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Air Transport and Aviation Ground-Handling Services in South Africa 2024

Michael Felton | South Africa | 29 April 2024

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Gary Phillips | South Africa | 21 September 2022

Air Transport and Aviation Ground-Handling Services in South Africa 2021

Carole Veitch | South Africa | 02 September 2021

Air Transport and Aviation Ground-Handling Services in South Africa 2020

Liz Kneale | South Africa | 12 February 2020

Air Transport and Aviation Ground-Handling Services in South Africa 2018

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This report on the air transport industry and aviation ground-handling services in South Africa covers airlines, airports, and various support services such as air traffic control and ground handling, which play a crucial role in connecting South Africa domestically and internationally. The report includes comprehensive information on the number of airports and registered aircraft, flight volumes, passenger traffic, cargo carried and arrivals and departures. It covers notable players, corporate actions and developments, and influencing factors such as jet fuel availability, aviation safety and environmental issues. There are profiles of 41 companies including state-owned companies such as South African Airways and Airports Company South Africa, international players such as Cathay Pacific, Ethiopian Airlines and Emirates, and local players such as Cemair, Safair and Bidair Cargo.

Introduction

• Despite a recovery from the brink of collapse since the pandemic, the air transport and ground handling services industry challenges persist due to high ticket prices and soaring fuel costs. \r\n
• Carriers such as FlySafair, Airlink and CemAir have strengthened their positions, while new players such as LIFT Airline entered the market. \r\n
• South African Airways restarted intercontinental flights for the first time in three years in October 2023, while government’s sale of 51% of SAA collapsed. \r\n
• Air passenger transport is moving toward a level playing field after generations of state-owned airlines’ privileged position. \r\n
• Airport infrastructure and air navigation system deficits remain a hurdle.

Trends

• Adoption of advanced technologies for cargo handling.
• Advancements in ground support equipment, including electric and eco-friendly vehicles.
• Aircraft fleet modernisation to more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft.
• Digital transformation and technology integration.
• Heightened focus on data security and cybersecurity measures.
• Low-cost carrier and private business jet and charter growth and emergence of new airlines.
• The return of a smaller SAA is expected to facilitate domestic, regional and international routes.
• The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative.

Opportunities

•  Identify new routes and optimise existing ones to enhance connectivity.
• Advancements in cargo handling technology.
• Airport infrastructure development.
• Development of apps.
• Expanding cargo operations and investing in infrastructure to handle increased demand for ecommerce and logistics.
• Expanding or launching low-cost carrier operations.
• Expansion into African countries.
• Forming strategic partnerships and collaborations domestically and internationally.
• Invest in advanced technologies for ground handling operations.
• Investment in sustainable aviation initiatives.
• Safety training programmes.
• Single African Air Transport Market initiative.
• Strengthen data security and cybersecurity measures.
• Training and skills development initiatives.

Challenges

• Adherence to global standards
• Airport infrastructure congestion, constraints and limited capacity.
• Compliance with safety, security and operational standards requires.
• High operational costs.
• High prices, soaring fuel costs and reduced capacity impact recovery.
• Intense competition in the air transport sector.
• Limited financial resources for infrastructure development and improvements.
• Many airlines, including SAA, facing financial challenges.
• Poor economy suppressing consumer demand.
• Shortages of skilled aviation professionals.
• Stringent visa requirements and a limited number of air services agreements hinder South Africa’s international travel attractiveness.
• Sustainability and environmental issues.
• The collapse of airlines has disrupted the industry.
• The industry is vulnerable to global economic factors.
• Uncertainty in passenger growth forecasts and currency market fluctuations.

Outlook

• The aviation industry is set to return to pre-pandemic levels in 2024, although the growth of commercial and general aviation in South Africa has slowed down significantly. \r\n
• The shortage of new aircraft has been exacerbated by manufacturers delaying delivery.\r\n
• Increased fuel prices have led to carriers preferring routes with high returning yields. \r\n
• Incremental capacity additions by domestic carriers are expected to stimulate growth. \r\n
• The sustainable turnaround of SAA remains unclear. \r\n
• It is expected that the air cargo market will stabilise. \r\n
• The congestion at ports has caused air cargo volumes to increase. \r\n
• The pending release of the National Aviation Policy is anticipated to support growth and accessibility of air transport. \r\n
• Airlines are likely to increase their investment and usage of sustainable aviation fuels, with South Africa well-placed to become a leading global producer.

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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 2
2.1. Industry Value Chain 8
2.2. Geographic Position 9
2.3. Size of the Industry 13
3. LOCAL 22
3.1. State of the Industry 22
3.2. Key Trends 33
3.3. Key Issues 33
3.4. Notable Players 34
3.5. Corporate Actions 39
3.6. Regulations 41
3.7. Enterprise Development and Social Development 43
4. AFRICA 45
5. INTERNATIONAL 55
6. INFLUENCING FACTORS 64
6.1. Unforeseen Events 64
6.2. Economic Environment 66
6.3. Labour 67
6.4. Environmental Issues 71
6.5. Aviation Safety 73
6.6. Technology, R&D, Innovation 73
6.7. Government Support 74
6.8. Input Costs 75
7. COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT 76
7.1. Competition 76
7.2. Ownership Structure of the Industry 77
7.3. Barriers to Entry 77
8. INDUSTRY SUMMARY 79
9. OUTLOOK 80
10. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 81
11. REFERENCES 82
11.1. Publications 82
11.2. Websites 82
ANNEXURE 1 – INDUSTRY LEGISLATION 85
APPENDIX 1 – AIRPORTS, AERODROMES, AIR BASES AND AIRFIELDS 92
APPENDIX 2 – SUMMARY OF NOTABLE PLAYERS 97
Air Transport 97
Operation of Airports, Flying Fields, and Navigation Facilities 101
COMPANY PROFILES – AIR TRANSPORT 106
ACS Air Charter (Pty) Ltd 106
Air France-KLM SA 108
Air-Tec Aviation Maintenance (Pty) Ltd 115
Airlink (Pty) Ltd 116
Bidair Cargo (Pty) Ltd 119
British Airways PLC 121
C and G Air CC 125
Capital Air (Pty) Ltd 127
Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd 129
Cem Air (Pty) Ltd 133
Dellaria Leasing (Pty) Ltd 135
Deutsche Lufthansa AG 137
Emirates Group (The) 144
Ethiopian Airlines Group 148
Etihad Airways PSJC 151
ExecuJet Aviation (Pty) Ltd 154
Fair Aviation (Pty) Ltd 156
Federal Airlines (Pty) Ltd 158
Global Aviation Operations (Pty) Ltd 160
National Airways Corporation (Pty) Ltd 162
Owenair (Pty) Ltd 164
Qantas Airways Ltd 165
Qatar Airways Group Q.C.S.C. 171
Safair Operations (Pty) Ltd 174
Singapore Airlines Ltd 176
Solenta Aviation (Pty) Ltd 180
South African Airways SOC Ltd 182
SRS Aviation (Pty) Ltd 185
Star Air Maintenance (Pty) Ltd 186
Turk Hava Yollari AO 188
United Charter Services (Pty) Ltd 191
Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd 193
Zenith Air CC 196
COMPANY PROFILES – OPERATION OF AIPRPORTS, FLYING FIELDS AND NAVIGATION FACILITIES 198
Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company (SOC) Ltd 198
Airports Company South Africa SOC Ltd 202
Colossal Aviapartner(RF) (Pty) Ltd 207
Lanseria International Airport (Pty) Ltd 209
Menzies Aviation (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd 211
MH Aviation Services (Pty) Ltd 213
Primkop Airport Management (Pty) Ltd 215
Swissport South Africa (Pty) Ltd 217

