Airline & Airport Strategy Interviews
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.
Interviewing an airline boss on a train may seem a bit strange but it’s how anna.aero recently got to chat with Vueling’s CEO during FrenchConnect. How much is the airline planning to grow this summer, what’s happening in Toulouse, and what does Alex Cruz think of what some of his former employees are doing at Iberia Express and Volotea?
In conversation with anna.aero, Zagreb Airport’s Tonci Peovic explained his high hopes that the Aéroports de Paris-led consortium behind Zagreb’s future will see low cost, national carrier and other-carrier all developing routes in harmony.
Malaysia’s air transport market is facing changes with the partnership between the country’s two main airlines; Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia. How are the country’s regional airports attracting new services compared with Kuala Lumpur? And which are the main network gaps to fill? anna.aero spoke to Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director and CEO of Malaysia Airports Holdings, in Kuala Lumpur.
The boss of Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt talked to us during the first day of operational readiness testing involving 250 volunteer ‘passengers’. We wanted to know how the new airport improves Berlin as a proposition for airlines – purely from a route development point of view.
The Vietnamese market is growing fast, but how will Vietnam Airlines continue to develop its network? anna.aero spoke to the airline’s president and CEO Dr Pham Ngoc Minh in combination with the launch of flights to anna.aero’s local airport London Gatwick to find out.
London Southend Airport’s Managing Director Alastair Welch and Head of Business Jonny Rayner talk to anna.aero
London Southend Airport will be easyJet’s next base, but in which further markets does the airport see potential? What are the benefits of having an investor that is a major company? And how does that relate to the London Olympics?
GOL spends most of its time trying to avoid slot-constrained airports but anna.aero found the Brazilian low-cost airline keen to quickly learn about the process when Ralph Anker talked to Claudio Neves Borges, GOL’s Schedule and Route Manager at the IATA 128th Schedules Conference in Gothenburg last week.
Yesterday, easyJet announced it will open its 20th base at London Southend and straight away the airline’s boss spoke to anna.aero about why it had suddenly moved to the Essex seaside airport, largely overlooked since the 1960s.
This week’s 30-second interview is with new Swedavia CEO Torborg Chetkovich. What route opportunities does she see at Sweden’s two largest airports, Stockholm-Arlanda and Gothenburg Landvetter? And how key are the regional airports to the new Swedavia strategy?
Mohamed Sallauddin bin Hj. Mat Sah, general manager marketing, Malaysia Airports, talks to anna.aero in Kuala Lumpur
anna.aero’s Ryan Ghee talked to AirAsia last week – this week it’s the turn of Malaysia Airports for the 30 Second Interiew. In Kuala Lumpur the airport operator is building another low cost terminal to replace the temporary building opened in 2006. “We’re also open to the possibility of other airlines eventually operating from the facility” Ghee was surprised to learn.
AirAsia’s Ashok Kumar, regional director, strategy, airport & planning, and Subashini Silvadas, Network Management, talk to anna.aero in KUL
In this week’s rapid-fire Q&A, anna.aero’s Ryan Ghee went to AirAsia’s Kuala Lumpur offices to talk to a room full of network planners about the new bases in Medan (Indonesia) and Chiang Mai (Thailand) and cheekily asked if the Malaysian low-cost star dabbles in over-booking.