Carlos Muñoz, CEO of Volotea: “Our priorities, after safety, of course, are offering an excellent travel experience, maintaining high levels of on-time performance, and continuing to take good care of our customers”

Source: ATN Last year you celebrated 10 years what are the key points of the success? While every airline is different, at Volotea, our success is due to a combination of factors, the first being that we offer routes among small and medium-sized cities that, before our arrival, required a connection in a major hub. Among other factors, we can certainly include our foresight in identifying opportunities, the strategic expansion of our network, and a consistent approach to executing our plans. Additionally, our pilots and cabin crew, and HQ staff - this year we will employee around 1750 people – together with our airport partners have all played a critical role in the process. And, of course, we would be [...]

2023-06-01T21:17:29+03:00June 1st, 2023|Interviews|

Ismail Polat, Chief Planning Officer at iGA Istanbul Airport: “We are encouraging airlines to connect Latin America to other parts of the world through our city”

By Jeff Peet, ALA News Managing Editor, from Istanbul. In terms of the environment, you have made a huge advance in water saving, for example. What are the improvements you have implemented and was that a goal or is it part of a greater plan? We are committed to the 2050 goals of the industry. When we started this project back in 2014-2015, the first department that was formed was the one dedicated to the environment. Even before the design and planning stages, such area was already in place so the whole project was put in that perspective. But environment to us goes beyond as we have managed sustainability concerns and improvements from the first minute. That has been an [...]

2023-03-17T02:04:05+02:00March 16th, 2023|Interviews|

Andrés Ortega, CEO at OPAIN: “In the operation of (Bogota’s) El Dorado International Airport, to date we have reduced Greenhouse Gas emissions by 41%”

Source: ACI-LAC 1.- What do you think is necessary to stimulate innovation in the airport industry and what innovations will be most needed in the coming years in Latin America? Airport infrastructures have the great challenge of being at the forefront and respond to the needs of the changing world, especially to ensure that they can have a more sustainable operation and in harmony with the environment, and at the same time achieve efficiencies that allow them to be more profitable and meet current and future needs. That is why it is necessary, as we have been doing at El Dorado airport, to transform strategies to meet business objectives while being sustainable. Thanks to our sustainable infrastructure, El Dorado is [...]

2022-11-07T05:26:21+02:00November 3rd, 2022|Interviews|

Pieter Elbers, President and CEO of KLM: “The greatest lesson that this pandemic has taught us is the great resilience of the aviation industry” 

By Jeff Peet, Managing Editor of ALA News, from Amsterdam. 1. What is the balance you can make after more than 8 years at KLM? It is now 8 years indeed at KLM as CEO and a total of 30 years in the company but these last 8 at the helm have three very distinct time-frames for KLM and me. The first one, between 2014 an 2019, was the lead-up to our 100th KLM anniversary so when I started on 2014 we set a goal. It was a very inspirational one about thriving and being an energetic company. That was the first period of my time here as CEO, with a KLM record number of passengers in 2019 of 35.1 [...]

2022-06-01T22:24:30+03:00June 1st, 2022|Interviews|

Intermodal travel: safe and seamless door to door journeys beyond aviation

Source: SITA As travel becomes more connected and intermodal, having unified digital systems that simplify the passenger journey across land, sea and air will become increasingly important. Benoit Verbaere, Director of Business Development, Travel and Transportation at SITA, was requested to share his thoughts on the digital shift brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and explain how te company is bringing its IT and expertise to the wider travel market. 1. As the pandemic reshaped travel, how do you see the state of the market right now? How does the landscape look from a recovery point of view?   The pandemic didn't quash peoples' desire to travel. It has reshaped how they want to travel. Passengers have told us they want [...]