Report Coverage

This report is on the air transport industry and aviation ground-handling services in South Africa. It includes comprehensive information on the size and state of the sector, flight, passenger and cargo volumes, the performance and state of notable players, corporate actions and developments. There are profiles of 44 companies including state-owned SAA and Air Traffic and Navigation Services, international airlines such as Qantas and Singapore Airlines, African airlines such as Ethiopian Airlines, ground handling companies including NAS Colossal Aviation Services and Swissport South Africa and cargo-handling companies such as Menzies Aviation and Bidair Cargo.\r\n

Introduction

• The passenger and cargo air transport industry has been brought to the brink of collapse during the pandemic. \r\n
• Its recovery has been hampered by high ticket prices due to the collapse of airlines, which reduced capacity, and soaring fuel prices. \r\n
• With the failure of Comair, SAA and SA Express and the grounding of low-cost airlines, the air transport landscape has changed significantly. \r\n
• The industry faces consumer demand supressed by high inflation, low economic growth and poor business confidence. \r\n
• FlySafair, Airlink and CemAir strengthened their positions in 2022. \r\n
• Air cargo airlines have recovered more quickly than passenger airlines, private business jet airlines have grown and the private charter industry has been resilient.

Strengths

• Air Traffic and Navigation Services has jurisdiction over 10% of the world’s air space and so plays a key role in the global aviation sector.
• South Africa has a strong air charter and aircraft leasing industry, with growing business jet charter markets.
• South Africa has an established air transport industry, which has a sound safety record and is well-regulated.
• South African flight schools are highly regarded and attract cadet pilots from all over the world.
• South Africa’s domestic and regional air connectivity is the highest in Africa through its extensive airport network and domestic capacity to service Southern Africa through scheduled flights, charter flights and air shuttle services.
• The aviation industry is an economy multiplier, supporting tourism, trade, commerce and industry and generating jobs across the value chain.
• The country’s major airports are of a high standard.

Weaknesses

• High operating costs.
• South Africa is a long-haul destination, placing the air transport industry at a cost disadvantage.
• The inability to attract and retain highly skilled staff, especially pilots. There is a shortage of professionals with the requisite expertise and experience.
• There is a low level of transformation of licensed aviation personnel such as pilots and maintenance engineers.

Opportunities

• Greater use of drones in commercial applications.
• Implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market initiative of the African Union may liberalise continental air transport markets, reduce ticket prices and increase air connectivity in Africa.
• Opportunities for local airlines and ground-handling services providers to extend their reach into other African countries.

Threats

• Climate change and the increasing severity and frequency of extreme weather events.
• Domestic political instability leading to further unrest.
• International COVID-19 related travel restrictions continue to plague the recovery of the air transport industry.
• Poor economic growth domestically and regionally dampening passenger and air cargo transport recovery and growth.
• Rapidly rising airport charges as ACSA-owned airports seek to recover from revenue losses and capital expenditure postponements experienced during COVID-19.
• Soaring jet fuel prices due to global shocks.

Outlook

• The air transport industry is attempting to recover from the pandemic with reduced capacity and rising costs in a context of fragile demand. \r\n
• The collapse of SAA, SA Express, Mango and Comair have created a gap, and airlines that have been able to manage costs and access capital to expand capacity have begun to do so. \r\n
• FlySafair, Airlink and CemAir strengthened their position while Lift Airline launched during the pandemic. \r\n
• The return of SAA as a smaller airline will facilitate the recovery of domestic, regional and international routes. \r\n
• Air cargo operations, general aviation and drones are areas of opportunity and growth. \r\n
• Air cargo growth is reliant on economic and trade growth. \r\n
• Airport and air navigation infrastructure development was dealt a blow by the pandemic and expansion is dictated by budgets.

