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Air Transport and Airport Ground Handling Services
BY Liz Kneale
South Africa
29 June 2018
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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Air Transport and Airport Ground Handling Services


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. According to the Department of Transport, South Africa has 135 licensed airports located throughout the country. In this sector, the state-owned South African company, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), oversees 11% of the world’s airspace.


Challenging Conditions


National carrier South African Airways (SAA) is experiencing an extremely volatile and controversial period and is confronted by numerous challenges, including poor governance and maladministration. At the same time, its subsidiary, South African Express has been grounded. Added to these problems are the competition from low-cost carriers and rapidly increasing costs which include higher oil prices and high labour costs. Of concern to local players is the emergence of big players on the African continent which has had a negative impact on SAA’s role as a travel hub into Africa. African players such as EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways are taking market share on the continent, while international players such as Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates pose a more serious threat.


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.


Page
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