Airline & Airport Strategy Interviews
18 months into his new role as CEO at Shannon Airport in Ireland, industry veteran Neil Pakey has made an impact already, turning around the airport’s red financial and passenger volume numbers. anna.aero’s Ian Hill grabs a Guinness and a chat with the man at the helm of Ireland’s #3 airport.
“Our network is this big at the moment.” anna.aero grabs half a minute with one of the busiest people in the industry at the moment — US start-up PEOPLExpress Founder and COO Mike Morisi — to discuss where next for the fledgling LCC and crab cakes.
After his press conference with Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos, celebrating three new US routes, anna.aero’s Ross Falconer grabbed some time with London Gatwick’s CEO Stewart Wingate to talk about where next for the LCC and maximizing single runway capacity.
Following the introduction of Air Astana’s third weekly flight to London Heathrow, anna.aero was invited to attend a press briefing held in London last week. We got to talk to the Kazakh flag carrier’s President, Peter Foster about Air Astana’s mission, new route additions as well as its future fleet.
anna.aero was invited to Iceland Travel Workshop (ITW) 2014 held in Reykjavik between 15 and 16 May. We got to talk to Skúli Mogensen, CEO, WOW air about the LCC’s status for transatlantic flights.
30-Second Interview ─ Martin Modarelli, Commercial Director UK & Nordic Countries, LATAM Airlines Group
Following TAM Airlines’ entry into oneworld on 31 March, anna.aero was invited to attend a special drinks reception held in London last week. We got to talk to LATAM Airlines Group’s Commercial Director for UK and Nordic Countries, Martin Modarelli about the airline holding group’s plans for 2014, the current network planning strategy, as well as the bookings for FIFA World Cup.
anna.aero contributed to improving Aer Lingus finances by paying for a quick hop over to Dublin to find out how well Aer Lingus’ mini north Atlantic hub is developing.
30-Second Interview — David O’Brien, Chief Commercial Officer, Ryanair on flights to Russia and the US
anna.aero secures the world’s first interview with DOBCCO – David O’Brien, new Chief Commercial Officer, Ryanair. We talk about his plans for Russia, flying to proper airports and whether they will ever fly to the US.
Birmingham Airport is set to become Flybe’s biggest base, with the introduction of seven new services this summer taking the airline’s offer up to 32 routes, 375 return flights a week and 1.7 million annual seats. anna.aero delves inside the numbers over a coffee and croissant with the airline’s CCO Paul Simmons.
The Soon-to-depart deputy Ryanair CEO talks about Moscow, Brussels and Rome, says why he does not like the new ‘nice’ Ryanair label, then gives €10,000 to our favourite charity.
anna.aero’s Ross Falconer gets 30 seconds with M.A.G Business Development Manager Mark Souter to discuss airline deals, spare capacity and intra-London airport competition.
Was the BBC’s John Humphrys “taken for a sucker” by the new nicer, kinder, cuddlier, Michael O’Leary at the Airport Operators Association (AOA) Conference in London this week?