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.

    CEFA Aviation CEO Dominique Mineo opening its first office outside of Europe in Shanghai’s Hongqiao development zone:

    “If there is one country where we definitely wanted to establish ourselves strongly, it is China… With more than 40% of our customers based in Asia and most of them in China, our company is preparing for a rapid growth”.

    Airlines for Europe chairman and Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary on its belief that ATC strikes and staff shortages cost the EU economy EUR17.6 billion in 2018 and was the worst year of delays for air passengers in nearly a decade:

    “Progress on aviation has stalled and we are going backwards”. Mr O’Leary continued: “The EU must tackle inefficient air traffic control monopolies through internationalisation of airspace, introduction of competition between air traffic control providers, and quicker delivery and flexible deployment of air traffic controllers”.

    Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary on the perception that his leadership style has become a distraction for the LCC:

    “I think one of the negatives of Ryanair is its association with me, I’m an easy person to target… Too much of the negativity that attracts itself to Ryanair attaches itself because of something stupid I said 25 years ago”.

    Icelandair CEO Bogi Nils Bogason on 2018 being “challenging… The Company’s performance fell short of our projections”:

    “Our operating environment was characterised by strong competition that resulted in low and sometimes irrational airfares and we were faced with significant fuel and carbon price increases during the year”.

    Air Austral CEO Marie-Joseph Malé on the airline’s partnership with Air Madagascar:

    “The optimisation of costs through the pooling of purchases – including fuel, premises, catering, MRO, handling and training – is key to our joint success and, to this end, Air Madagascar has modernised its internet sales tools and revised its pricing”.

    Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority CEO Garry Albert on signing a MoU with ATRiCS covering the development of a trajectory based ATM automation system for tower and approach control services:

    “We are going to implement an ATM modernisation programme that will improve the safety and efficiency throughout our operations, enable us to provide better services to our airline customers and cater for future growth. There has been a significant increase in air traffic movements in and out of the Seychelles International Airport and FIR in recent years.”

    IATA Director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac called for modernisation of air cargo facilities:

    “The problem is not technology. The problem is the speed to market… I challenge stakeholders to find ways to drive critical change at the speed our customers expect”.