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.


    JetBlue Airways: Flight shaming a ‘clear and present danger, if we don’t get on top of it’

    JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes said the flight shaming movement represents a “clear and present danger, if we don’t get on top of it”, and it should not be assumed that the movement will not spread to the US (BBC, 11-Feb-2020).  

    IATA CEO urges states to remain committed to CORSIA and incentivise sustainable aviation fuels

    IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Junaic called (10-Feb-2020) on governments to stay true to the principle of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and refrain from the temptation of “inventing” environmental taxes. Mr de Juniac also called on governments to introduce frameworks for sustainable aviation fuels production. [more – original PR]

    IATA: Passenger traffic growth below long term trend during 2019

    IATA reported (10-Feb-2020) 2019 was the first year that passenger demand has fallen below the long-term trend (5.5%). Global RPKs grew 4.2% year-on-year in 2019, while ASKs grew 3.4%. IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said airlines “did well to maintain steady growth last year in the face of a number of challenges”, including the softer economic backdrop, weak global trade activity, and political and geopolitical tensions. [more – original PR]

    Heathrow CEO: UK needs to be ‘better connected’ to global markets

    London Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye stated the UK needs to be “better connected to global markets than our rivals in Europe”, adding “It would be an economic disaster for the country to fall behind, just as we leave the EU” (ADS Advance, 11-Feb-2020).

    Singapore losing between 18,000 to 20,000 tourists per day due to coronavirus outbreak

    Singapore Tourism Board CEO Keith Tan reported Singapore is losing between 18,000 and 20,000 tourists per day due to the coronavirus outbreak (Bloomberg, 12-Feb-2020). China accounts for around 20% of Singapore’s tourism intake, its biggest tourism source market.

    TUI Group: ‘Hydrogen can play a crucial role’ as a long term substitute to fossil fuels

    TUI Group CEO Fritz Joussen, via the group’s official Twitter account, said (13-Feb-2020) TUI supports hydrogen as a solution to the global CO2 situation. “Hydrogen can play a crucial role as a long-term substitute for fossil fuels”, he added.