Airline & Airport Strategy Interviews
Aer Arann is now operating more flights than ever on behalf of Aer Lingus. We caught up with the airline’s CCO to ask about the working relationship with Aer Lingus, route developments, new aircraft, connecting traffic and the main challenges the airline faces.
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
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!!
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.
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.
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.
Birmingham Airport wants a route to its US twin – Chicago; as well as Japan, China, Thailand and Singapore.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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?