Airline & Airport Strategy Interviews
anna.aero meets SriLankan Airlines Chairman, Ajith Dias, at World Travel Market to discuss the airline’s development in emerging markets
During his recent visit to London, SriLankan Airline’s Chairman, Ajith Dias, met up with anna.aero’s Assistant Editor, Jonathan Ford, to discuss the current emerging markets for SriLankan, and why China is now the number one destination from Sri Lanka. Dias also discusses the potential new markets for the oneworld member, and why the airline is also developing a hub and spoke strategy at its Colombo base.
anna.aero meets with Garuda Indonesia’s GM for the UK & Ireland, Jubi Prasetyo, at World Travel Market to discuss the carrier’s Gatwick service
During this year’s World Travel Market exhibition at London’s ExCeL Centre, anna.aero’s Jonathan Ford caught up with Garuda Indonesia’s Jubi Prasetyo, to discuss the success of the carrier’s London Gatwick service which has now been operating for 13 months, and how he hopes that the route will become non-stop in 2016.
anna.aero meets with the CEO of Brussels Airlines, Bernard Gustin, at the launch of the carrier’s services to Accra
Brussels Airlines’ CEO, Bernard Gustin, met up with anna.aero’s Jonathan Ford at the opening of the airline’s new route to Accra from Brussels on 26 October. During their conversation Gustin highlighted the importance of Africa to the Brussels Airlines network, and why he thinks that Africa is the next big thing in aviation.
anna.aero catches up with Carolyn McCall at easyJet’s new crew training centre; asks what flavoured cake she wants for their 20th birthday
easyJet’s CEO, Carolyn McCall, caught up with anna.aero’s Jonathan Ford at the opening of the airline’s new crew training centre at London Gatwick on 14 October to discuss where easyJet is planning to expand from over the next few years, and of course to see what flavoured cake she would like for easyJet’s 20th birthday celebration, which anna.aero is making.
Following a 37% increase in revenues in the first half of 2015, Small Planet Airlines (the fastest-growing leisure airline in Europe) held a special press briefing last week at its headquarters in Vilnius. We got to talk to the airline’s Head of Marketing Department, Simonas Bartkus about Small Planet’s current operations and future plans.
It’s nice to see former colleagues doing well. anna.aero’s Chief Analyst used to work for Go, as did Andrew Cowen, newly appointed CEO of HK Express. They recently caught up for a chat at Routes Asia in Kunming.
With double digit growth in January and February this year, and 24 months of consecutive passenger increases, Glasgow Airport is clearly on the up. During a pit-stop on his epic journey to Barra, anna.aero’s Editor Marc Watkins sneaks 30 seconds with the Scottish airport’s Business Development Manager Paul White.
With one-to-one mega-hub providers like American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines in the same room as LCCs like Allegiant Air, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines, ACI-NA’s JumpStart® Conference will undoubtedly deliver air service development. anna.aero grabs 30 seconds with ACI-NA’s President and CEO Kevin Burke to discuss his expectations for the Seattle event.
30-Second Interview – Raffaele Pasquini, Responsible for Aviation Marketing Development on Asian and Middle East markets, Aeroporti di Roma
anna.aero catches up for a chat with Aeroporti di Roma’s Head of aviation marketing development for the Asian and Middle East markets to chat about Rome’s rapid growth in 2014 and what Alitalia, Etihad Airways, Vueling and Ryanair have in store for 2015.
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.