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.

Cathay Pacific stated it support’s the Hong Kong Government’s policy of progressive liberalisation: “Traffic rights are an important asset not to be traded lightly” and adding: “Hong Kong enjoys an important geographical position, and foreign carriers are naturally always interested in trying to secure added advantages”.

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport CEO Lyell Strambi said the airport will require a new runway and fifth terminal soon to accommodate growing traffic. Mr Strambi urged the federal government to consider funding these expansion projects in addition to the proposed rail link.

Why airline CEOs should be running the government: Australia‘s former deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer said a “confident” Adelaide should be lobbying Qantas to establish a direct service from South Australia to Europe with Boeing 787-9 aircraft. “Adelaide should be in there, pitching hard for a piece of this”, he said. He added that the “AA route” between Adelaide and Athens would be a good solution, and shorter than Qantas’ planned Perth-London Heathrow route. He added: “The reason why this is a quite a practical suggestion is you have the advantage of a terminal building which is both domestic and international, and would allow a seamless connection at Adelaide Airport”. He also noted that “people going to Europe want to avoid the barnacles of an outdated, overcrowded Heathrow… Athens has a 21st century airport that was opened for the 2004 Olympics, with just as much hub capacity to the rest of Europe as Rome, Istanbul or Frankfurt – and it’s closer to Australia”.

Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti stated the new Hong Kong service is the “spearhead of our Asian expansion”, “the greater China is the future for us”. Mr Borghetti said the carrier aims to raise frequency between Melbourne and Hong Kong to daily “as quickly as possible…before expanding into” other destinations in Australia such as Brisbane and Sydney.

Australia‘s Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester stated Australian airports already have “sophisticated security measures” that “exceed international standards”. The statement was in relation to US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decision to enhance security measures at airports with services to the US as an alternative to banning laptops. Qantas stated it is ready to “liaise with our airport partners to implement any new measures required in Australia for our flights to the US”.