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Linden Birns
Plane Talking
PR & Media Advisor to AASA

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  L  AASA calls for visa-free travel in Africa  

11 October. 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 

9 October. 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 is
sued 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
8 October. 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...

[AASA NEWS RELEASE]

AASA’s 2023-24 Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson elected
October. 

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. 

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. 
Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO

  L  Angola to Host the 53rd AASA Annual General Assembly
27 September. Victoria Moores for Air Transport World/AWN.

 

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...

[AASA NEWS RELEASE]

Southern African airlines hindered in supporting economic growth - AASA proposes remedies

October. 
 

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! Aaron Munetsi, AASA CEO 

 

As remedies, AASA proposes that authorities:

  • Permit the establishment of at least 200 new intra-Africa city pairs by 2030.

  • Ensure airports in the region are operationally fit-for-purpose, cost-efficient, and subject to industry service level agreements.

  • Apply user charges, taxes, and other statutory charges on air travel that are realistic, and reflect the services and facilities provided.

  • Make intra-Africa travel visa-free for all passport holders.

  • Provide a regulatory framework that enables the provision of competitive and affordable intra-Africa travel and air cargo services.

  • Standardise training curricula, qualifications, and licenses so that anyone with aviation skills acquired in one African country can work anywhere on the continent.   

 

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.

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