Airline & Airport Strategy Interviews

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.

30-Second Interview – Andrew Cowen, CEO, HK Express

30-Second Interview – Andrew Cowen, CEO, HK Express

It’s nice to see former colleagues doing well. anna.aero’s Chief Analyst used to work for Go, as did Andrew Cowen, newly appointed CEO of HK Express. They recently caught up for a chat at Routes Asia in Kunming.


30-Second Interview ‒ Paul White, Business Development Manager, Glasgow Airport

30-Second Interview ‒ Paul White, Business Development Manager, Glasgow Airport

With double digit growth in January and February this year, and 24 months of consecutive passenger increases, Glasgow Airport is clearly on the up. During a pit-stop on his epic journey to Barra, anna.aero’s Editor Marc Watkins sneaks 30 seconds with the Scottish airport’s Business Development Manager Paul White.

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 like Allegiant Air, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines, ACI-NA’s JumpStart® Conference will undoubtedly deliver air service development. anna.aero grabs 30 seconds with ACI-NA’s President and CEO Kevin Burke to discuss his expectations for the Seattle event.

30-Second Interview - Raffaele Pasquini, Responsible for Aviation Marketing Development on Asian and Middle East markets, Aeroporti di Roma

30-Second Interview – Raffaele Pasquini, Responsible for Aviation Marketing Development on Asian and Middle East markets, Aeroporti di Roma

anna.aero catches up for a chat with Aeroporti di Roma’s Head of aviation marketing development for the Asian and Middle East markets to chat about Rome’s rapid growth in 2014 and what Alitalia, Etihad Airways, Vueling and Ryanair have in store for 2015.