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Table of Contents

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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 4
2.2. Geographic Position 6
2.3. Size of the Industry 9
2.4. Key Success Factors and Pain Points 16
3. LOCAL 17
3.1. State of the Industry 17
3.2. Key Trends 24
3.3. Notable Players 26
3.4. Corporate Actions 31
3.5. Regulations 35
3.6. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 38
4. AFRICA 39
5. INTERNATIONAL 44
6. INFLUENCING FACTORS 51
6.1. COVID-19 51
6.2. Economic Environment 51
6.3. Labour 53
6.4. Aviation Safety 58
6.5. Environmental Issues 58
6.6. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 59
6.7. Input Costs 62
7. COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT 64
7.1. Competition 64
7.2. Ownership Structure of the Industry 66
7.3. Barriers to Entry 66
8. SWOT ANALYSIS 67
9. OUTLOOK 68
10. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 69
11. REFERENCES 70
11.1. Publications 70
11.2. Websites 72
APPENDIX 1 – South African Airports, Aerodromes, Air Bases and Airfields 73
APPENDIX 2 – Summary of Notable Players 75
Air Transport 75
Operation of Airports, Flying Fields and Air Navigation Facilities 79
COMPANY PROFILES 83
ACS Air Charter (Pty) Ltd 83
Air France-KLM SA 85
Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company Ltd 93
Air-Tec Aviation Maintenance (Pty) Ltd 97
Airlink (Pty) Ltd 99
Airports Company South Africa SOC Ltd 104
Alitalia - Societa Aerea Italiana S.p.A. 109
Bidair Cargo (Pty) Ltd 111
British Airways PLC 113
C and G Air CC 117
Capital Air (Pty) Ltd 119
Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd 121
Cem Air (Pty) Ltd 126
Dellaria Leasing (Pty) Ltd 128
Deutsche Lufthansa AG 130
Emirates Group (The) 138
Ethiopian Airlines Group 143
Etihad Airways PJSC 146
ExecuJet Aviation (Pty) Ltd 150
Fair Aviation (Pty) Ltd 152
Federal Airlines (Pty) Ltd 154
Global Aviation Operations (Pty) Ltd 156
Lanseria International Airport (Pty) Ltd 158
Mango Airlines SOC Ltd 160
Menzies Aviation (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd 163
MH Aviation Services (Pty) Ltd 165
NAS Colossal Aviation Services (Pty) Ltd 167
National Airways Corporation (Pty) Ltd 170
Owenair (Pty) Ltd 173
Primkop Airport Management (Pty) Ltd 175
Qantas Airways Ltd 177
Qatar Airways Group Q.C.S.C. 183
S R S Aviation (Pty) Ltd 186
Safair Operations (Pty) Ltd 188
Sahara African Aviation Maintenance (Pty) Ltd 190
Singapore Airlines Ltd 191
Solenta Aviation (Pty) Ltd 195
South African Airways SOC Ltd 197
Star Air Maintenance (Pty) Ltd 202
Swissport South Africa (Pty) Ltd 204
Turk Hava Yollari AO 207
United Charter Services (Pty) Ltd 210
Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd 212
Zenith Air CC 215

Report Coverage

This report focuses on the air transport industry and aviation ground-handling services in South Africa including airlines, airports and an array of support services such as air traffic and navigation services and ground handling. It includes comprehensive information on the size and state of the sector, air cargo, arrivals and departures, the aircraft register, airports, performance of major players and corporate actions. There are profiles of 40 companies including airlines such as SAA and Comair, airport operator Airports Company South Africa, companies involved in aircraft leasing such as Global Aviation Operations and companies involved in ground handling such as Menzies Aviation and Swissport.

Introduction

South Africa’s civil aviation industry is made up of airlines, airports and an array of support services, such as air traffic and navigation services and ground handling. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, 25.65 million passengers departed from South African airports and more than 500,000 tons of airfreight was handled in 2019. The air transport industry and its value chain generated total revenue of around R85.64bn (US$5.2bn) , with air transport-dependent tourism contributing a further R70.82bn (US$4.3bn) to the South African economy. The sector stimulated economic activity and enabled domestic, regional and international trade and tourism. \r\n\r\nThe pandemic lockdown that started in March 2020 grounded thousands of aircraft globally and severed air service connections between cities worldwide. Passenger departures from South African airports plunged by 78% in 2020 and revenues generated by the air transport industry and its value chain nose-dived by 49% to R36.23bn. Although the reopening of the skies has brought ameasure of relief, aviation has been dealt a harder blow than most other sectors and is in crisis. Stakeholders say that urgent interventions are needed to save the sector, which has provided vital services during the pandemic and in the aftermath of recent civil unrest.\r\n

Strengths

• Air Traffic and Navigation Services has jurisdiction over 10% of the world’s air space and so plays a key role in the global aviation sector.
• South Africa has an established aviation industry, which has a sound safety record and is well-regulated.
• South African flight schools are highly regarded and attract cadet pilots from all over the world.
• The aviation industry is an economic multiplier. It supports tourism, trade, commerce and industry, generating jobs across the value chain.
• The country’s major airports are of a high standard.

Weaknesses

• High operating costs.
• Inability to attract and retain highly skilled staff at state-owned entities.
• South Africa is a long-haul destination, placing the aviation industry at a disadvantage, as long-haul flights are costly to operate.
• There is a low level of transformation in the industry.
• There is a shortage of professionals with the requisite expertise and experience.

Opportunities

• Greater use of commercial drones, including the possibility of aerial taxis.
• Opportunities in the air transport industry for local airlines and ground services providers in other African countries.
• Single African Air Transport Marketing and the African Continental Free Trade Area agreements will increase connectivity and open up markets on the African continent.
• The training of African cadet pilots and /or the establishment of flight schools and technical training academies in African countries where such institutions are lacking.

Threats

• Climate change and the increasing severity and frequency of extreme weather events.
• Competition from African airlines, notably Ethiopian Airlines, is eroding South Africa’s position as the aviation hub for sub-Saharan Africa.
• Economic pressures, domestically, regionally and globally dampen passenger and cargo volumes.
• Exchange rate volatility.
• Further supply chain disruptions will negatively affect the provision of airfreight services.
• Health risks and continued pandemic-related disruptions on travel and tourism.
• Heightened safety and security risks, both internal and external, from terror attacks, crime, aircraft crashes, accidents, diseases and cyber-attacks.
• The disruptive impact of power interruptions.
• The potential for a resurgence in civil unrest.
• The volatility of the jet fuel price.

Outlook

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Table of Contents

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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 4
2.2. Geographic Position 6
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 8
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 12
4.1. Local 12
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 18
4.1.2. Regulations 22
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 24
4.2. Continental 25
4.3. International 30
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 35
5.1. Coronavirus 35
5.2. Economic Environment 35
5.3. Government Interventions 37
5.4. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 38
5.5. Labour 41
5.6. Operating Costs 45
5.7. Safety and Security 45
5.8. Environmental Concerns 47
5.9. Cyclicality 49
5.10. Electricity Supply Constraints 49
6. COMPETITION 50
6.1. Barriers to Entry 51
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 52
8. OUTLOOK 53
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 54
10. REFERENCES 55
10.1. Publications 55
10.2. Websites 57
APPENDIX 1 59
South African Airports, Aerodromes, Air Bases and Airfields 59
APPENDIX 2 –Summary of Notable Players 61
Air Transport 61
Operation of Airports, Flying Fields and Air Navigation Facilities 65
COMPANY PROFILES - AIR TRANSPORT 70
AIR FRANCE-KLM SA 70
AIRLINK (PTY) LTD 78
ALITALIA - SOCIETA AEREA ITALIANA S.P.A. 82
BRITISH AIRWAYS PLC 84
C AND G AIR CC 88
CAPITAL AIR (PTY) LTD 90
CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS LTD 92
CEM AIR (PTY) LTD 96
COMAIR LTD 98
DELLARIA LEASING (PTY) LTD 103
DEUTSCHE LUFTHANSA AG 105
EMIRATES GROUP (THE) 116
ETIHAD AIRWAYS PJSC 120
EXECUJET AVIATION (PTY) LTD 123
FAIR AVIATION (PTY) LTD 125
FASTJET AFRICA (PTY) LTD 127
FEDERAL AIRLINES (PTY) LTD 129
GLOBAL AVIATION OPERATIONS (PTY) LTD 131
MANGO AIRLINES SOC LTD 133
NATIONAL AIRWAYS CORPORATION (PTY) LTD 135
OWENAIR (PTY) LTD 138
QANTAS AIRWAYS LTD 140
QATAR AIRWAYS Q.C.S.C. 146
S R S AVIATION (PTY) LTD 149
SAFAIR OPERATIONS (PTY) LTD 150

