Wings of Change Focus Africa

Johannesburg, RSA
2 - 3 July
Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch

Towards a More Resilient and Sustainable African Aviation

The IATA Wings of Change Focus Africa (WOCFA) stands as a premier industry event in the region, gathering aviation leaders, regulators, and subject matter experts to engage in discussions on the key challenges and opportunities in air transport. Together, they collaboratively formulate future strategies to enhance the utilization of air transport as a catalyst for economic and social development throughout the African region.

Africa is recognized as possessing the highest growth potential within the aviation industry among all regions. While our unwavering commitment to promoting safe, secure, and sustainable air transport across Africa remains steadfast, there is an urgent necessity to expedite the progress of aviation across the continent.

The next edition of WOCFA will take place on July 2-3 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Who attends?


Over 400 leaders, decision-makers, and influencers representing airlines, airports, government, agencies, air navigation service providers, international and regional associations, aviation suppliers, aircraft manufacturers, and other stakeholders.

Why get involved?


Engage in exclusive business, networking, and branding opportunities tailored for over 400 industry leaders and decision-makers. Gain privileged access to industry intelligence, staying abreast of the latest developments and trends.

  • Excellent Networking Opportunities: Connect with key industry figures.
  • In-Depth Market Overview: Attain a comprehensive understanding of the market and its evolving dynamics to effectively align your businessdevelopment strategies.
  • Learn from Primary Sources: Get firsthand insights into trends and current industry priorities, unlocking valuable business opportunities.
  • Premium Brand Exposure: Elevate your brand's visibility.
  • Showcase your Products and Services: Present your offerings to a targeted audience seeking your solutions.

WOCFA 2024 Teaser



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View the official WOCFA 2024 Program (pdf).

The upcoming Wings of Change Focus Africa (WOCFA) under the main theme "Towards a More Resilient and Sustainable African Aviation," promises to be a pivotal event for the aviation industry in the region. The program will be composed with insightful keynote speeches from distinguished industry leaders, interactive sessions and panel discussions focusing on the trajectory of regional aviation growth and trends that impact both regional and global aviation markets.

Attendees will delve into vital issues such as the enhancement of Africa's Aviation Infrastructure and Economic Regulations, the implementation of the Collaborative Aviation Safety Improvement Program (CASIP), and strategies for the adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Moreover, the Aviation Security panel is set to explore a range of comprehensive security measures designed to propel African aviation forward. These discussions aim to underscore Africa's expanding capabilities in air transport, emphasizing safety, sustainability, and economic development.

The WOCFA stands as a testament to the continent's commitment to advancing its aviation sector, setting a benchmark for innovation and resilience in the field.

We would like to hear your input on the topics you'd like to see addressed during WOCFA2024! Your valuable suggestions will help us create an engaging and enriching experience tailored to your interests. Share your ideas with the WOCFA Team, please use 'Ideas WOCFA 2024' as the subject line.

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Aviation Service Provider/Manufacturer


General Public


Developing Nations (DNA) discount

Organizations and/or individuals with their billing address in a developing nation are eligible for the reduced Developing Nations (DNA) price. The DNA discount for the attendees of WOCFA-2024 is 30%.

Countries/Territories eligible for Developing Nation (DNA) discount

IATA aligns its developing nations list on the Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients list compiled by OECD’s Development Assistance Committee.

To benefit from DNA discount please use the following code DNWOCFA24 at the end of your registration.

Please click on the link to see the list of eligible countries/Territories.



As the economic powerhouse of South Africa, Johannesburg plays a pivotal role in driving the continent's economic growth. The city is a global player in industries such as finance, mining, and telecommunications. Coupled with the efficiency of the O.R. Tambo International Airport, it is an apt setting for discussions on the future of aviation and its impact on the African economy. 

Johannesburg is a melting pot of cultures, representing the rich diversity of South Africa. Attendees of the Wings of Change Focus Africa can explore this diversity through the city's numerous museums, art galleries, and cultural precincts. The city boasts a modern skyline that mirrors its prominence in finance and commerce, and its vibrant street life and local markets provide a glimpse into the unique blend of traditions that characterize the city.

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IATA Wings of Change Focus Africa will be held at:

Marriott Melrose Arch Hotel   

42 The High Street, Melrose Arch,
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, 2076

For the convenience and comfort of attendees, we have secured preferential rates with two hotels that are ideally located across a single road from each other. These accommodations offer not only financial advantages through exclusive rates but also facilitate networking during your attendance at WOCFA. All registered attendees will receive direct booking links to benefit from negotiated rates. Due to high demand, rates and availability may vary.

Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch

The 2024 edition of Wings of Change Focus Africa will take place at the Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch. Conveniently located in the bustling heart of Johannesburg, in the vibrant Melrose Arch precinct, it provides easy access to the city's key business hubs and cultural attractions. Attendees can expect a seamless blend of comfort and sophistication, complemented by attentive service and top-notch amenities.

With its strategic location and impeccable facilities, the Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch sets the stage for meaningful exchanges, insightful discussions, and valuable networking opportunities during the IATA Wings of Change Focus Africa 2024.


Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Johannesburg Melrose Arch


Discover Hollywood elegance at our edgy, Johannesburg city center hotel. Famous for eclectic décor and Insta-Glam moments, you’ll feel like a celebrity at our progressive hotel located in the sought-after Melrose Arch precinct. The enticing restaurant is a gathering spot for both hotel guests and Johannesburg locals, serving up tasty burgers and decadent milkshakes in various exquisite flavors. Keep fit in the gym or work on your tan beside our outdoor pool. Visit popular sights near the 4-star hotel, such as Nelson Mandela Square and Johannesburg Zoo. Enjoy star-studded glamor during your stay in South Africa, at Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Johannesburg Melrose Arch.



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Focus Africa Conference 2023

The IATA Focus Africa Conference 2023 took place at the Skylight Hotel, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 20-21 June.

Recorded Sessions:

Day 1

Main Hall

Day 2

Main Hall 

Breakout Hall


Our Diversity & Inclusion Pledge


IATA believes that diversity of culture, gender, age, orientation, and experience boosts the success of the aviation industry. We actively encourage aviation professionals with diverse profiles to contribute to our events as speakers, panelists, facilitators, or in any other way.

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