South African aviation icon Chris Zweigenthal set to retire from AASA


(Posted 26th May 2021)

The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) earlier today announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Chris Zweigenthal, will retire from the organisation at the end of August 2021.

Mr Zweigenthal joined AASA in February 2002 as Deputy Chief Executive and was appointed CEO in March 2009. His retirement is for personal reasons and he will relocate to the USA to be closer to his children and grandchildren.

Chris is a legend in the Southern African air transport industry and is widely regarded for his tenacity, calm diplomacy and energetic work ethic. While we have confronted – and continue to face – serious challenges, the airline industry in Southern Africa is deeply indebted to Chris for the constructive engagement and goodwill that he has fostered across the sector. especially with government regulators, policy makers, legislators and state-run infrastructure service providers throughout the Southern African Development Community. We wish Chris and his family a well-deserved retirement. He will leave big shoes to fill,” said AASA Chairperson, Elmar Conradie.

Prior to AASA, Mr Zweigenthal, who is a civil engineer by profession, worked initially for Transnet. In 1988 he joined SAA where he held senior management positions in its Petroleum Affairs, Flight Operations and Marketing Planning departments and later as Vice President Global Passenger Services. While at SAA he was also seconded to Kampala for two-years as Managing Director of the South African, Tanzanian and Ugandan joint-venture carrier, SA Alliance Air.

A recruitment process is underway to find a successor to Mr Zweigenthal and ensure a smooth transition.

About AASA

AASA, represents most of the airlines in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region on matters of common interest. Its members include airport and air navigation service operators, aircraft and engine manufacturers, ground handlers, fuel suppliers and other role-players across the air transport value chain.

ATCNews extends best wishes to Chris for the future and expresses a great many thanks to him for the outstanding professional and personal relationship which had over the years developed between him and myself.

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