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Nico Bezuidenhout speaks during an interview in July of 2019 in Johannesburg.
Nico Bezuidenhout speaks during an interview in July of 2019 in Johannesburg.
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The decision to resign as CEO of low-cost state-owned airline Mango is a lifestyle one as he moves to the Channel Islands off the coast of France, says Nico Bezuidenhout.

Bezuidenhout has been involved in aviation since about 2001, first working for SAA before becoming the founding CEO of its subsidiary Mango. He also acted as CEO of the parent company twice.

"I have been looking for more international exposure for some time. That was part of the reason why I went to Fastjet for a period of time. I also took a position as a director of the board of an airline in Kazakhstan as part of this aim," he tells Fin24. "As much as international exposure forms part of my aspirations, it does not, however, mean that I am abandoning SA.

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