Airline & Airport Strategy Interviews

30 Second interview – Dr Temel Kotil, President and CEO Turkish Airlines (plus some comments from Ryanair’s Cawley)

30 Second interview – Dr Temel Kotil, President and CEO Turkish Airlines (plus some comments from Ryanair’s Cawley)

In his first industry appearance, speaking at the ACI EUROPE-ACI World Annual Congress in Istanbul, Dr Temel Kotil clarified that Turkish Airlines will not be launching direct services from Europe to Australia – he will use a hub like Singapore instead.

30-second interview with Colin Stewart, AirEuropa’s GM UK

30-second interview with Colin Stewart, AirEuropa’s GM UK

AirEuropa, the emerging South American specialist carrier from Spain, launched its sixth route to the continent last week. anna.aero caught up with the airline’s Colin Stewart, GM UK, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of AirEuropa’s niche operation.

Interview with: Simon Fagan, Chief Commercial Officer, Aer Arann

Interview with: Simon Fagan, Chief Commercial Officer, Aer Arann

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.


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?