Strategic Aviation Matters

BARSA is a strategic partner in achieving South Africa’s 2030 vision for the air transport sector, as articulated in the National Development Plan. In this regard, BARSA participates in and makes deliberate and well considered representations at all levels including but not limited to government departments, business forums and public organisations, as well as stakeholders within the broad travel and tourism value chain. BARSA not only represents members in matters affecting common interests but also contributes to the public discourse for sustainable industry development.

Air Transport Legislation

Aeropolitical, Policy, Regulation, Statutory Bodies - BARSA is actively involved in the development of legislation and the policy framework that governs air transport services in South Africa. BARSA adopts a collaborative approach in engaging especially the Department of Transport, which is the custodian of air transport legislation. Together with other industry players, BARSA also contributes to regulations pertaining to the civil aviation including aviation safety and security, as well as ease of passenger movement through airports.

Aviation Infrastructure

Airports, Airspace, Weather Services - BARSA is very involved in planning and provisioning of aviation infrastructure, and the suitability of this infrastructure and associated services provided to its members. BARSA participates in the consultations processes concerned with major projects at airports to ensure designs are operationally appropriate and cost effective. In this regard, the tariff negotiations allow all industry players, including BARSA, to balance the needs of various stakeholders and agree on a framework that provides for the development and delivery of world class infrastructure that meets the operational needs of our members.

Airport Operational Efficiencies

Procedures and Service Standards - BARSA, on behalf of its members, monitors airport operational efficiencies and the extent to which airport operators and other service providers meet the globally benchmarked standards and align with rules and regulations as set by ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), IATA (International Air Transport Association) and other global aviation organisations. For this reason, BARSA participates in many forums that cover issues pertaining to ground handlers, immigration, security, customer care and related airport operations agencies.

Environmental Issues

BARSA represents the airlines and works with the airports to ensure that issues such as noise sensitive activities are not located or developed within the air noise boundaries that surround the airport. BARSA is an active member of the Airport Transport Action Group (ATAG) and is committed to continuing to provide the many benefits of aviation, while reducing the industry’s footprint on the planet.