Introduction

This report focuses on the air transport industry, including passenger and cargo services, and airport ground handling services including operation of airports, flying fields and air navigation facilities, and excluding manufacturing.\r\n\r\nThe air transport industry is a major contributor to the South African economy as it facilitates the movement of passengers and cargo to, from and within the country. Air transport and foreign tourists travelling by air contribute 3.2% of GDP with the local air transport industry employing 70,000 people. 506,000 aircraft movements carry 42 million people and 477,000 tons of cargo to destinations and markets throughout the country and the world. Local industry developments are dominated by the business rescue of national carrier South African Airways (SAA) and the liquidity crisis of its subsidiary South African Express. SAA, SA Express and SAA Technical are included in the commission of inquiry into state capture, corruption and fraud in the public sector. Travel restrictions, airport closures and flight cancellations following the global outbreak of the coronavirus are reducing global air passenger and cargo volumes.

Strengths

• Air Traffic and Navigation Services has jurisdiction over 10% of the world’s air space and so plays a key role in the global aviation sector.
• South Africa has an established aviation industry, which has a sound safety record and is well-regulated.
• The aviation industry is an economic multiplier. It supports tourism, trade, commerce and industry, generating jobs across the value chain.
• The country’s major airports are of a high standard.

Weaknesses

• Dominant position of South African Airways limits new entrants.
• High capital investment and operating costs, which are also deterrents to new entrants.
• Inability to attract and retain highly skilled staff due to reputational damage caused by maladministration.
• South Africa is a long-haul destination, and this places the aviation industry at a disadvantage, as long-haul flights are costly to operate.
• State capture investigations into South African Airways, SA Express and SAA Technical.
• The business rescue of South African Airways and the liquidity crisis at its subsidiary SA Express.
• There is a shortage of professionals with the requisite expertise.
• There is a very low level of transformation in the industry.

Opportunities

• Meeting the leisure and business travel requirements of the growing middle class.
• Opportunities in the air transport industry for local airlines and ground services providers in other African countries.
• Single African Air Transport Marketing and the African Continental Free Trade Area agreements will increase connectivity and open up markets on the African continent.
• The training of African cadet pilots and /or the establishment of flight schools and technical training academies in African countries where such institutions are lacking.

Threats

• Competition from African airlines decreases South Africa’s role as a gateway to the African continent.
• Competition war between legacy airlines and low-cost carriers.
• Exchange rate volatility.
• Heightened safety and security risks, both internal and external, from terror attacks, crime, aircraft crashes, accidents, diseases and cyber-attacks.
• Negative effect of crime and load shedding on tourism could lead to a reduction in airline passengers.
• Negative effect of travel restrictions, airport closures and flight cancellations, due to the coronavirus outbreak, on global passenger and cargo volumes.
• Negative effect of weak economy on passenger and cargo volumes.
• Shortage of pilots.
• Stringent visa requirements and the relatively limited number of air services agreements hinder the country’s ability to attract international travel
• The increasing severity of extreme weather conditions.
• The volatility of the jet fuel price.

Outlook

According to Airports Company of South Africa chairman Sandile Nogxina, the global airline industry continues to face significant challenges as economic activity remains inconsistent. “Between trade war threats, regional political instability, increased competition and flagging economic growth, global air travel no longer promises consistent profitable routes. Moreover, for airport operators, the pressure to become technologically advanced, to be more efficient and streamline the travel process for passengers has intensified, requiring coherent planning and capital expenditure to stay relevant”.\r\n\r\nThe International Air Transport Association forecasts that South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya are the top three aviation markets in Africa where growth is expected to be the strongest over the next two decades. South Africa has the potential to grow from 25 million to 53 million passengers by 2038, while in Kenya the market is forecast to increase from 7 million to 21 million and in Nigeria from 8 million to 20 million. However, it said that South Africa needs to overcome economic and political headwinds, reform its immigration policies, reduce charges, and undertake a widespread strategic approach to transport and aviation planning.\r\n\r\nChris Zweigenthal, chief executive of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa states that the biggest challenge facing the airline industry in Southern Africa is sustainability and implementing strategies to return airlines to profitability, or maintain profitability, under very difficult current trading conditions. “Airlines will need to find means to reduce costs, increase productivity and increase aircraft utilisation and yields in an environment where economic growth in South Africa and within the Southern African region is lower than the rest of Africa and currently lower than the global average.”\r\n\r\nArjan Meijer, chief commercial officer at Embraer Commercial Aviation, states that “the market in Africa presents significant opportunities for airlines to deliver the connectivity that the whole continent needs. Aircraft however should be right sized to develop those routes profitably; more than 90% of intra-African flights depart with fewer than 150 passengers onboard. And more than 70% of markets are served with less than one flight per day.”

