Your weekly travel and aviation Quote-a

The Blue Swan Daily brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary on the carrier’s six-week programme of daily cancellations:

“This is a mess of our own making… We have only taken this decision to cancel this small proportion of our 2500 daily flights so that we can provide extra standby cover and protect the punctuality of the 98% of flights that will be unaffected by these cancellations”.


Air Peace chairman and CEO Allen Onyema on the Nigeria aviation market:

“Nigeria is the harshest operating environment for any airline, especially the domestic airlines. There are so many challenges including multiple taxation, high cost of acquiring aviation fuel, high cost of procuring spare parts and bringing them into the country, and our Customs officers not understanding what it means to support airlines. Besides these, we have poor airport infrastructure, poor understanding from the passengers, and the poor governance structure of some of the airlines could also be a challenge. Another major problem is multiple designations being given to foreign airlines in Nigeria, while Nigerian airlines are not being encouraged at all”.


New Nok Air CEO Piya Yodmani on plans for the carrier:

“My preoccupation is to stop the bleeding and ensure the business turnaround plan is brought to fruition as soon as possible”.


jetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes on the opposition of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines to Gulf airlines and their alleged subsidies:

“It is not about the US industry against airlines from the Middle East, it revolves instead around protectionism over competition. jetBlue will keep fighting as the Big 3’s efforts could cut off a major flow of foreign tourists to the US and invite other nations to retaliate against the US.”


HK Express CEO Andrew Cowen on the carriers plans to expand to more destinations:

“We would love to fly to at least 20 more destinations but we simply can’t get slots and slot timings. I hope the U-FLY Alliance will allow us to gain wider access to the Chinese market. If we can’t get the slots we will use the A320neo to cycle out the older A320, which might not have the same specification as the other aircraft, and form the backbone of the airline with along the A321ceo”.


AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes on the development of low cost airport terminals in Asia


“Airports now believe in LCC. Building LCC terminals lowering charges. It’s great news. From macau to Philippines to Thailand to Japan. Airports are changing. Only Malaysian Aviation Commission and Malaysia Airports but that will change”.


London Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate on the UK Department for Transport’s commitment to prioritising aviation during Brexit negotiations:

“I’m very encouraged that the industry as a whole in the UK is standing shoulder to shoulder and is presenting a unified face to government, to say that what we need more than anything is certainty for the future of aviation flying rights once Brexit happens”.


Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary on the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) ruling on labour laws:

“It won’t change Ryanair’s cost base by one cent. They [unions and crew] cannot and will not be changing the Irish contracts or the structure of the Irish contracts”. The ECJ ruling determined crews rights to have labour disputes heard in the jurisdiction of their ‘home base’.”