The ASA General Assembly has approved a number sweeping changes to the Statutes of the Association. The proposals, which come into effect on 1 January 2023, will transform the 12-year-old Trade Body into one that is better suited to the fast-changing air transport environment by offering greater expertise and wider membership. The New ASA aims to unite all aviation Service Providers under one strong association. All entities in aviation service markets can now apply for membership including ground handling, cargo, fueling services and ancillary services. Other outsourced services to airlines and airports who identify with ASA’s purpose and objectives can also apply.
Mr. Atilla Korkmazoğlu, ASA’s Chairman, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic and the sharp recovery in 2022 have been a wake-up call. In a complex aviation ecosystem where airlines are at the top of the value chain, the world has finally realized how central our services are to a safe and efficient air transport industry. We found it very difficult, if not outright impossible, to get access to the emergency funds provided to the aviation sector during the pandemic and bore
the brunt of the lockdown, losing up to 40% of our workforce in a matter of months.