Airline & Airport Strategy Interviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.