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.

    FedEx CEO Frederick W Smith on the importance of deregulation and Open Skies agreements in creating a more accessible world:

    “A corollary to domestic aviation liberalisation, open skies agreements give the aviation industry access to foreign markets and remove barriers to competition. Open Skies provides opportunities for customers across the world in the same way domestic deregulation provided opportunities for US customers”.

    Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos on Norwegian Air Argentina launching operations:

    “The imminent start of our operations in Argentina confirms our long term commitment to the region and represents a milestone in Norwegian’s history. Our new flights will help to improve connectivity, will boost local tourism and increase investment across the country generating a positive impact to local communities. Customers arriving on our long haul service to Buenos Aires can now additionally travel across Argentina with confidence and ease thanks to our new domestic routes”.

    SalamAir CEO Mohamed Ahmed on the airline recording its one millionth passenger since launching operations in 2016:

    “Our success to date is partly due to our willingness to listen to our valued guests. After a surge in demand for summer flights last year, we increased their frequency; we listened to our guests and responded to their needs. This is absolutely essential… We are looking firmly to the future”.

    IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac Aug-2018 global air freight results:

    “Growing trade tensions are a spectre over the industry. The early focus of tariffs was not on products typically carried by air. But as the list of tariffs grows so does the air cargo industry’s vulnerability. And, we can expect souring trading relations to eventually impact business travel. There are no winners in trade wars”.

    Flybe CEO Christine Ourmières-Widener calling on the UK Government to provide greater certainty on Brexit ahead of the UK leaving the EU in Mar-2019:

    “The difficulty with Brexit is that we are really working with different assumptions – we need more certainty, it is very difficult for us. We are a highly regulated industry but if something changes then we need to be able to adapt – there is a long list of issues that could be impacted from cost structures to flying rights”.

    Air Canada president and CEO Calin Rovinescu commending the governments of Canada, US and Mexico on reaching a new trade agreement:

    “While the details of the agreement need to be fully assessed, the proposed USMCA should not only promote greater trade and economic stability, but also provide numerous opportunities for future growth”.

    Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad acting CEO Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin on plans to upgrade all three runways at Kuala Lumpur International Airport within the next five years:

    “This is part of our obligation in ensuring that runway sustainability and safety at all our airports are maintained on a continuous basis… Runway 3 will be upgraded in Sep-2019, while Runway 1 and 2 will be upgraded in 2021 and 2023 respectively”.