African Airlines Association
Formation1 April 1968; 54 years ago (1968-04-01)
Legal statusAssociation
PurposeAirline trade association
Coordinates01°19′30″S 36°50′20″E / 1.32500°S 36.83889°E / -1.32500; 36.83889Coordinates: 01°19′30″S 36°50′20″E / 1.32500°S 36.83889°E / -1.32500; 36.83889
Region served
Official language
English, French
Abdérahmane Berthé[1]
Main organ
General Assembly

The African Airlines Association ( French: Association des Compagnies Aériennes Africaines), abbreviated AFRAA, is a trade association of airlines which hail from Africa. AFRAA was founded in Accra, Ghana in 1968, and is, as of February 2021, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. The primary purpose of AFRAA is to establish and facilitate co-operation between African airlines.[2]

The formation of the African Airlines Association was the result of historic developments and economic imperatives. In the early 1960s, a great number of African States acceded to independence and created their own national airlines. Most of these airlines became members of the International Air Transport Association.

AFRAA has its conceptual beginning in 1963, when a number of African airlines, taking the opportunity provided by the IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) began holding consultation meetings prior to the IATA AGMs to discuss matters of interest to African airlines and to adopt common positions. This was the first step towards the creation of AFRAA. From that first step in Rome in 1963, the establishment in 1968 in Accra, of a regional organisation for the articulation of regional views and promotion of co-operation was undertaken by 14 founding members.


AFRAA as an association has the following strategic objectives:

Promote the industry best practices to support safe, secure and reliable air transport in Africa

Advocate for the reduction of costs of air transport services in Africa by reducing taxes, fees and charges

Strive for the implementation of cost-effective Human Resource Development

Lobby for market access to increase revenues and enhance connectivity for the aviation sector in Africa

Undertake the implementation of joint initiatives aimed at reducing operating costs for airlines, increase revenues and market share

Facilitate and encourage partnership among African airlines

Become a hub for data, intelligence and expertise on the African Aviation Industry[citation needed]


The highest policy making body of the Association is the Annual General Assembly composed of Chief Executives of member airlines. The Annual General Assembly is presided over by the President of the Association. The President of the Association rotates annually.

The Executive Committee, composed of 11 members elected on a sub-regional basis among Chief Executives and ex-officio members with voting rights who are members of the IATA Board of Governors, exercises executive authority. Its function is to ensure supervision of the affairs, funds and property of the Association and formulation and determination of policies within the framework of Articles of Association, By-Laws and Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly.

The Secretariat serves as the administrative, co-ordination and research centre for the association. It is headed by a secretary general who is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the association. The current Secretary General is Mr. Abderahmane Berthe.

Steering Committees and Projects

AFRAA provides a forum through which member airlines meet to develop and consolidate common approach to key issues in the aviation industry.

AFRAA members

Any African Airline operating air services in the carriage of passengers and or cargo and meets the eligibility criteria may apply for membership as an Active or Associate member. The following is a list of the current AFRAA members.

Airline Country Year Joined AFRAA
AB Aviation  Comoros 2017
Afriqiyah Airways  Libya 2002
Air Algérie  Algeria 1968
Air Botswana  Botswana 1991
Air Burkina  Burkina Faso 2002
Air Djibouti  Djibouti 2019.[3]
Air Madagascar  Madagascar 1975
Air Mauritius  Mauritius 1985
Air Namibia  Namibia 2000
Air Peace  Nigeria 2019
Air Senegal  Senegal 2019[3]
Air Tanzania  Tanzania 1977
Air Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe 1981
Allied Air Cargo  Nigeria 2018
ASKY Airlines  Togo 2010
Astral Aviation  Kenya 2011
Badr Airlines  Sudan 2016
Cabo Verde Airlines  Cabo Verde 2014
Camair-Co  Cameroon 2012
CEIBA Intercontinental Airlines  Equatorial Guinea 2011
Congo Airlines  Democratic Republic of Congo 2016
Cronos Airlines  Equatorial Guinea 2015
EgyptAir (SA)  Egypt 1968
Ethiopian Airlines (SA)  Ethiopia 1968
Express AIR Cargo  Tunisia 2016
Jubba Airways  Kenya 2017
Kenya Airways (ST)  Kenya 1977
LAM Mozambique Airlines  Mozambique 1976
Libyan Airlines  Libya 1968
Mauritania Airlines  Mauritania 2015
Nile Air  Egypt 2016
Nouvelair  Tunisia 2017
Oveland Airways  Nigeria 2019
Precision Air  Tanzania 2006
Royal Air Maroc (OW)  Morocco 1977
RwandAir  Rwanda 2009
Safarilink Aviation  Kenya 2019[3]
Safe Air Company  Kenya 2016
South African Airways  South Africa 1994
South African Express  South Africa 2003
Sudan Airways  Sudan 1968
TAAG Angola Airlines  Angola 1978
Tassili Airlines  Algeria 2014
Tunisair  Tunisia 1968
Uganda Airlines  Uganda 2019[3]

AFRAA partners

Besides membership contributions to the association, AFRAA has partners, who also support the activities of the association through financial contributions and sponsorship of specific projects and programmes. Currently there are a number of companies including aircraft and engine manufacturers and other airlines service providers registered under the partnership programme. The aim of the partnership programme is to pool together the much needed additional support from industry-related organizations whilst enabling the partners to benefit from a relationship with an efficient, knowledgeable and influential air transport trade association in Africa.[4]

The AFRAA Partnership programme is open to all industry-related organisations that are interested in participating in the development of air transport in Africa. The programme aims to pool together resources and support from industry service providers while enabling partners to benefit from a relationship with a continental air transport trade organisation. Interested companies may apply for either full partnership or associate partnership of AFRAA.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "AFRAA appoints Abderahmane as new secretary general". The New Times. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  2. ^ AFRAA (2021). "About African Airlines Association". Nairobi: African Airlines Association (AFRAA). Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d Logistics Update Africa Correspondent (6 September 2019). "AFRAA Receives Safarilink, Air Djibouti, Air Senegal, Uganda Airlines As Members". Logistics Update Africa. New Bombay, India. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b AFRAA (2019). "AFRAA Partners List". Nairobi: African Airlines Association (AFRAA). Retrieved 13 September 2019.