Airline & Airport Strategy Interviews

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 and Bournemouth Airport

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

Preparing for his first World Routes as East Midlands and Bournemouth airports’ 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. 

30-Second Interview – Steven Small, Brand Director-elect, Routes

30-Second Interview – Steven Small, Brand Director-elect, Routes

New Routes boss Steven Small has big boots to fill, replacing Katie Bland as Brand Director, who left the route development events company earlier this year after three years in the post. Starting his new role on 1 February, anna.aero grabbed a quick chat with him while he was doing his Christmas shopping in Manchester.

30-Second Interview - Bjørn Kjos, CEO, Norwegian

30-Second Interview – Bjørn Kjos, CEO, Norwegian

anna.aero’s Assistant Editor Jonathan Ford caught up with the CEO of Europe’s third largest LCC to discuss why Barcelona is the next European hub for transatlantic flights. Ford was also intrigued to find out why the carrier’s New York service from the Spanish airport will operate into Newark and not JFK, its current New York airport of choice.


Mayor of London: “I’m backing Gatwick”

Mayor of London: “I’m backing Gatwick”

On 15 July Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, announced that he was backing London Gatwick over London Heathrow to build the UK’s next runway. Khan tells the media why he is backing the nation’s second largest airport, while Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick, is delighted with his Euro ANNIES win.

30-Second Interview - Alexander Schroll, CEO of Castellon Airport

30-Second Interview – Alexander Schroll, CEO of Castellon Airport

anna.aero’s Assistant Editor Jonathan Ford met with Castellon Airport CEO Alexander Schroll on the day the facility welcomed its second scheduled carrier. Schroll spoke to anna.aero about how the airport has celebrated a successful nine months of operations since Ryanair inaugurated flights from the UK, and to also highlight Castellon’s USPs that are drawing attention for potential future service by new carriers.

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

With one-to-one mega-hub providers like American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines in the same room as LCCs including Allegiant Air, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines, ACI-NA’s JumpStart® Conference will undoubtedly deliver air service development opportunities. anna.aero recently grabbed a moment with ACI-NA’s President and CEO Kevin Burke to discuss next month’s event in Denver.