola has been chosen as the host country for this pivotal gathering.
The AASA Annual General Assembly serves as a critical platform for industry stakeholders, including airlines, regulators, manufacturers, service providers, investors, diplomatic representatives, and government entities, to come together and engage in essential discussions and networking opportunities. The assembly is dedicated to addressing the challenges and opportunities facing civil aviation in Africa, emphasizing cooperation and collaboration among key players in the aviation ecosystem.. Read more...
L Africa signals post-pandemic shift away from widebodies
September 19, 2023. Victoria Moores for Air Transport World/Aviation Week Network,
While African airlines appear to be rapidly growing their regional jet and turboprop operations, with narrowbody flown hours on the increase, widebody utilization remains below pre-pandemic, potentially indicating increased intra-African flying and capacity right-sizing.
An interesting picture is emerging in Africa. The good news is that African airlines’ August 2023 traffic reached 98.4% of August 2019 levels, indicating substantial market recovery, according to the latest data from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA). Read more...
There is no one-size-fits all solution for Africa as the continent includes many different markets and geographies. Africa is a vast continent of 55 countries and five regional economic communities, each with its own peculiarities. The aviation industry in each region has developed to different degrees.
L L AFRAA and IATA team on “Focus Africa”
August 24,2023. Air Insight Group News,
International airline lobby organization IATA and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) combine resources to drive the Focus Africa initiative. This program aims “to maximize aviation’s contribution to development across the African Continent by better-serving passengers and shippers.”
The AFRAA and IATA collaboration comes at an auspicious time. Especially the focus on “improve data sharing, prioritizing the accurate communication of aeronautical information.” This collaboration would benefit from the work undertaken at AASA in South Africa. AASA’s CEO Aaron Munetsi’s vision is to share data among its members to improve decision-making in a highly competitive market. Whereas competitive reaction is typically shy away from data sharing, data sharing helps the entire industry. Read more...
L Implementation of e-Visas: South African Advance Passenger Processing (APP) - A Guide for Airlines
August 24, 2023. SA Department of Home Affairs News.
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) of South Africa implements the Advance Passenger Processing (APP), enabling the Government to perform advance passenger screening for all passengers and crew travelling by air to, from and through South Africa.
The government is focused on reducing the number of inadmissible persons arriving at ports of entry and has mandated that all airlines comply with the directive of becoming APP compliant.
By working together with Airlines DHA will reduce the administrative overheads associated with intervening at the point of entry and having to impose fines on airlines for allowing inadmissible persons on board flights to South Africa.
AASA Airline Members are advised to familiarise themselves particularly with page 12 of the APP Guide for Airlines as follows:
BOARD WITH OWT (8519)
The passenger’s visa has been confirmed by APP to be valid. Airlines should verify that the passenger has an outward ticket (return / onward) before allowing the passenger to board. If the passenger does not have an outward ticket, he or she should not be permitted to board and the check-in agent is required to send a cancellation transaction to notify DHA that the passenger will not be traveling.
South Africa has commenced with the implementation of its electronic visa system (e-Visa) since 17 August 2021.
e-Visa is a virtual visa and can therefore not be visually inspected by airline personnel and their duly appointed handling agents. APP authenticates e-Visas by returning boarding directive 8519 (Board with OWT) to the airline. Successful applicants are also issued with a confirmation notice that could be authenticated by scanning the QR code. Confirmation notices should not be accepted at face value.
Disclaimer: The information provided is correct as at 24 August 2023. Before travel, please check with the nearest South African Embassy for the most up-to-date information.
L A warm AASA welcome to our new Associate Member: Africa Standards and Certifications (ASC)
August 21, 2023. AASA News.
AASA is pleased to announce that Africa Standards and Certifications (ASC) has joined as an Associate Member as of 1 September. ASC’s team of experts ensures products are tested and certified against international and local standards in order to strengthen brand trust, have a competitive edge and gain access to multiple markets globally. Read more about the Benefits of AASA Membership...
L IATA launches program to improve aviation safety in Africa
June 20, 2023. IATA News,
Addis Ababa. IATA is launching the Collaborative Aviation Safety Improvement Program (CASIP) to reduce the accident and serious incident rate across Africa as part of the Focus Africa initiative.
Launch partners in the program include: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), The African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Boeing, and the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA). Read more...