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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 4
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 8
4.1. Local 8
4.1.1. Corporate Actions: South African Airways (SAA) 12
4.1.2. Corporate Actions: SA Express 18
4.1.3. Corporate Actions: General 19
4.1.4. Regulations 23
4.1.5. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 26
4.2. Continental 28
4.3. International 32
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 35
5.1. Economic Environment 35
5.2. Rising Operating Costs 36
5.3. Airport Infrastructure Development 37
5.4. Labour 39
5.5. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 45
5.6. Coronavirus 47
5.7. Safety and Security 48
5.8. Cyclicality 49
5.9. Environmental Issues 50
5.10. Electricity Supply Constraints 52
6. COMPETITION 53
6.1. Barriers to Entry 54
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 55
8. OUTLOOK 56
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 57
10. REFERENCES 59
10.1. Publications 59
10.2. Websites 60
APPENDIX 1 62
South African Airports, Aerodromes, Air Bases and Airfields 62
APPENDIX 2 - SUMMARY OF NOTABLE PLAYERS 64
Air Transport 64
Operation of Airports, Flying Fields & Air Navigation Facilities 67
APPENDIX 3 70
Projects and airline activity on the African Continent July 2018 to January 2020 70
COMPANY PROFILES – AIR TRANSPORT 79
AIR FRANCE-KLM SA 79
ALITALIA - SOCIETA AEREA ITALIANA S.P.A. 87
BRITISH AIRWAYS PLC 89
C AND G AIR CC 94
CAPITAL AIR (PTY) LTD 96
CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS LTD 98
CEM AIR (PTY) LTD 102
COMAIR LTD 104
DELLARIA LEASING (PTY) LTD 109
DEUTSCHE LUFTHANSA AG 111
EMIRATES GROUP (THE) 121
ETIHAD AIRWAYS PJSC 125
EXECUJET AVIATION (PTY) LTD 128
FAIR AVIATION (PTY) LTD 130
FASTJET AFRICA (PTY) LTD 132
FEDERAL AIRLINES (PTY) LTD 134
GLOBAL AVIATION OPERATIONS (PTY) LTD 136
MANGO AIRLINES SOC LTD 138
NATIONAL AIRWAYS CORPORATION (PTY) LTD 141
OWENAIR (PTY) LTD 144
QANTAS AIRWAYS LTD 146
QATAR AIRWAYS Q.C.S.C 151
S R S AVIATION (PTY) LTD 154
SA AIRLINK (PTY) LTD 155
SAFAIR OPERATIONS (PTY) LTD 159
SINGAPORE AIRLINES LTD 161
SOLENTA AVIATION (PTY) LTD 165
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SOC) LTD 167
SOUTH AFRICAN EXPRESS AIRWAYS (SOC) LTD 171
TURK HAVA YOLLARI AO 174
UNITED CHARTER SERVICES (PTY) LTD 177
VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS LTD 179
ZENITH AIR CC 183
COMPANY PROFILES – OPERATION OF AIRPORTS, FLYING FIELDS & AIR NAVIGATION FACILITIES 185
AIR TRAFFIC AND NAVIGATION SERVICES COMPANY LTD 185
AIRPORTS COMPANY SOUTH AFRICA SOC LTD 189
BIDAIR SERVICES (PTY) LTD 194
LANSERIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (PTY) LTD 197
MENZIES AVIATION (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 199
MH AVIATION SERVICES (PTY) LTD 201
SWISSPORT SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 203

Report Coverage

This report focuses on the scheduled air transport industry, including passenger and cargo services, and airport ground handling services including the operation of airports, flying fields and air navigation facilities. Profiles for 35 local and international companies active in the air transport sector are provided, ranging from British Airways subsidiary, Comair Ltd t/a kulula.com to Solenta Aviation (Pty) Ltd which in January 2017 acquired a 28% stake in Fastjet plc, the parent firm of Tanzanian LCC Fastjet and its Fastjet Zimbabwe sister carrier. Also provided are profiles for seven airport operators including market leader, Airports Company South Africa SOC Ltd t/a ACSA.

Introduction

Aviation is a key part of the economic lifeblood of South Africa, transporting people and goods across and outside the country, and stimulating economic activity, job creation, tourism and trade. Research indicates that 482,453 aircraft movements, 41.5 million passengers and 110,000 tonnes of cargo contribute approximately R50bn to South African GDP. The local industry is currently dominated by the precarious financial situation at national carrier South African Airways (SAA) and the grounding of its subsidiary South African Express.

Strengths

• South Africa has an established aviation industry, which has a sound safety record and is well-regulated.
• South Africa is a key regional air transport hub, connecting Southern African countries to international markets, as well as to other countries on the continent.
• The Air Traffic and Navigation Services SOC Ltd (ATNS) has jurisdiction over 11% of the world’s air space and thus plays a key role in the global aviation sector.
• The aviation industry is an economic multiplier. It supports tourism, trade, commerce and industry, generating jobs across the value chain.
• The country’s major airports are of a high standard.

Weaknesses

• Dominant position of the national carrier South African Airways limits new entrants.
• High capital investment and operating costs, which are also deterrents to new entrants.
• Inability to attract and retain highly skilled staff due to reputational damage caused by maladministration.
• The remoteness of South Africa’s ‘end-of-hemisphere’ location places the aviation industry at a disadvantage, as long-haul flights are more costly to operate.
• The unstable state of the national carrier South African Airways and the grounding of its subsidiary SA Express.
• There is a shortage of professionals with the requisite expertise.
• There is a very low level of transformation in the industry.

Opportunities

• Meeting the leisure and business travel requirements of the growing middle class.
• Opportunities in the air transport industry exist for local airlines and ground services providers in other African countries.
• Single African Air Transport Marketing agreement will increase connectivity and open up markets on the African continent.
• The training of African cadet pilots and /or the establishment of flight schools and technical training academies in African countries where such institutions are lacking.

Threats

• Competition from African airlines decreases South Africa’s role as a gateway to the African continent.
• Competition war between legacy airlines and low cost carriers.
• Exchange rate volatility.
• Heightened safety and security risks, both internal and external, from terror attacks, crime, aircraft crashes, accidents, diseases and cyber-attacks.
• Negative effect of weak economy on passenger and cargo volumes.
• Shortage of airline pilots and recruitment of South African pilots by international carriers.
• The increasing severity of extreme weather conditions.
• The volatility of the jet fuel price.

Outlook

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has forecast that the number of air passenger journeys to, from and within South Africa will more than double from the 23.6 million in 2016 to more than 54 million by 2036, resulting from an average annual growth rate of 4.3% in the country’s local and international air travel, significantly above the expected rate of 3.5% for the aggregated global industry. Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) estimates that its future airport expansion plans will create an additional 330,000 job opportunities to 2023, adding as much as 0.7% to the South African GDP on an average annual basis. \r\n\r\nComair’s CEO, Erik Venter, sees implementing air traffic liberalisation in Africa as part of the Single African Air Transport Marketing (SAATM) agreement as being widely beneficial. “South Africa’s aviation sector is hampered by sluggish economic growth and any improvement in those conditions would benefit the sector. Open Skies is likely to stimulate competition and demand on air routes within Africa and between the continent and the world, and could trigger significant growth for airlines and related sectors such as cargo, tourism, business travel and meeting friends and family. But Open Skies may well increase competition: airlines like Comair, which are already efficient and competitive, would probably cope well. Those airlines which are inefficient or are sustained artificially would probably fare less well.”

