News media, online events and social media platforms are key channels AASA utilises to advance its advocacy messages to a range of stakeholder audiences, including government policy-makers, legislators, regulatory bodies, public health authorities, the business and financial community, as well as industry suppliers and partners.

AASA’s views and messaging on behalf of its Members and the industry features in print, online and broadcast media reports are listed in the table below.

DateDescription

22 – 24 July 2019
Mr. Chris Zweigenthal attended the AU/AFCAC Workshop on SAATM preparedness in Kigali.
29 – 30 August 2019
Mr. Chris Zweigenthal and Ms. Tatum Kok attended the SACAA National Gender Summit on 29 and 30 August 2019 where Mr. Zweigenthal gave a short presentation, and signed a pledge in support of gender equality.
7 September 2019
Mr. Chris Zweigenthal attended the IATA Regional Aviation Forum in Nairobi on 7 September 2019, and moderated a panel discussion.
24 – 28 September 2019
Mr. Chris Zweigenthal attended the 40th ICAO Assembly.
26 – 28 September 2019
Mr. Vivendra Lochan represented AASA at the CAASA Symposium in Stellenbosch.
10 – 12 November 2019
Mr. Chris Zweigenthal and Mr. Vivendra Lochan attended the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) AGA in Mauritius.
7 - 9 February 2020
Mr. Chris Zweigenthal attended the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) Strategic Planning Workshop.
4 March 2020
Parliamentary Portfolio Committee presentation: AASA submission on the Civil Aviation Amendment Bill [b 44- 2018].
9 March 2020
Mr. Chris Zweigenthal: Stakeholder engagement meeting with the Minister of Tourism.
17 April 2020
Mr. Chris Zweigenthal Business Day TV interview: Turbulent times for airlines discussion with Michael Avery.
29 April 2020
Radio interview with SAfm Radio: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal spoke about its approach to National Treasury to ask for urgent government intervention in the airline industry due to the prohibition of air travel as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
29 April 2020
Radio interview with Power FM: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal spoke on Power FM on South Africa’s aviation industry being ‘on verge of collapse’ and about writing to the National Treasury to ask for urgent government intervention in the airline industry.
5 May 2020
China Global Television Network interview: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal commented on the dire situation of aviation in Southern Africa.
6 May 2020
Morning Live TV interview: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal discusses the need for support for airlines in the Southern African region.
7 May 2020
CNBC Africa interview: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal spoke on CNBC’s Africa Power Lunch show on how Southern Africa’s airline industry is impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and how Africa’s airlines will recover from the losses during the pandemic.
24 May 2020
Carte Blanche TV feature on the airline industry: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal participated in this feature. Most international borders closed, fleets of planes grounded, millions of passengers and billions lost in revenue. The airline industry is facing an unprecedented crisis. The Centre for Aviation predicts that most airlines around the world will soon be bankrupt even as countries ease their lockdown.
4 June 2020
Radio interview with 702: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal is interviewed by Joanne Joseph.
5 June 2020
ETV interview: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal spoke about the restart of the aviation industry.
8 June 2020
Radio interview with VOW (Voice of Wits) FM: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal spoke about the impact of Covid-19 on the aviation industry.
29 June 2020
Newzroom Afrika interview: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal spoke about aviation regulations.
1 July 2020
Global Business Travel Association (GBTA SA) Conversation that Counts: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal discussed the impact of COVID 19 on aviation.
23 July 2020
Africa Tomorrow (AVIADEV) panel discussion: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal, joined other industry leaders including: Mr. Abderahmane Berthe [Secretary General, African Airlines Association (AFRAA)]; Mr. Sanjeev Gadhia [(Vice Chairman, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)]; and Mr. Raphael Kuuchi [Special Envoy to Africa on Aero-Political Affairs, International Air Transport Association (IATA)] to discuss the challenges facing the African aviation industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
13 August 2020
Travel News Weekly (TNW) AASA CEO article: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal wrote an article titled: Airline hubs in the post-COVID-19 world.
24 August 2020
Newzroom Afrika interview: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal on business past COVID-19 restrictions.
8 September 2020
Just Africa Aviation interview: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal featured in the JAA interview series: Collaboration; Strength in Numbers.
11 September 2020
Voice of America: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal participated in a television story on the state of aviation in Africa - challenges and pressures.
16 September 2020
Radio interview with 702: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal about industry’s call for the President to open up international travel in order to save jobs in the aviation and tourism sector.
16 September 2020
Radio interview with Voice of the Cape: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal on the impact of COVID-19 on the industry and the necessity for a restart.
17 September 2020
INSOL Virtual Conference (INSOL International): Mr. Chris Zweigenthal participated in a panel discussion: Shelter in Place? The effects of lockdown and beyond on the travel and tourism industry.
23 September 2020
[WEBCAST] Rebuilding the industry: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal was interviewed about obstacles that the travel industry will still need to overcome to rebuild itself following the announcement that South Africa’s borders will reopen on October 1. 
12 November 2020
 [INTERVIEW] AASA CEO welcomes South Africa's relaxation of international travel restrictions: Mr. Chris Zweigenthal provided a media statement to @SATravelReady and welcomed the full reopening of South African borders to international visitors. 
17 November 2020
[INTERVIEW: Air Transport World] Chris Zweigenthal, AASA CEOVictoria Moores for Air Transport World published by Aviation Week Network. Mr. Chris Zweigenthal spoke about how better testing can eliminate mandatory and universal quarantines that kill passenger demand. 
30 November 2020
[INTERVIEW] Is the airline industry ready for the festive season?  Nompu Siziba of MoneyWeb, SAfm interviews Mr. Chris Zweigenthal about developments and new players in the local aviation industry, and how South Africa's tourism demand is looking for the festive season.
30 July 2021
 Ms. Wrenelle Stander shared a 'Message of Support from Airlines' at the SA Civil Aviation Authority #YOSC (Aviation Security Campaign) Launch.
3 August 2021
[INTERVIEW] The future of South Africa's aviation industry:  eNCA interviewed Ms. Wrenelle Stander who addressed the question: How long will it take for SA’s aviation industry to get back on its feet and just how much damage has been done?