Airline & Airport Strategy Interviews

30-Second Interview – Kevin Burke, President and CEO, Airports Council International-North America

30-Second Interview – Kevin Burke, President and CEO, Airports Council International-North America

anna.aero recently spoke with ACI-North America’s President and CEO Kevin Burke to discuss next month’s JumpStart® Air Service Development Conference, taking place 4-6 June in Cleveland. Burke talks about how the show continues to grow, and which airlines are making a first-time appearance.

30-Second Interview – Bernard Lavelle, Aviation Business Development Director, London Southend Airport

30-Second Interview – Bernard Lavelle, Aviation Business Development Director, London Southend Airport

anna.aero’s Chief Analyst Nick Preston paid a visit to London Southend last week to see it welcome its latest carrier, Air Malta. While on site, there was also an opportunity to discuss the airport’s plans for future growth and network expansion with its Aviation Business Development Director, Bernard Lavelle.

30-Second Interview – Ulrich Topp, Director Aviation Marketing, Düsseldorf Airport

30-Second Interview – Ulrich Topp, Director Aviation Marketing, Düsseldorf Airport

anna.aero’s Assistant Editor Jonathan Ford recently flew to Düsseldorf for Eurowings’ inaugural New York JFK service. While there he met with Ulrich Topp, Director Aviation Marketing, Düsseldorf Airport, plus his colleagues Christina Knicker and Florian Bongard, to discuss the airport’s route network plans for the future.


30-Second Interview – Ulrich Heppe, CEO of Fraport Bulgaria

30-Second Interview – Ulrich Heppe, CEO of Fraport Bulgaria

anna.aero’s Assistant Editor, Jonathan Ford, recently travelled to Varna to meet with Fraport Bulgaria’s CEO, Ulrich Heppe, to learn about seasonality challenges, plus how the company is trying to attract more year-round services at both Varna and Bourgas airports. Ford also managed to get a few moments to chat with Dimitar Bikov, Head of Aviation Marketing Department. 

30-Second Interview – Roy Kinnear, CCO of Flybe

30-Second Interview – Roy Kinnear, CCO of Flybe

anna.aero’s Jonathan Ford recently travelled to Flybe’s headquarters in Exeter to meet with the UK regional carrier’s recently appointed CCO Roy Kinnear to learn more about his move to the airline, plus what he hopes to bring to the company to help bolster its future endeavors.   

30-Second Interview at Slots Madrid – Lara Maughan, Head Worldwide Airport Slots, IATA

30-Second Interview at Slots Madrid – Lara Maughan, Head Worldwide Airport Slots, IATA

During the 141st IATA Slot Conference in Madrid this week, anna.aero caught up with IATA’s Head Worldwide Airport Slots Lara Maughan to discuss the challenges facing the Latin America region.


30-Second Interview - Juha Järvinen, CCO at Finnair

30-Second Interview – Juha Järvinen, CCO at Finnair

Last week, anna.aero’s Chief Analyst Nick Preston met with Finnair CCO Juha Järvinen on the fringes of the CAPA-ACTE Global Summit in London, to discuss the carrier’s capacity growth and the strategies that will drive its future network expansion plans.

30-Second Interview – Dean Dacko, Business Strategist Consultant, Canada Jetlines

30-Second Interview – Dean Dacko, Business Strategist Consultant, Canada Jetlines

Last week anna.aero’s Assistant Editor Jonathan Ford sat down with Dean Dacko, Business Strategist Consultant for Canada Jetlines, a planned ULCC, to discuss the carrier’s proposed business strategy, where it will serve, and how it is planning to break-up the Canadian market. 

30-Second Interview – Howard Ebison, Commercial Director, East Midlands Airport

30-Second Interview – Howard Ebison, Commercial Director, East Midlands Airport

Preparing for his first World Routes as East Midlands’ Commercial Director is Howard Ebison. Despite having a busy few weeks ahead as he also finishes an Aviation Development Team re-boot at East Midlands, he found some time to talk to anna.aero’s Editor Marc Watkins. 


30-Second Interview – Alex Cruz, CEO of British Airways

30-Second Interview – Alex Cruz, CEO of British Airways

Last week anna.aero’s Marta Dimitrova joined British Airways Chairman & CEO Alex Cruz on a special flight between London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports, during which he announced a major investment in improving the customer experience. While BA has gone through major changes to its passenger services, its network has also seen several developments, about which Dimitrova was curious to find out more.

30-Second Interview – Christine Ourmieres-Widener, CEO of Flybe

30-Second Interview – Christine Ourmieres-Widener, CEO of Flybe

Last week anna.aero’s Assistant Editor Jonathan Ford travelled on Flybe’s inaugural flight between Edinburgh and London Heathrow, a launch which broke British Airways’ monopoly between the capitals of Scotland and England. While celebrating the launch he met with Christine Ourmieres-Widener, CEO of Flybe, to discover more about the new boss of the UK’s leading domestic airline. 

30-Second Interview – Adrian Littlewood, CEO of Auckland Airport

30-Second Interview – Adrian Littlewood, CEO of Auckland Airport

Last week anna.aero’s Assistant Editor Jonathan Ford travelled to New Zealand on Qatar Airways’ first flight to Auckland, the longest route in the world. While in New Zealand he caught up with Adrian Littlewood, CEO of Auckland Airport, to discover more about the booming city’s recent route developments.