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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 5
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 13
4.1. Local 13
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 17
4.1.2. Regulations 25
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 28
4.2. Continental 30
4.3. International 33
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 36
5.1. White Paper on National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) 36
5.2. Economic Environment 37
5.3. Rising Operating Costs 38
5.4. Airport Infrastructure Development 39
5.5. Labour 40
5.6. Technology, Research & Development (R&D) and Innovation 43
5.7. Safety, Security and Crime 45
5.8. Cyclicality 46
5.9. Environmental Issues 47
6. COMPETITION 48
6.1. Barriers to Entry 49
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 51
8. OUTLOOK 52
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 52
10. REFERENCES 54
10.1. Publications 54
10.2. Websites 55
APPENDIX 1 57
South African Airports, Aerodromes, Air Bases and Airfields 57
APPENDIX 2 59
Projects and Airline Activity on the African Continent to Create Opportunities for Growth in the Air Transport Industry - September 2016 to May 2018 59
COMPANY PROFILES - Air Transport 67
AIR FRANCE-KLM SA 67
ALITALIA - SOCIETA AEREA ITALIANA S.P.A. 74
BRITISH AIRWAYS PLC 76
C AND G AIR CC 81
CAPITAL AIR (PTY) LTD 83
CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS LTD 85
CEM AIR (PTY) LTD 89
COMAIR LTD 91
DELLARIA LEASING (PTY) LTD 96
DEUTSCHE LUFTHANSA AG 98
EMIRATES 108
ETIHAD AIRWAYS PJSC 113
EXECUJET AVIATION (PTY) LTD 116
FAIR AVIATION (PTY) LTD 118
FASTJET AFRICA (PTY) LTD 120
FEDERAL AIRLINES (PTY) LTD 121
GLOBAL AVIATION OPERATIONS (PTY) LTD 123
KHUPHUKA KINGS AIRWAYS (PTY) LTD 125
MANGO AIRLINES SOC LTD 126
NAC HELICOPTERS CAPE TOWN (PTY) LTD 128
NATIONAL AIRWAYS CORPORATION (PTY) LTD 130
OWENAIR (PTY) LTD 133
QANTAS AIRWAYS LTD 135
QATAR AIRWAYS Q.C.S.C 141
S R S AVIATION (PTY) LTD 144
SA AIRLINK (PTY) LTD 145
SAFAIR OPERATIONS (PTY) LTD 148
SINGAPORE AIRLINES LTD 150
SOLENTA AVIATION (PTY) LTD 154
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SOC) LTD 156
SOUTH AFRICAN EXPRESS AIRWAYS (SOC) LTD 160
TURK HAVA YOLLARI AO 163
UNITED CHARTER SERVICES (PTY) LTD 166
VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS LTD 168
ZENITH AIR CC 171
COMPANY PROFILES - Operation of Airports, Flying Fields & Air Navigation Facilities 173
AIR TRAFFIC AND NAVIGATION SERVICES COMPANY LTD 173
AIRPORTS COMPANY SOUTH AFRICA SOC LTD 176
BIDAIR SERVICES (PTY) LTD 181
LANSERIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (PTY) LTD 184
MENZIES AVIATION (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 187
MH AVIATION SERVICES (PTY) LTD 189
SWISSPORT SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 191

Report Coverage

This report focuses on the civil aviation industry in South Africa, within the broader context of intra-African and international air transportation. The sector includes the scheduled air transport industry, which comprises both passenger and cargo services, as well as the charter flight industry and general recreational aviation activities. Airport ground handling, described by some stakeholders as the ‘step-child of the aviation industry’, also falls within the scope of this report, which investigates the local market, recent developments and factors influencing the success of the industry. The report profiles a wide spectrum of notable players in the industry, including the black female-owned and operated SRS Aviation (Pty) Ltd and the fledgling low-cost airline, Fly Blue Crane.

Introduction

This report focuses on the civil aviation industry in South Africa, within the broader context of intra-African and international air transportation. The sector includes the scheduled air transport industry, which comprises both passenger and cargo services, as well as general aviation, incorporating the charter flight industry and recreational aviation activities. Airport ground handling, described by some stakeholders as the ‘step-child of the aviation industry’, is also covered in this report. Notwithstanding its ‘end-of-hemisphere’ disadvantage, South Africa, which oversees over 10% of the world’s airspace, is regarded as a key regional aviation hub. With total revenue generated across the entire South African aviation value chain estimated to be in the region of R80bn, the sector is regarded as a vital catalyst for economic activity, as well as a key driver of both trade and tourism.

Strengths

• South Africa has an established aviation industry, which has a sound safety record and is well regulated.
• South Africa has jurisdiction over 10% of the world’s air space and, as such, plays a key role in the global aviation sector.
• South Africa is a key regional air transport hub, connecting Southern African countries to international markets, as well as to other countries on the continent.
• The aviation industry is an economic multiplier. It supports tourism, trade, commerce and industry, generating over 200,000 jobs across the value chain.
• The country’s major airports are of a high standard.

Weaknesses

• Although there has been a reduction in theft, baggage mishandling and pilferage continue to tarnish the image of the ground handling services sector.
• Given the high level of risk associated with the industry, institutional funding is difficult to procure.
• Operating costs are high.
• The remoteness of South Africa’s ‘end-of-hemisphere’ location places the aviation industry at a disadvantage, as long-haul flights are more costly to operate.
• The sector is uncompetitive. Passenger fares are generally high, particularly on secondary routes. The airfreight segment is also uncompetitive.
• There is a relatively low level of transformation in the industry.
• There is a shortage of professionals with the requisite expertise.

Opportunities

• Meeting the leisure and business travel requirements of the growing middle-class.
• Opportunities in the air transport industry exist for local airlines and ground services providers in other African countries.
• South African airports are well positioned to serve as gateways into sub-Saharan Africa’s developing economies.
• The provision of intra-African aero-medical evacuation services.
• The training of African cadet pilots and /or the establishment of flight schools and technical training academies in African countries where such institutions are lacking.

Threats

• An escalation in geopolitical tensions worldwide; acts of terrorism, including cyber hijacking.
• Exchange rate volatility.
• South Africa’s regional dominance is under threat from Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Angola.
• The increasing severity of extreme weather.
• The spread of highly contagious diseases, such as the Zika virus and yellow fever.
• The volatility of the jet fuel price, which, for most airlines, currently represents more than 30% of their total operating costs.

