Airline & Airport Strategy Interviews
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.