2022-04-04T13:43:24+03:00April 4th, 2022|Interviews|

Xavier Lortat-Jacob, CEO of Nuevo Pudahuel: “ACI standards, projects and recognitions drive the aeronautical industry to be a benchmark against climate change”

Source: ACI-LAC Nuevo Pudahuel has managed to certify the reduction of 11% of emissions in the last three years Among the various lines of action, the construction of an "On-Grid" photovoltaic plant stands out on the roof of the national terminal, which allows it to generate a power of 825,774 kW, which is equivalent to planting more than a thousand trees or taking 130 fuel vehicles out of circulation. traditional 1.- Nuevo Pudahuel Group has just inaugurated the new international terminal at Santiago airport and this operation represents the largest investment in the history of concessions in Chile. How would you describe this show of confidence in the resumption of the air transport industry, which is still suffering from the [...]

2022-03-23T18:02:27+02:00March 23rd, 2022|Interviews|

Flying over Latin America and the Caribbean: Interview with Marcelo Mello, Head of Structured and Assets Finance at Nantes Mello Advogados in Brazil

By Jose Ricardo Botelho* Welcome aboard of a new flight where we share the cabin with Marcelo Mello, Head of Structured and Assets Finance at Nantes Mello Advogados in Brazil, an ALTA consulting member company since 2021. On this occasion we will delve into the impact that the pandemic has had and now the important challenges resulting from the Russia-Ukraine conflict in the financing and leasing of aircraft. A fundamental piece in the cost structure of an airline that is directly related to multiple external and internal factors. There are many variables to consider, and I hope that this article allows us to open a new dialogue to develop more initiatives in order to continue generating efficiencies for the sector [...]

2022-03-07T19:54:43+02:00March 7th, 2022|Interviews|

Monika Infante, CEO of AERODOM and Vice President of Airports Council International for Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC): “The vaccination process in Latin America and the Caribbean is going very well compared to other regions and the traveler already has the confidence to move”

Fuente: ACI-LAC 1.- As the new Vice President of the Board of Directors of ACI-LAC, in your opinion, what will be the main challenges for the sector for this new year? I can say that 2021 leaves us with a message of optimism when we look ahead for several reasons: the vaccination process in Latin America and the Caribbean is going very well compared to other regions and the traveler already has the confidence to move. We see how several countries in the region have had a good recovery of their passenger traffic and capacity, as is the case of Mexico, which was only 10% below pre-pandemic levels in October 2021, or the Dominican Republic, which was only 5% below. [...]

2022-02-01T17:48:14+02:00February 1st, 2022|Interviews|

María Jesús Lopez Solas, Chief Commercial, Network Development and Alliances Officer of Iberia: “Latin America is at the heart of Iberia”

By Jeff Peet, Managing Editor. 1. Iberia has a social and cultural commitment to Latin America that, throughout its 75-year history, has been increasing. That reality must go hand in hand with a commercial consideration, of course. At this point in the pandemic, how is that balance being managed between that socio-cultural commitment and the company's commercial strategy? Having been aggressive in that balance, it has made us precisely even improve our results. It has all been like a very virtuous circle. When the pandemic began, in the first months, almost all the airlines in the world had to reduce operations to zero, maintaining only repatriation flights, medical supplies and vaccine transport but then, in June 2020, we resumed fundamental [...]

2022-08-05T18:12:55+03:00December 1st, 2021|Interviews|

Dr. Rafael Echevarne, General Director of ACI-LAC, after concluding the Annual General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico: “ACI’s visibility is going to be much greater and, on the environmental issue, we will take a leadership position”

1. What stands out as the main achievement after holding this Annual General Assembly of ACI-LAC, beyond the renewal of your board and the resolutions they have adopted? The commitment, the interest of the airports in the region in everything related to the environment has become very clear. That has been one of the main issues we have discussed. It is very clear that there is great interest and, in fact, it is one of the issues that we will be reinforcing next year as part of an strategy at ACI-LAC, in the sense of ensuring that all airports are aware of new technologies, of how airports would have to respond to them, such as the development of SAF and, [...]

2021-11-29T21:35:50+02:00November 29th, 2021|Interviews|