AASA welcomes AirlinePros as an associate member whose role towards enhancing the ability of our member airlines to have the best possible representation in various regions is a critical success factor in these competitive markets. We are confident that our member airlines will establish a mutually beneficial relationship with AirlinePros for the benefit of the industry.
Above: Aaron Munetsi (AASA CEO) moderating the panel discussion Strategizing for Success: How Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have helped airlines adapt their strategies to deliver new routes and revenue streams during and after the pandemic.
Above (L to R): Caroline Ungersbock (Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme, SA, CEO), H.E. Major General Gaudence Salim Milanzi (High Commissioner, Republic of Tanzania); David King (Access Strategy Manager, Wesgro, South Africa); and Aaron Munetsi (AASA CEO).
AASA, on behalf of its members, which comprise most of the SADC carriers, is in an ongoing engagement with both ACSA and ATNS and their respective regulators, in a bid to contain any increases. As an industry that plays such a significant role in the region's economic mix, we recognise how crucial it is that air transport remains affordable and accessible. Any major shock increases, such as the ones proposed, will act as a handbrake on domestic, regional, and long-haul travel, tourism, and trade in an already fragile economy.
L IAFCAC, AASA Join Forces with IATA on Focus Africa
June 6, 2023. IATA News.
Strengthening aviation’s economic contribution on the Continent
Istanbul. The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) “Focus Africa” drive is gaining momentum, spurred on by the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) and the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) as its newest partners.
Time is not on our side as AASA’s members and the communities they serve face rising costs, unprecedented unemployment, obsolete constraints on trade and market access, inadequate infrastructure and a looming skills shortage. These demand urgent action, so we do not get stranded on the runway. It is why we have no hesitation standing with IATA and other Focus Africa partners. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO
Above (L to R): Aaron Munetsi (AASA CEO), Adefunke Adeyemi (AFCAC SG), Willie Walsh (IATA DG), Kamil Al-Awadi (IATA Regional VP AME)
Focus Africa will strengthen aviation’s contribution to Africa’s economic and social development and improve connectivity, safety and reliability for passengers and shippers. It will see private and public stakeholders deliver measurable progress in six critical areas: safety, infrastructure, connectivity, finance and distribution, sustainability and skills development. Read more...
L A warm AASA welcome to our new Associate Member: AirlinePros International
May 29, 2023. AASA News.
AASA is pleased to announce that AirlinePros International has joined as an Associate Member. ArilinePros is an award-winning distribution and representation firm for airlines and travel suppliers; contracted by both the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) to facilitate airlines access to new markets and support the sales and distribution in their respective markets. Read more about the Benefits of AASA Membership...
L Aviation: Africa's passenger traffic 'expected to double over next 15 years'
May 16, 2023. NewVision.
In a Monday press statement by IATA covering the Focus Africa Conference coming up in June, Willie Walsh, the DG of IATA stated: "Africa stands out as the region with the greatest potential and opportunity for aviation."
The Conference in Addis Ababa provides industry leaders a platform to join forces and invest in the vision of the Focus Africa initiative. AASA CEO, Aaron Munetsi, is scheduled as a speaker to address aviation's contribution to Africa's development. Read more...
L African open skies advancing
May 15, 2023. Southern Africa's Travel News.
It’s been 35 years since the signing of the Yamoussoukro Declaration (YD) in 1988. Yet, in 2023, the aviation industry is still hoping for Open Skies over Africa. Enter the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), the aviation industry’s best bet and the most likely way out of the wasteful past which hindered the continent’s aviation development.
SAATM is not just about African carriers getting fifth freedom rights – it’s also about the economic benefits for the member states through the establishment of intra-African networks. Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO
Speaking at the Annual African Aviation Summit (Air Finance Africa) held at the Sandton Conference Centre on May 11, Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, pointed out that in 2019, of 51 national carriers in Africa, three were cash positive and one was profitable. So the opportunity to open up the skies, encourage competition, allow new co-operation models, and build a good intra-African network couldn’t come at a better time. That’s why it’s great news that SAATM is forging ahead, now has 36 states signed up (80% of its target) and a total of 42 airlines. Read more...
L [Aspen Institute UK Podcast of Webinar] The Future of Air Travel: flying green or staying grounded?
May 13, 2023. Aspen Insitute UK Event News.
Listen to Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, and industry leaders discuss the future of air travel in the context of honouring international aviation climate goals of net-zero carbon by 2050.
