The former Director UK Market at easyJet joined Flybe’s new management team exactly a year ago. In that time Flybe has made some dramatic changes, most notably the decision to exit London Gatwick, sell all its slots there to easyJet, and refocus its key London operations on London City Airport (LCY) where, of course, its Q400 aircraft types are absolutely ideal.
Nobody could spell or pronounce the name of this airport when it opened in 2001,” says Gökhan Buğday, the CEO of Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SGIA). Buğday was talking to Airport Business just shortly after achieving yet another record day in which SGIA handled over 90,000 passengers.
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SGIA) is 60% owned by Malaysia Airports Holdings and 40% by Limak Holding – the Turkish construction company that is also the lead partner in the consortium building, and set to operate, the new Istanbul Grand Airport. Limak is therefore the chief rival of TAV Airports, the operator of Atatürk which (according to comments made by TAV Airports’ CEO Dr Sani Şener to Airport Business) “walked away” from the IGA deal when bids for the 25-year airport concession eventually rose beyond €26 billion.
Now in the 75th year of its operation, Birmingham Airport and its position as a key gateway to the UK is stronger than ever, as passenger numbers once again blossom under the region’s economic prosperity. As opportunities multiply for the Midlands’ primary airport, CEO Paul Kehoe discussed with Amy Hanna the importance of its local community, the urgency of connections with China, and the role the airport plays in the future of the UK’s aviation landscape.
“Airports who want to work with Vueling need to appreciate what service level business travellers expect”
Alex Cruz, CEO of Vueling, in conversation with Airport Business, on Rome’s importance, on not liking low cost terminals, and on working with airports to increase passenger spend.