Hilka Birns is a journalist with ch-aviation, the global aviation news and business intelligence service. She began her career in 1986 as a television news reporter in Namibia before working as a producer in the UK. After returning to South Africa in 1990, Hilka joined the SA Press Association newswire reporting on the country’s turbulent transition to democracy.
Since 1995, she has covered aviation, travel and tourism in Southern Africa for various industry media, including Flight International, African Aerospace, World Airnews, Travel News Weekly and Southern & East African Tourism Update.
Hilka is a former Johannesburg Editor of Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) Southern Africa, Cape Town Editor of Now Media, and Managing Editor of Travel Industry Review Southern Africa. Her articles have also appeared in the Sunday Times; Finance Week; The Mail & Guardian; News24, SA Journal of Trade, Industry & Investment; Portfolio of Black Business in Southern Africa; and Business in Africa.