L A warm AASA welcome to our new Airline Member: LIFT
May 10, 2023. AASA News.
AASA is pleased to announce that LIFT has joined as an Airline Member. LIFT is a South African airline, currently operating domestic routes from O. R. Tambo International Airport using a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft, operated by Global Aviation. Read more about the Benefits of AASA Membership...
L SACAA gazettes 6.40% increase to Passenger Safety Charge (EV) for 2023
April 26, 2023. Government Gazette: Department of Tourism Publication.
L [702 RADIO AASA CEO INTERVIEW] What are the reasons for the high cost of air travel in the SADC region
April 2, 2023. Radio 702.
AASA CEO, Aaron Munetsi, is interviewed by Crystal Orderson about the high cost of air travel in the region over the Easter weekend. Comparatively, airfare is much higher this year than last year due to soaring operational costs, such as aviation fuel. Read more...
Because aviation fuel is a derivative of brent crude oil, given the geopolitics currently, the price of brent crude oil has substantially increased. The price we pay for jet fuel as of March 2023 to March 2022, it's about 74% higher. As much as we try to cushion the costs to stimulate travel, unfortunately there comes a time this must be passed onto the consumer. That's why you end up with high fares.
Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO
March 27, 2023. AASA News.
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February 15, 2023. AASA News.
What an amazing response to the AASA/IATA virtual Environment and Sustainability Training Programme! The enthusiasm and commitment of attendees is exemplary: 18 participants registered - 7 airlines participating - 5 countries represented - 9 senior airline participants.
With the overwhelming response to the programme, above responses, AASA and IATA are grateful to the participating airlines. We welcome the participants and wish them all success.
Keep an eye open for AASA's Training Programmes and Courses on offer this year…book sooner rather than later for these popular offerings!
In partnership with Hahn Air, Hitit and AerCap
Date: 29 March | Venue: Protea Hotel OR Tambo, JHB
February 5, 2023. AASA News.
Airline leaders are inundated with advice, some of it unsolicited, to make sure that they develop their businesses in such a way that they generate multiple revenue streams in order to become profitable. Is it that simple?
In collaboration with aviation industry partners, Hahn Air, Hitit and AerCap, AASA has put together a one-day immersion experience for airline executives to engage with subject matter experts who will impart their experiences and knowledge for the benefit of participants. Read more...
Dates: 21 - 22 February & 7 - 8 March & 18 - 20 April 2023
January 28, 2023. AASA News. Registrations closed.
There comes a time when every one of us gets the chance to be the difference we aspire for ourselves, for our families, for our communities, for our country and for our planet. Now is that opportunity – let us do this together.
L A warm AASA welcome to a new Associate Member: Sabena Engineering
January 18, 2023. AASA News.
AASA is pleased to announce that Sabena Engineering has joined as an Associate Member.
Sabena Engineering is an international MRO provider offering maintenance and operational solutions for both civil and military aircraft. Part of the group Orizio, an international aerospace ecosystem, the company develops its MRO activities from its historic headquarters at Brussels Airport and its plant at Brussels South Airport.
The company has operational infrastructures in over 15 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and it's activities include Line & Base Maintenance, Aerostructure & Components repair, Engineering, Design & Manufacturing, Engine Services and 24/7 Operational support worldwide. Read more about the Benefits of AASA Membership...
L Protectionism of state carriers hinder SAATM progress - AASA CEO
January 16, 2023. CH Aviation News.
Tanzania will not join the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) in the next five years, according to the country's Permanent Transport Secretary, Gabriel Migire.
According to Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO, it is clear that SAATM is still some way from becoming a reality as protectionism of state carriers continues. Read more...
Most regional governments have recognised the potential rewards and are committed to implementing SAATM. But what is said and done can be quite different. Some of these governments, at the instigation of their national carriers, act contrary both to the spirit of SAATM and their bilateral air service agreements by imposing prejudicial requirements on the reciprocal nation's designated airlines. These manifest in the denial of reciprocal fifth-freedom traffic rights, differential pricing for aircraft landing and airport charges, as well as ground handling service and Foreign Operator Permit (FOP) fees.
Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO
January 2, 2023. News24.
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) says it has resolved a technical issue with refueling of aircraft that hit 41 flights at OR Tambo International Airport on 28 December, and it is putting in place new measures to ensure the problem doesn't recur. Read more...