The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) is the leading trade association of airlines which hail from the nations of the African Union.

Establishment: Founded in Accra, Ghana, in 1968.

Membership: 50 airlines comprising of all the major intercontinental African operators and the Association’s members represent over 85% of total international traffic carried by all African airlines.

Partnership: 35 partners enrolled in the AFRAA partnership programme for the development of air transport in Africa. Partners comprise of aircraft and engine manufacturers, aviation equipment and component suppliers, global distribution companies, IT & e-commerce solution providers and other non-airline entities in the aviation sector.


“A sustainable, interconnected and affordable Air Transport industry in Africa where African Airlines become key players and drivers to African economic development.”

“To promote, serve African airlines and champion Africa’s aviation industry”


AFRAA believes in:

  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Commitment to serve
  • Partnerships
  • Transparency
  • Result Orientation

AFRAA as an association has the following strategic objectives:

  • Safe, secure and reliable air transport;

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

  • Enhance the visibility, reputation and influence of African Airlines in the global Aviation industry;
  • Sustainable air transport;

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

  • Cooperation

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

  • Data intelligence

Become a hub for data, intelligence and expertise on the African Aviation Industry