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.


London Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye on operational highlights for Mar-2018:

“The booming growth in passenger numbers and cargo, particularly from emerging markets, underpins the urgency to secure Britain’s economic future with a third runway at Heathrow, which has now been backed by the cross-party Transport Select Committee. We are delighted that passengers have rated us one of the top ten airports worldwide, recognising the huge improvements in service we have made over the last few years”.


Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian on airline revenue streams:

“Hopefully the marketplace is noticing a more sustainable and durable base revenue stream that’s not fully dependent on the airline in and of itself. Over time, if we’re unable to get our valuation to where it should be, we’re open to other options”.


Melbourne Tullamarine Airport CEO Lyell Strambi on the future of the airport’s bus link service following the Australian federal Government’s announcement of a AUD5 billion (USD3.9 billion) investment to fund an airport rail link:

“As a contemporary airport connection service SkyBus does a fantastic job right now, and will continue to be an important option for travellers into the future, but it’s important to remember that those buses use the same roads as all other road users. A rail link can help us to realise the full potential of Melbourne Airport, injecting enormous value into the Victorian and national economies, creating and supporting jobs for the local community and putting the world within reach for millions of Victorian travellers”.


Cardiff Airport CEO Debra Barber on the airport recording its 12th consecutive month of passenger growth in Mar-2018:

“The past 12 months have seen increased choice for our passengers, exciting announcements for the seasons ahead and even more improvements to the customer experience. In addition to the huge Qatar Airways announcement, we’ve also welcomed a third aircraft to the Flybe base and look forward to its third summer of flying customers to 21 destinations across the UK & Europe”.


Aegean Airlines Group CEO Dimitris Gerogiannison higher utilisation of tourism capacity during the winter months:

“It is vital not just for our company but for the country as well”. Mr Gerogiannis called for “necessary policy adjustments” to facilitate tourism development. He added: “VAT in air transport has increased to 24%, being three times higher than the average of Southern Europe, newly imposed accommodation tax on hotels and the total absence of low incentivised airport charges during the winter season, put at risk all of the previously mentioned efforts”.


AirAsia Group CEO and AirAsia X Group co-CEO Tony Fernandes on the A350 aircraft:

“It is not an aircraft we will buy. It is too expensive, and fares would go up”.


SriLankan Airlines CEO Captain Suren Ratwatte on the carrier’s passenger and cargo divisions exceeded their annual target:

“This is the first instance of the airline achieving its annual revenue target since Emirates Airline left as the managing partner ten years ago. This comes at a turbulent time for the industry when most airlines are facing difficulty maintaining their yields due to intense competition. This achievement shows the capability and commitment of our workforce and demonstrates that the Company is well on track with its restructuring targets. With a new chairman and board of directors in place, the airline will reach greater heights in the near future as we concentrate on curtailing our costs”.