Interviews

Helsinki Airport centralises operations in Terminal 2 during COVID-19 crisis

Helsinki Airport centralises operations in Terminal 2 during COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has hugely impacted air traffic in Finland. In March, Helsinki Airport’s passenger numbers were down 57.2% compared with the same period last year. Ulla Lettijeff, Director, Helsinki Airport, and SVP Finavia Corporation, spoke to Ross Falconer about the comprehensive COVID-19 crisis management initiatives taking place at the airport.

Frankfurt Airport responds to COVID-19 crisis with defined procedures and major cost-reductions

Frankfurt Airport responds to COVID-19 crisis with defined procedures and major cost-reductions

Like the rest of the European airport industry, Frankfurt Airport has been hit by the COVID-19 crisis, which has affected all business areas from flight operations to ground handling, retail and cargo (especially belly cargo on passenger flights). Robert Payne, Fraport international spokesman, discussed the FRA response to the crisis with Ross Falconer.

Budapest Airport on COVID-19 crisis management: “Act swiftly, check the trends, be bold but be calm”

Budapest Airport on COVID-19 crisis management: “Act swiftly, check the trends, be bold but be calm”

After five years of double-digit growth, Budapest Airport saw passenger numbers fall by almost 58% in March as it feels the impact of COVID-19. Kam Jandu, Chief Commercial Officer, Budapest Airport, speaks to Airport Business’ Ross Falconer about the importance of cohesive thinking and planning to the industry’s recovery.

SAVE Group’s COVID-19 crisis management strategy amid huge traffic reduction

SAVE Group’s COVID-19 crisis management strategy amid huge traffic reduction

The impact of COVID-19 on the SAVE Group airports is a huge traffic reduction of up to 99% at Venice Airport, and the closure of Treviso and Verona airports due to the cancellation of commercial flights. Here, Corrado Fischer, Chief Operating Officer, explains SAVE Group’s crisis management initiatives to Airport Business’ Ross Falconer.

“Information, flexibility and a good team” key to Vienna Airport’s COVID-19 crisis management strategy

“Information, flexibility and a good team” key to Vienna Airport’s COVID-19 crisis management strategy

Vienna Airport has experienced a strong decrease in passenger numbers and flight movements since the end of February 2020. While still operating to serve repatriation and cargo flights, at present there are only a very few regular passenger flight operations. Peter Kleemann, Spokesperson, gave Ross Falconer an insight into the Vienna Airport COVID-19 crisis management strategy.