A new Executive Committee takes the reins at the Board of Airline Representatives South Africa (BARSA) this week, steering the association in what aviation pundits have agreed is a challenging time for the sector.

BARSA, which represents the interests of international airlines in South Africa, has appointed Carla da Silva, Air Mauritius Regional Manager: Southern Africa and Latin America, as its new chairperson.

Michi Messner, Qantas Regional Manager Africa, and Darren Hay, South African Airways Manager – International Affairs, share the role of vice chairperson.

Additional EXCO members include:

  • Rakesh Raicar,Cathay Pacific Country Manager South Africa and Indian Ocean
  • Fasika Berhanu, Ethiopian Airlines Regional Manager South Africa
  • Dr. Andre Schulz,Lufthansa General Manager South Africa
  • Jonathan Minnett, Qatar Airways Country Manager South Africa

BARSA CEO June Crawford describes the new EXCO as a mix of solid airline industry experience and fresh thinking; an influential combination that will bolster the association’s efforts to further enhance the role of the international airline industry in South Africa.

“The value that the international airline industry brings directly and indirectly to the South African economy is significant, contributing over R20bn and 116,000 jobs, according to IATA,” explains June.

As the newly appointed chairperson, adds Carla, her focus and that of the new EXCO over the coming year, will be on forging stronger relationships with government to support South Africa with its tourism number targets.

“More importantly, BARSA will continue its efforts to ensure the sustainability and growth of the aviation sector by working with all key stakeholders,” she says.

The appointment of a new BARSA EXCO comes as the aviation sector stands resolute against several challenges experienced this year, such as the implementation of South Africa’s new Immigration Regulations, increasing costs and revenue volatility, and changing requirements of doing business in South Africa.

“The new EXCO will therefore remain focused on furthering the role BARSA and its member airlines play in the South African economy to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of passengers and cargo to all parts of the world and maintain the highest level of expertise and professionalism,” concludes June.


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Contact:         Natalia Rosa

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