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.

IATA CEO and director general Alexandre de Juniac on the India taxing international tickets:

“We must take governments to task. It is unacceptable that global standards are being ignored by the very governments that created them. India helped develop ICAO resolutions prohibiting tax on international tickets… Yet it persists in taxing international travel”.

Saudia director general Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser on the new terminal at Jeddah International Airport as a “game changer” for the airline:

“It will provide us not only with better experience… better connectivity and capacity necessary for the growth plans in place.” Mr Al-Jasser noted the new terminal will be “fully open” within a year, and allow the airline to commence “a new style of operation” and focus on “a dual hub structure” with Jeddah and Riyadh airports.

Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz, on the airline considering an order of 15 to 20 Bombardier C Series or Embraer E-Jet E2 aircraft:

“The performance of the C Series has to be studied”. He also noted the lack of availability of maintenance services for the aircraft in Africa is an issue, stating: “I don’t care if they are able to fly to London. My question is do I have maintenance in Bangui, Juba, Abidjan? But the more African carriers are looking at it, it means the maintenance base will be growing”.

Deustche Lufthansa AG chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr on a record summer in 2018:

“We are looking for a record summer, even outperforming the record summer of 2017… That applies to the load factors and we are quite positive on the yield situation for this summer. Our forward bookings are so strong I am happy with all the growth we can realise”.

IATA CEO and director general Alexandre de Juniac governments taking a cautious approach to airport privatisation:

“We are in an infrastructure crisis. Cash-strapped governments are looking to the private sector to help develop much needed airport capacity. But it is wrong to assume that the private sector has all the answers. Airlines have not yet experienced an airport privatisation that has fully lived up to its promised benefits over the long term. It is important that governments take a long-term view focusing on solutions that will deliver the best economic and social benefits. Selling airport assets for a short-term cash injection to the treasury is a mistake”.

Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker on the airline’s performance in 2018:

“There is a possibility it could be a second year of losses in 2018 but we have mitigated our losses in a big way. On government aid, “we don’t think we would need it… in the foreseeable future… But if this blockade continues indefinitely there will be a time where we have to approach our shareholder to inject equity into the company”.

flyadeal CEO Con Korfiatis on the carrier’s possible first international route:

“I think it will be something nearby Saudi Arabia”, adding: “Dubai is one of those points in consideration… Dubai is a massive outbound market for Saudis”. He further confirmed: “In Turkey we see multiple points as being of interest… Egypt also has several points we can fly to”.

LOT Polish Airlines president and CEO Rafał Milczarski, on EU carriers access to China:

“Europe is a single, open market. Basically any European carrier can fly anywhere [within the EU], whereas China is more restricted”. Mr Milczarski added: “If Europe shows openness to China, China should show openness to Europe”.