AIRLIFT & AIR ACCESS
The aviation industry has experienced much activity over the last couple of years as many new airlines entered the local and regional markets making use of a growing air access hub in Gauteng, Lanseria International Airport. International carriers have also expanded their routes into Africa and with further development in the pipeline, we are certainly heading into an exciting period in Africa’s aviation sector. BARSA (Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa) and AASA (Airlines Association of Southern Africa) continue to coordinate the airline consultations with the Department of Transport for the development of the Aviation Charter in terms of the new B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice. AASA together with IATA and BARSA are involved in consultations which will lead to the Regulating Committee publishing amendments to charges for the five years effective from 1 April 2015 to March 2020.
In addition AASA continues to represent its member’s interests in the development of the Airlift Strategy, National Civil Aviation Policy, and the National Airport Development Plan under the leadership of the Department of Transport. On the development front, new domestic airline Blue Crane commenced operations affording passengers a wider variety of airlines to choose from. SAA Express also launched its new route in the North West Province, as well as a Durban-Harare route; giving an opportunity for car rentals to operate in and around these airports in the North West province.
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