Outlook

South Africa’s beleaguered national carrier continues to face considerable challenges. While many stakeholders are confident that Treasury will provide yet another bail-out to the airline, several commentators believe that SAA is on the cusp of a radical overhaul. With the possible merger of state-owned airlines still on the agenda, some analysts say that given SAA’s R15bn debt burden, the disposal of various state assets remains the only feasible option available to the government. \r\n\r\nAlthough cheaper jet fuel and the relaxation of visa regulations have provided South Africa’s aviation industry with a measure of relief, stakeholders warn that the turbulent economic climate will continue to pose a significant threat to the sustainability of the country’s airline operators. With the escalation of geopolitical tensions and the threat of terrorism, security is expected to remain the key focus of airport ground handling services.

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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 5
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 8
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 18
4.1. Local 18
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 24
4.1.2. Regulations 26
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 29
4.2. Continental 30
4.3. International 33
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 36
5.1. Government Intervention 36
5.2. Labour 37
5.3. Economic Environment 40
5.4. Rising Operating Costs 41
5.5. Safety, Security and Crime 42
5.6. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 44
5.7. Environmental Concerns 47
5.8. Epidemiological Concerns 48
5.9. Cyclicality 49
6. COMPETITION 50
6.1. Barriers to Entry 52
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 53
8. OUTLOOK 54
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 55
10. REFERENCES 56
10.1. Publications 56
10.2. Websites 57
APPENDIX 1 60
Ground Handling Activities 60
APPENDIX 2 62
South African Airports, Aerodromes, Air Bases and Air Fields 62
COMPANY PROFILES – AIR TRANSPORT 64
Aero Africa (Pty) Ltd 64
Air France-KLM SA 66
British Airways Plc 75
C and G Air CC 80
Capital Air (Pty) Ltd 82
Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd 84
Cem Air (Pty) Ltd 88
Comair Ltd 90
Dellaria Leasing (Pty) Ltd 95
Deutsche Lufthansa AG 97
Emirates Group (The) 107
Etihad Airways PJSC 111
ExecuJet Aviation (Pty) Ltd 114
Fair Aviation (Pty) Ltd 116
Federal Airlines (Pty) Ltd 118
Fly Blue Crane (Pty) Ltd 120
Global Aviation Operations (Pty) Ltd 121
Khuphuka Kings Airways (Pty) Ltd 123
Mango Airlines SOC Ltd 124
NAC Helicopters Cape Town (Pty) Ltd 127
National Airways Corporation (Pty) Ltd 129
Owenair (Pty) Ltd 131
Qantas Airways Ltd 132
Qatar Airways Q.C.S.C 134
S R S Aviation (Pty) Ltd 136
SA Airlink (Pty) Ltd 137
Safair Operations (Pty) Ltd 140
Singapore Airlines Ltd 142
Solenta Aviation (Pty) Ltd 145
South African Airways (SOC) Ltd 147
South African Express Airways (SOC) Ltd 151
Turk Hava Yollari AO 154
United Charter Services (Pty) Ltd 157
Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd 158
Zenith Air CC 160
COMPANY PROFILES - OPERATION OF AIRPORTS, FLYING FIELDS & AIR NAVIGATION FACILITIES 162
Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company Ltd 162
Airports Company South Africa SOC Ltd 165
Bidair Services (Pty) Ltd 169
Express Air Services (Pty) Ltd 171
Lanseria International Airport (Pty) Ltd 173
Menzies Aviation (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd 176
MH Aviation Services (Pty) Ltd 178
Swissport South Africa (Pty) Ltd 180

Introduction

This report focuses on the civil aviation industry in South Africa, within the broader context of intra-African and international air transportation. As such, the study covers the scheduled air transport industry, which comprises both passenger and cargo flights, as well as general aviation, incorporating the charter flight industry and recreational aviation activities. Airport ground handling, described by some stakeholders as the ‘step-child of the aviation industry’, is also covered in this report. Aviation ground handling services include activities such as ramp services, passenger and baggage handling, communications, flight operations services, load control, as well as mail and cargo handling. Despite its ‘end-of-hemisphere’ disadvantage, South Africa is regarded as an aviation hub of primary importance on the African continent. According to the latest statistics released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the South African aviation industry contributes an estimated R74bn to the country’s annual gross domestic product. The industry is regarded as an economic enabler, supporting approximately 222 thousand jobs across the value chain. \r\n\r\nA spate of recent disasters has marred the centenary celebrations of the global commercial aviation industry, thrusting air safety concerns to the fore. Malaysia Airlines, still grappling with the disappearance of Flight MH370, which vanished under mysterious circumstances on 8 March 2014, has been left reeling following the downing of Flight MH17 by a surface-to-air missile fired from Eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014. The tragedy, coupled with the escalation of geopolitical tensions, has prompted numerous stakeholders to call for airlines to stop flying over conflict zones. Other significant challenges that have come into sharp focus include the increasing severity of extreme weather and its effect on aviation safety, the threat posed by cyber hijackers, as well as epidemiological concerns, notably the transmission of Ebola, which was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation on 8 August 2014.

Strengths

• South Africa has an established aviation industry which\nis relatively well regulated. The country’s airports are\ngenerally of a high standard.
• South Africa has jurisdiction over 11% of the world’s\nair space and, as such, plays a key role in the global\naviation sector.
• South Africa is a key regional air transport hub,\nconnecting Southern African countries to international\nmarkets, as well as to other countries on the continent.
• The aviation industry is an economic multiplier. It\nsupports tourism, trade, commerce and industry,\ngenerating over 220 thousand jobs across the value\nchain.

Weaknesses

• Baggage mishandling and pilferage have plagued the ground handling services sector.
• Lack of competition in the airfreight segment.
• Lack of competition on secondary routes.
• Operating costs are high.
• The remoteness of South Africa’s ‘end-of-hemisphere’\nlocation places the aviation industry at a disadvantage, as\nlong-haul flights are more costly to operate.
• There is a relatively low level of transformation in the industry.
• There is a shortage of professionals with the requisite expertise.

