Airline & Airport Strategy Interviews

30-second interview with Gökhan Buğday, CEO Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

30-second interview with Gökhan Buğday, CEO Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

anna.aero was invited to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport last week to celebrate the arrival of Turkish Airlines’ new base, which will result in 13 international routes this summer. We got to talk to the airport’s CEO about competition, the new planned airport for Istanbul, the growth in Turkish air travel and the chances of Istanbul winning the right to host the 2020 summer Olympics.

30-second interview: easyJet Head of Sales UK, Ruth Spratt has a slice of route launch cake with anna.aero

30-second interview: easyJet Head of Sales UK, Ruth Spratt has a slice of route launch cake with anna.aero

easyJet launched its second new service to Moscow Domodedovo in 9 days, this time from Manchester. anna.aero’s Marc Watkins witnessed this momentous event – and brought cake!!

30 seconds with Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport

30 seconds with Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport

anna.aero had the opportunity to spend 30 seconds with Heathrow Airport’s Executive Commercial Director Fidel Lopez as well as CCO, Guy Stephenson from competing hub London Gatwick – just 55km across town. Both want more runway capacity for their respective airports, but seemingly only one will get it.


30 Second Interview: easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall shares a Moscow traffic jam with anna.aero

30 Second Interview: easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall shares a Moscow traffic jam with anna.aero

The Moscow traffic of the booming Russian capital meant the easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall had to give a little bit longer than the standard 30-second interview when she talked to anna.aero on a bus to Moscow Domodedovo airport.

30 seconds with: Marcos Caramalengos, Chief Commercial Officer, Minoan Air

30 seconds with: Marcos Caramalengos, Chief Commercial Officer, Minoan Air

With new operations from London Oxford to Edinburgh and Dublin starting this week, Marcos Caramalengos has his hands full. But he still found time to talk to anna,aero’s Editor Marc Watkins before the airline’s first UK flight.

30-seconds with: Paul Kehoe, CEO, Birmingham Airport

30-seconds with: Paul Kehoe, CEO, Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport wants a route to its US twin – Chicago; as well as Japan, China, Thailand and Singapore.


Seoul Incheon wants to be hub for Northeast Asia

Seoul Incheon wants to be hub for Northeast Asia

Incheon International Airport, serving South Korea’s capital Seoul, wants to increase transfer traffic, making use of its strategic location between the major markets Japan and China. But how much is traffic to China growing? And which new connection opportunities does Korean Air now have from London after adding flights with a different schedule?

30-seconds with Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ EVP Passenger Sales Worldwide

30-seconds with Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ EVP Passenger Sales Worldwide

anna.aero took the chance to speak to Emirates’ top executive Thierry Antinori about where the airline sees opportunities – and which markets give Emirates headache? And what does the EVP Passenger Sales Worldwide formerly with Lufthansa Group think about alliance membership for Emirates?

30-seconds with: Robert Westgate, Senior Director, Planning & Scheduling, Frontier Airlines

30-seconds with: Robert Westgate, Senior Director, Planning & Scheduling, Frontier Airlines

What does the future hold for animal-loving Frontier Airlines now that its owner wants to sell it? How is the airline’s fleet evolving and why is it still operating a single ERJ145? What new routes is the airline starting this summer, with what aircraft? And which is the newest spokesanimal for the airline?


30-seconds with: Birkir Holm Gudnason, CEO, Icelandair

30-seconds with: Birkir Holm Gudnason, CEO, Icelandair

Read what Icelandair’s CEO has to say about the new Denver route, what it has in common with just two other of the airline’s routes, and how much the airline is growing this summer. We also asked about the future for the airline’s all 757 fleet.

30 seconds with: Daniel Skjeldam, Chief Commercial Officer, Norwegian

30 seconds with: Daniel Skjeldam, Chief Commercial Officer, Norwegian

anna.aero took the opportunity to speak to the CCO of the fast-growing low-cost airline Norwegian; Daniel Skjeldam. What will the airline do with the many aircraft it has ordered? What is happening with the long haul expansion using 787s? And is there a theme to Norwegian’s latest European route launches?

Exclusive interview with easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall; key opportunities in Switzerland, France and Italy

Exclusive interview with easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall; key opportunities in Switzerland, France and Italy

At the Lisbon base launch, the anna.aero fan and easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall set aside time to speak exclusively to anna.aero about the new base and the airline’s overall network plans.