“You can maybe fly internationally from May 17. We’ll tell you where in early May. And it might be very expensive.” This paraphrases the latest message from the UK government to airlines and passengers.
For the CEOs of some of the world’s largest airlines, coronavirus hasn’t just meant wrecked financials and networks. They are rebuilding their carriers with a new perspective on what it means to be a good corporate leader and citizen.
Kadri Samsunlu, CEO of Istanbul Airport, tells Routes editor-in-chief Wes Charnock why he expects 2021 to be “a year of partial normalization” for air transport and outlines the key markets IST is focusing on during the recovery.
To many, Surf Air Mobility’s acquisition of hybrid-electric aircraft pioneer Ampaire may seem to be small news. Neither company is a household name. But if their plans succeed, the deal could prove to be a milestone for regional aviation and electric aircraft.
Glyn Hughes, director general of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), discusses the challenges faced by the air cargo industry during the pandemic, from mobilizing to deliver COVID-19 vaccines globally to coping with the reduction in passenger aircraft belly capacity.
Etihad Airways was three years into a major transformation program when the coronavirus pandemic took hold. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier is transitioning from its previous management’s policy of rapid expansion and equity partnerships with other airlines.