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.

    China Southern Airlines CEO Tan Wangeng on the carrier’s expansion plans for 2020:

    “By 2020 there will be 200 million outbound tourists from China. This provides us with a lot of opportunities for development, we will expand and collaborate with our peers in international markets”.

    Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker on the carrier’s recent result:

    “This turbulent year has inevitably had an impact on our financial results, which reflect the negative effect the illegal blockade has had on our airline. However, I am pleased to say that thanks to our robust business planning, swift actions in the face of the crisis, our passenger-focused solutions and dedicated staff, the impact has been minimised – and has certainly not been as negative as our neighbouring countries may have hoped for”.

    WOW air CEO Skúli Mogensen on the airline’s strategy to expand its network to India:

    “I think India is going to be a very important countermove by us rather than for us to be stuck in the middle between North America and Europe”.

    Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith, in an internal video addressed to staff:

    “We operate in a fiercely competitive global marketplace. We need to act, we need to adapt, and we need to be prepared for both, but remember that I’m not here to do this on the backs of any of you”. Mr Smith concluded: “A number of iconic airlines have disappeared because they have not changed, such as PanAm, Olympic and Sabena… With Alitalia the same thing is about to happen… They have perished because they failed to cope with the cutthroat competition… We can not let that happen”.

    Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan on new research highlighting a 38% increase in the number of Chinese visitors to the North since 2016:

    “This is important research because it demonstrates the power of direct connectivity to fast-growing economies like China. While people could always travel to China by transferring at other airports, we were clear in our minds that securing a nonstop service would unlock a wide range of benefits for our city and the wider North”.

    Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi on the airport’s growing international network:

    “Our international network is growing at an unprecedented rate and we’re in a great position to be able to facilitate connections all over the world. It is our aspiration to take tourism, freight and trade opportunities to another level through building a third runway, which would allow us to cater to around 100 aircraft movements per hour, up from 50 an hour, which we currently service”.

    IATA Director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac called on Mauritius’ Government to continue to focus on aviation as a strategic enabler of economic and social development:

    “The key elements of any aviation strategy are safety, global standards, competitiveness and cooperation. But Mauritius and other small island states have a critical competitive advantage in implementing an aviation strategy – and that is size. The country is small enough to rally the aviation universe – the airlines, the airport, the tourism infrastructure – to agree a strategy and to get it implemented quickly and nimbly”. He added: “The goal of a comprehensive aviation strategy is to enable aviation to drive economic and social development. That will mean a successful future for Air Mauritius… And it will create opportunities for other carriers”.