Opportunities

• Meeting the leisure and business travel requirements of\nthe growing middle-class.
• Opportunities in the air transport industry exist for\nlocal airlines and ground services providers in other\nAfrican countries.
• South African airports are well positioned to serve as\ngateways into sub-Saharan Africa’s developing\neconomies.
• The provision of intra-African aero-medical evacuation\nservices.
• The training of African cadet pilots and /or the\nestablishment of flight schools and technical training\nacademies in African countries where such institutions\nare lacking

Threats

• An escalation in geopolitical tensions worldwide; acts of terrorism, including cyber hijacking.
• Devaluation of the local currency.
• Middle Eastern airlines are increasing their market share on the African continent at the expense of African airlines.
• South Africa’s regional dominance is under threat from Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria.
• The high jet fuel price, which, for most airlines, currently represents more than 30% of their total operating costs.
• The increasing severity of extreme weather.
• The spread of highly contagious diseases, such as Ebola.

Outlook

Although analysts believe that the outlook of South Africa’s aviation industry is stable in the short term, they warn that the failure of South Africa’s state-owned commercial airlines to operate according to sound commercial principles renders the air transport industry inherently unsustainable, as the uneven playing field makes it difficult for private commercial airlines to survive. Stakeholders have suggested that if South Africa’s aviation sector is to continue to play a leading role in driving trade, tourism, business and industry on the continent, role players in the industry would do well to heed the advice of Tony Tyler, the Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), who recently commented that governments in the developing regions of Africa needed to view aviation not “as a luxury cash cow, but rather as a utilitarian, powerful draught horse that can pull the economy forward.\" \r\n\r\nThe arrival in South Africa of the Airbus A380, with its simultaneous two-deck loading, has been welcomed by local ground handlers. However, given that limited opportunities for growth currently exist in the domestic market, analysts believe that ground handlers will increasingly seek regional opportunities in the developing countries of Africa, where airport capacity expansion is taking place on a grand scale. \r\n\r\nThe resurgence of conflict and escalating global geopolitical tensions, particularly in the Middle East and Eastern Ukraine, pose a significant threat to both the passenger and airfreight segments of the air transport industry. The downing of Malaysia Airlines’ Flight MH17 by a surface-to-air missile in July 2014 has brought the world back to the brink of another Cold War. Indeed, analysts believe that the upturn in global economic activity may be short-lived and that sanctions will have a particularly negative impact on the air transport industry’s cargo segment.

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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Supply Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 5
3. SIZE AND STRUCTURE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 12
4.1. Local 12
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 15
4.1.2. Regulations & Government Programmes 16
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 18
4.2. Continental 19
4.3. International 20
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 23
5.1. Government Intervention 23
5.2. Labour 24
5.3. Economic Environment 25
5.4. Rising Input Costs 26
5.5. Cyclicality 27
5.6. Information Technology 27
5.7. Technology 28
5.8. Environmental Concerns 29
5.9. Epidemiological Concerns 29
5.10. Safety, Security and Crime 30
6. COMPETITION 31
6.1. Barriers to Entry 32
6.2. Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 33
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 34
8. OUTLOOK 34
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 35
10. REFERENCES 36
10.1. Publications 36
10.2. Websites 37
APPENDIX 1 38
South African Airports, Aerodromes, Air Bases and Air Fields 38
APPENDIX 2 39
Airport Statistics 39
APPENDIX 3 40
Route Network: South African Airways (SAA) 40
APPENDIX 4 42
Route Network: British Airways / International Airlines Group (IAG) – United Kingdom 42
APPENDIX 5 47
Route Network: Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong) 47
APPENDIX 6 49
Route Network: Deutsche Lufthansa AG (Germany) 49
APPENDIX 7 55
Route Network: Emirates (United Arab Emirates) 55
APPENDIX 8 59
Route Network: Etihad Airways (United Arab Emirates) 59
APPENDIX 9 62
Route Networks: Qantas Airways Ltd and Qantas subsidiaries, Jetstar and QantasLink (Australia) 62
APPENDIX 10 65
Route Network: Turkish Airlines (Turkey) 65
APPENDIX 11 72
Route Network: Virgin Atlantic Airways (United Kingdom) 72
APPENDIX 12 73
Review of ACSA-operated Airports for the Period 2009 - 2013 73
APPENDIX 13 74
Africa’s Busiest Airports - 2013 74
ORGANOGRAM 73000 75
Air Transport 75
COMPANY PROFILES 79
1TIME HOLDINGS LTD 79
AERO AFRICA (PTY) LTD 81
AIR FRANCE-KLM SA 82
BRITISH AIRWAYS PLC 89
C&G AIR CC 93
CAPITAL AIR (PTY) LTD 94
CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS LTD 95
CEM AIR (PTY) LTD 98
CFA AIR CHARTERS (PTY) LTD 99
COMAIR LTD 100
DELLARIA LEASING (PTY) LTD 103
DEUTSCHE LUFTHANSA AG 104
EMIRATES GROUP (THE) 112
ETIHAD AIRWAYS PJSC 117
EXECUJET AVIATION (PTY) LTD 119
FAIR AVIATION (PTY) LTD 121
FEDERAL AIRLINES (PTY) LTD 122
GLOBAL AVIATION OPERATIONS (PTY) LTD 124
IMPERIAL AIR CARGO (PTY) LTD 125
KHUPHUKA KINGS AIRWAYS (PTY) LTD 126
MANGO AIRLINES (SOC) LTD 127
NAC HELICOPTERS CAPE TOWN (PTY) LTD 129
NATIONAL AIRWAYS CORPORATION (PTY) LTD 130
OWENAIR (PTY) LTD 132
QANTAS AIRWAYS LTD 133
QATAR AIRWAYS INC 136
SA AIRLINK (PTY) LTD 138
SAFAIR OPERATIONS (PTY) LTD 140
SINGAPORE AIRLINES LTD 142
SOLENTA AVIATION (PTY) LTD 145
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SOC) LTD 147
SOUTH AFRICAN EXPRESS AIRWAYS (SOC) LTD 151
TURK HAVA YOLLARI AO 154
UNITED CHARTER SERVICES (PTY) LTD 156
VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS LTD 157
ZENITH AIR CC 159
ORGANOGRAM 74134 160
Operation of Airports 160
COMPANY PROFILES 161
AIR TRAFFIC & NAVIGATION SERVICES SOC LTD 161
AIRPORTS COMPANY SOUTH AFRICA SOC LTD 163
BIDAIR SERVICES (PTY) LTD 166
EXPRESS AIR SERVICES (PTY) LTD 168
LANSERIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (PTY) LTD 170
MENZIES AVIATION (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 172
MH AVIATION SERVICES (PTY) LTD 174
SWISSPORT SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 175