Airline & Airport Strategy Interviews
Simonas Bartkus, Air Lituanica’s CCO, found some time to talk to anna.aero’s associate editor Tadas Juozonis before the airline’s first scheduled flight between Lithuania and Belgium.
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.
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.
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?