Your weekly travel and aviation Quote-a

7 January, 2022

At a time of crisis, it is important that we share our insights and experience, helping each other to contain and mitigate the impact of COVID-19. CTC – Corporate Travel Community each week brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know.   

Denmark sets SAF targets for domestic flights for 2025 and 2030

Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced Denmark's Government aims to make domestic flights operating with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available by 2025 and aims for all domestic flights in Denmark to operate with SAF by 2030. Ms Frederiksen stated: "By 2025, Danes must have the opportunity to fly green on a domestic route", adding: "and by 2030 at the latest, we must be able to fly completely green when we fly domestically in Denmark".

IndiGo CEO: Future bookings 'experiencing a slowdown'

IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta stated the carrier's future bookings are "experiencing a slowdown", adding: "We cannot predict with certainty when the trend will reverse again". Mr Dutta said: "With a modern fleet, dedicated employees and a stronger economic environment, we are well-positioned to leverage all growth opportunities around us". He added: "Our primary focus is to keep our costs low and to grow rapidly in both domestic and international markets".

Royal Jordanian seeking 'serious investment' from government to ensure survival: CEO

Royal Jordanian (RJ) CEO Samer Majali stated the airline is seeking financial support from Jordan's Government, commenting: "What is required now is an investment in the airline... But a decision has to be taken soon". The carrier hopes to receive an initial investment of JOD100 million (USD141.04 million) for 1H2022, to be followed by a second round of funding for the same amount. The funds would help offset revenue lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic and help the airline restore its network and renew its fleet. Mr Majali said: "The government has been reluctant to provide the assistance because of the huge burden on the budget", adding: "Half baked and temporary, patchwork solutions will not work. Either there is a serious investment in RJ or the airline has no chance of survival".

South African Airways 'meeting the goals of delivering an operating profit': CCO

South African Airways CCO Simon Newton-Smith stated the airline is "already meeting the goals of delivering an operating profit" for FY2021/2022 . Mr Newton-Smith said the carrier's original goal after exiting business rescue was to be profitable within two years, commenting: "Right now, if I look at our projections, I think we can get ahead of that". Mr Newton-Smith forecasts that domestic travel in South Africa could return to 2019 levels by mid 2022. He said regional Africa travel could return to "normal" by late 2022 or early 2023, while intercontinental demand is not expected to fully recover until 2025 or 2026.

TAV Macedonia GM: 'we may rise a little bit faster than the developed EU aviation markets'

TAV Macedonia GM Metin Batak said "we will continue in our efforts to find the best operational decisions in order to cope with the changing business environment" due to coronavirus. Mr Batak said North Macedonia's aviation market "should move within ACI's forecast for global air traffic recovery", believing "we may rise a little bit faster than the developed EU aviation markets", and expects "around 80% passenger traffic in 2022… in line with estimates made by renowned global aviation organisations".

TIA outgoing CEO: 'We can have the world's most sustainable tourism industry' in New Zealand

Tourism Industry Aotearoa outgoing CEO Chris Roberts said: "We can have the world's most sustainable tourism industry right here in New Zealand", adding "It's an essential thing that we do". Mr Roberts said tourism is a "vehicle for improving people's understanding of… different environments", with there being "an essential role for New Zealand's tourism industry to play in that".


Magma Aviation CEO: 'We see a good year in 2022 for freighter operators'

Magma Aviation Magma Aviation CEO Conor Brannigan forecast: "We see a good year in 2022 for freighter operators and we see bellyhold capacity slowly coming back from April next year, once the summer schedule in the northern hemisphere comes in". He added: "We see seismic shifts in consumer behaviour and with e-commerce continuing and that can only be good for freighter providers who have the right capacity in the right markets to capitalise on that. In 2023 we will see further softening in the market because of the return of belly capacity, and we see the likes of Africa unfortunately still getting to grips with COVID later into next year".