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.

    skeyes CEO Johan Decuyper on its 2018 annual report:

    “skeyes is a financially healthy company again, with an excellent service provision. We are among the top players in Europe”. Mr Decuyper continued: “We have different challenges coming our way. Not in the least new European regulation that is based on a liberalisation of air traffic control. Competition will only get tougher”.

    IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac advocating for African governments to be “careful” when considering privatising airports:

    “We understand that many governments in Africa would go for the privatisation option, because of lack of funds, but we are simply saying they should be careful”. Mr de Juniac continued: “We have seen so many bad experiences when airports have been privatised and only a few good ones”.

    Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon on the company planning to allow existing staff to display Tā Moko and non offensive tattoos when wearing their uniform or normal business attire:

    “The change enables to carrier to be on the forefront in embracing diversity and enabling employees to express individuality or cultural heritage”. Mr Luxon additionally noted he can guarantee that no individual applying to work at the airline will be “turned down” for their “tattoo as long as it’s not offensive or inappropriate” as it as a case of “of securing the best person for the job”.

    Air Astana CEO Peter Foster on the carrier signing an MoU with Somon Air with the aim of strengthening the civil aviation infrastructure and air carriers in the region:

    “The airlines of Central Asia face similar challenges and we have agreed on priority areas where we need to combine our efforts to bring up to date industry standards for the sustainable growth of air transport in our region”.

    London Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye on building a third runway:

    “Is not a choice between expansion and the economy – it will enable the UK to flourish post Brexit, whilst mitigating against the worst effects of climate change”. Mr Holland-Kaye added: “If the industry works together to decarbonise the sector we can still travel to all corners of the world on more sustainable planes, having flown from carbon neutral airports”.

    Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon:

    “Premium (cabins are) something we’re really interested in”, adding “there’s a big opportunity for us to look at how we might expand our Business Premier and our premium economy”.

    Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary on the carrier agreeing to purchase Malta Air, a Maltese start up airline:

    “Malta Air will proudly fly the Maltese name and flag to over 60 destinations across Europe and North Africa as we look to grow our Maltese based fleet, routes, traffic and jobs over the next three years… And we look forward to working closely with the Maltese authorities over the coming years as we hope to add over 50 more aircraft to the Maltese register”.

    Irish Aviation Authority CEO Peter Kearney welcomed the new EU drone legislation:

    “We have been working hard over the past number of years with other aviation authorities and the European Aviation Safety Agency on developing EU wide regulations for drones”. Mr Kearey continued “Whilst Ireland has a relatively mature drone culture, we must continue to lead the way and ensure that future opportunities in this space are safely exploited as this dynamic sector continues to evolve”.