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Air Transport and Airport Ground Handling Services: With unmanned aerial vehicles taking to the skies in increasing numbers, the civilian air transport industry finds itself navigating through unchartered airspace. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned that drones have emerged as "a real and growing threat" to civilian aircraft safety. Addressing an aviation conference in Singapore, Tony Tyler, the Director General and CEO of IATA commented, "I am as excited as you are about the prospect of having pizza delivered by a drone, but we cannot allow drones to be a hindrance or safety threat to commercial aviation." Mr Tyler emphasised that the threat to the safety of civilian aircraft was real. In January 2016, the United Kingdom Air Proximity Board reported that there were four near-miss incidents involving drones at airports in the United Kingdom, including a narrowly averted collision between a drone and a Boeing 737. In South Africa, the recent crash landing of a drone at Eskom’s Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, north of Cape Town, has brought the issue into sharp focus. Adding to this emergent threat is the escalation of geopolitical tensions and acts of terrorism.


Opportunities and Challenges:
South Africa, notwithstanding its ‘end-of-hemisphere’ location, has emerged as a key regional air transport hub, connecting Southern African nations to other cities on the continent, as well as to international destinations and markets across the globe. With oversight of more than a tenth of the world’s airspace, South Africa also plays a vital role as custodian of the southern skies. As an economic multiplier, the South African civil aviation industry supports tourism, trade, commerce and industry, both domestically and beyond the nation’s borders. Some companies operating in the sector are involved in ground-breaking research in the field of aviation bio-fuel development, while others are engaged in the development of innovative applications for remotely piloted drones. South Africa’s airport network serves as a gateway into sub-Saharan Africa’s developing economies, where opportunities for charter flight operators and helicopter services, training service providers, as well as airport ground handlers are plentiful. The nation’s national flag carrier, South African Airways (SAA), is the leading airline in Africa and, as a member of Star Alliance, is part of the world’s largest international airline network. However, Africa’s aviation landscape is changing rapidly and SAA, which currently finds itself mired in debt, scandals and controversy, is facing robust challenges to its regional dominance. Despite a measure of relief offered by lower aviation fuel prices and the relaxation of certain obstructive visa conditions, many of South Africa’s private airlines remain under pressure, as they try to carve a niche in an industry characterised by anti-competitive practices.



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.

Table Of Contents

Air Transport and Airport Ground Handling Services in South Africa 2016
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 (RandD) 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 and 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

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