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.

    AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes on plans to offer a contract for the operation and maintenance of Clark International Airport:

    “It’s really important that they don’t let go of low cost airlines, because an airport’s bread and butter is the mass market. Whoever takes over the terminal should make sure that there’s a low cost terminal in the area because that’s what is going to drive the volume. We see the Clark International Airport as a major transportation hub that creates interconnectivity, stirs progress, and links businesses here in the region”.

    Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) CEO Chris Zweigenthal on ongoing plans to implement open skies in Africa:

    “This liberalisation has proved difficult to implement on a continental scale due to varying states’ positions on their readiness for implementation, the necessity for competition regulations, dispute resolution mechanisms, implementation provisions and incorporation into domestic legislation. It is important that such liberalisation must be undertaken on a consistent basis with the same rules for all states, ensuring reciprocity and fair competition between the African airlines”. He continued: “There is huge potential for intra-African growth to provide an integrated network of new services and increased frequencies between African destinations… There is huge potential for the growth of air transport in Africa”.

    airBaltic chairman and CEO Martin Gauss on the value of social media:

    “If we had to pay traditional marketing to reach this many people, we could not afford it. Social media is definitely the biggest part of our company’s brand building and a very good investment for the future”.

    Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan on Jet Airways’ plans to launch four times weekly Mumbai-Manchester service:

    “Securing a direct service to one of India’s major cities is the product of a lot of hard work over a long period of time to forge closer ties between Manchester and this globally significant economy… Direct connectivity to the world’s most important markets is key to creating a prosperous and internationally competitive Northern economy, and a balanced and outward facing UK”.

    Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong on plans to upgrade the cabin products of SilkAir aircraft and eventually merge SilkAir into Singapore Airlines:

    “That is not to say there is no place for SilkAir. In fact there is still a lot of demand for SilkAir type of service specifically on the bigger destinations, bigger cities in Southeast Asia”.

    Icelandair Group president and CEO Björgólfur Jóhannsson on plans to initiate a process to sell Icelandair Hotels and the properties pertaining to hotel operations:

    “We introduced a new corporate structure at the beginning of the year, when we divided the Company’s operations into two segments: International flight operations and Investments in aviation and tourism. We are now taking the next steps, with a decision to initiate a process designed to sell majority share in Icelandair Hotels”.

    Cargolux Airlines International CEO Richard Forson on the potential impact of the trade dispute between China and the US:

    “As soon as tariffs start effecting perishables and other high end electronics that get flown, especially during peak season, it could lead to reduced volumes on the major trade lanes between those two countries”.

    Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary on increasing oil prices:

    “Some of those loss making airlines who couldn’t make money when oil was at USD40 a barrel, certainly can’t survive this winter with oil at USD80 per barrel. Small carriers won’t survive, Norwegian will struggle to survive this winter