Airline & Airport Strategy Interviews

30-Second Interview – Lukas Johnson, VP Network & Pricing, Allegiant Air

30-Second Interview – Lukas Johnson, VP Network & Pricing, Allegiant Air

Allegiant Air welcomed anna.aero to its headquarters in Las Vegas to meet the carrier’s VP Network & Pricing Lukas Johnson on 15 April. During a meeting with anna.aero’s Jonathan Ford, Johnson highlighted the carrier’s development in the US domestic market and why it is considering entering more slot constrained airports such as New York Newark. Other topics included the potential of scheduled international services and what Allegiant Air looks for in an airport it is willing to serve.

30-Second Interview – Michael O’Leary, CEO, Ryanair

30-Second Interview – Michael O’Leary, CEO, Ryanair

Following the announcement of its second Romanian base at Bucharest (Timisoara being #1), Ryanair held a special press briefing on 16 February in the capital of Romania. We got to talk to the airline’s CEO – the one and only – Michael O’Leary about the ULCC’s recent developments in Romania and other key European markets.

30 Second Interview - Federico Scriboni, Route Development Manager - Europe, Aeroporti di Roma

30 Second Interview – Federico Scriboni, Route Development Manager – Europe, Aeroporti di Roma

anna.aero’s Assistant Editor, Jonathan Ford, recently met with Aeroporti di Roma’s Federico Scriboni, Route Development Manager-Europe, at the inaugural ceremony of China Southern Airlines’ Guangzhou-Wuhan-Rome Fiumicino route on 17 December. The main topic of discussion was about the expanding presence of Vueling, and how the carrier has helped further develop Fiumicino as a transit hub.


30-Second Interview – Matthew Findlay, former GM Airlines and Alliances Christchurch Airport

30-Second Interview – Matthew Findlay, former GM Airlines and Alliances Christchurch Airport

anna.aero’s Editor Marc Watkins had the perfect excuse to escape the Northern Hemisphere winter (at least by phone), by interviewing Matthew Findlay, recently GM Airlines and Alliances at Christchurch Airport. Find out what Findlay thinks are the prospects for the New Zealand market, as well as the risks.

30 Second Interview – Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Divisional SVP, Strategic Planning, Revenue Optimization & Aeropolitical Affairs

30 Second Interview – Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Divisional SVP, Strategic Planning, Revenue Optimization & Aeropolitical Affairs

During a recent visit to Istanbul to welcome Emirates’ inaugural flight from Dubai to the city’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport, anna.aero’s Assistant Editor, Jonathan Ford, caught a moment with Emirates’ Divisional SVP, Strategic Planning, Revenue Optimization & Aeropolitical Affairs, Adnan Kazim. During their conversation, they spoke about the growth of the Emirates A380 network, which will include Birmingham and Prague from 2016, and also where is next for the carrier to serve.

30 Second Interview - Jūratė Baltrušaitytė, CCO of Lithuanian Airports

30 Second Interview – Jūratė Baltrušaitytė, CCO of Lithuanian Airports

On a recent visit to Vilnius, anna.aero’s Assistant Editor, Jonathan Ford caught up with Jūratė Baltrušaitytė, CCO of Lithuanian Airports, to discuss how aviation has changed recently within the country, and how its developing a strategy to evenly spread capacity across its three commercial airports in Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga which is on the country’s coast line, and will soon have a direct flight to London.


anna.aero meets with WOW air CEO, Skúli Mogensen, at World Travel Market to discuss why the carrier has decided to go long-haul

anna.aero meets with WOW air CEO, Skúli Mogensen, at World Travel Market to discuss why the carrier has decided to go long-haul

During this year’s World Travel Market at London’s ExCeL Centre, anna.aero’s Assistant Editor, Jonathan Ford, caught up with WOW air CEO, Skúli Mogensen, to find out why the carrier has decided to venture into the long-haul market from its Reykjavik/Keflavik base, and why the airline is also open to the opportunity to develop bases outside of Iceland.

anna.aero meets SriLankan Airlines Chairman, Ajith Dias, at World Travel Market to discuss the airline’s development in emerging markets

anna.aero meets SriLankan Airlines Chairman, Ajith Dias, at World Travel Market to discuss the airline’s development in emerging markets

During his recent visit to London, SriLankan Airline’s Chairman, Ajith Dias, met up with anna.aero’s Assistant Editor, Jonathan Ford, to discuss the current emerging markets for SriLankan, and why China is now the number one destination from Sri Lanka. Dias also discusses the potential new markets for the oneworld member, and why the airline is also developing a hub and spoke strategy at its Colombo base.

anna.aero meets with Garuda Indonesia’s GM for the UK & Ireland, Jubi Prasetyo, at World Travel Market to discuss the carrier’s Gatwick service

anna.aero meets with Garuda Indonesia’s GM for the UK & Ireland, Jubi Prasetyo, at World Travel Market to discuss the carrier’s Gatwick service

During this year’s World Travel Market exhibition at London’s ExCeL Centre, anna.aero’s Jonathan Ford caught up with Garuda Indonesia’s Jubi Prasetyo, to discuss the success of the carrier’s London Gatwick service which has now been operating for 13 months, and how he hopes that the route will become non-stop in 2016.


anna.aero meets with the CEO of Brussels Airlines, Bernard Gustin, at the launch of the carrier’s services to Accra

anna.aero meets with the CEO of Brussels Airlines, Bernard Gustin, at the launch of the carrier’s services to Accra

Brussels Airlines’ CEO, Bernard Gustin, met up with anna.aero’s Jonathan Ford at the opening of the airline’s new route to Accra from Brussels on 26 October. During their conversation Gustin highlighted the importance of Africa to the Brussels Airlines network, and why he thinks that Africa is the next big thing in aviation.

anna.aero catches up with Carolyn McCall at easyJet’s new crew training centre; asks what flavoured cake she wants for their 20th birthday

anna.aero catches up with Carolyn McCall at easyJet’s new crew training centre; asks what flavoured cake she wants for their 20th birthday

easyJet’s CEO, Carolyn McCall, caught up with anna.aero’s Jonathan Ford at the opening of the airline’s new crew training centre at London Gatwick on 14 October to discuss where easyJet is planning to expand from over the next few years, and of course to see what flavoured cake she would like for easyJet’s 20th birthday celebration, which anna.aero is making.

30-Second Interview – Simonas Bartkus, Head of Marketing Department, Small Planet Airlines

30-Second Interview – Simonas Bartkus, Head of Marketing Department, Small Planet Airlines

Following a 37% increase in revenues in the first half of 2015, Small Planet Airlines (the fastest-growing leisure airline in Europe) held a special press briefing last week at its headquarters in Vilnius. We got to talk to the airline’s Head of Marketing Department, Simonas Bartkus about Small Planet’s current operations and future plans.