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.

    Navair CEO Carsten Fich on a lack of air traffic controllers in Central Europe causing more than every third flight from Copenhagen Kastrup Airport may be delayed:

    “There should be a focus on the issue and be pressed for a common European solution. A solution that provides incentives to ensure sufficient capacity in the European sky, so that Denmark and the EU travellers can go on holidays and business trips without delay”.

    Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi on the airport’s growth:

    “We have seen a really steady growth in Melbourne and this has been a trend for the last 10 to 15 years”, adding “Melbourne has been lucky to lead international activity growth”. Mr Strambi said: ‘Melbourne is the fastest growing city in Australia, it will overtake Sydney and is a very attractive source destination for airlines, this is part of the reason why we have to really strike”.

    Tigerair Australia CEO Merren McArthur on gender diversity:

    “Creating diverse workplaces is not a box ticking exercise, it’s about creating a pathway and it starts with the way we recruit. We must attract the talent, look at the right places and build awareness, you need to engage with your audience, understand their community and remove any unwanted bias and hidden barriers”. Ms McArthur added: “It is also important to recruit based on merit”.

    Air Vanuatu CEO Derek Nice on the carrier being “very careful” in approaching the long haul market:

    “We can’t use the Fiji Airways approach and bring in a 300 seat airliner and start flying everywhere. We have to be far more scalpel-like than that”.

    airBaltic CEO Martin Gauss on confirming the carrier remains satisfied with its model of cooperation with other airlines:

    “These partnerships work very well for us; if we now decided to join an alliance we would maybe have some benefits, but we would have to give up the codeshares”.

    IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta on the LCC’s results for FY2018/2019:

    “The results were of course not great, in that we essentially had a break-even year”, adding: “But it is important to note that we made a sharp U turn during the year with losses in the first two quarters and then a recovery of profits in the last two quarters”.