Your weekly travel and aviation Quote-a

1 April, 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. 

FCM Travel calls on big business to follows SMEs in return to travel

FCM Travel issued support for Australia's Government's announcement that pre-departure testing for international arrivals will be removed from 17-Apr-2022, and has called for big businesses to return aeronautical travel. FCM GM Australia Melissa Elf stated: "We've already seen small-to-medium sized enterprises roaring back to recruitment, events, and trade since domestic borders reopened as they recognise this is their window of opportunity to make big leaps forward – now is the time for big business to do the same".

Qantas Group CEO: 'Responding to climate change is a big challenge, but we will get there'

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce stated "Aviation is a crucial industry, especially in a country the size of Australia. Having a clear plan to decarbonise Qantas and Jetstar so we can keep delivering these services in the decades ahead is absolutely key to our future". Mr Joyce said: "Responding to climate change is a big challenge, but we will get there", noting that partnerships with industry and all government levels will be "key to create the supply chains we need, and customers will have a role to play as well in supporting more sustainable options".

Star Alliance CEO: Vaccination certificates may become unnecessary for travel

Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh stated COVID-19 vaccination certificates may become unnecessary for travel. Mr Goh said: "If you look to the future, if we were all vaccinated, or if we were all 90% vaccinated, why would you get a vaccination certificate? There will come to a point where maybe you don't really need this".

Garuda Indonesia CEO: No plans to raise air fares

Garuda Indonesia CEO Irfan Setiaputra stated Indonesia's Ministry of Transportation has not changed the price of air tickets, especially regarding price limits. Mr Setiaputra added: "As long as the Ministry of Transportation does not make any changes, we have not increased fares or flight ticket prices at all".

Air Seychelles CEO reports year of 'agility and resilience' in 2021

Air Seychelles acting CEO Sandy Benoiton stated the carrier's performance in 2021 reflected "great agility and resilience" despite the destabilising impacts of emerging COVID-19 variants and ongoing travel restrictions. In addition to the intermittent resumption of scheduled operations, the carrier transported 16,121 passengers on charter and repatriation services to over 20 new regional destinations. Air Seychelles also noted its milestone expansion to Australia, inaugurating repatriation services to Perth and Sydney with A320neo aircraft in May-2021.]

Fiji Airways CEO: 'We’re already projecting big arrivals numbers over the coming months'

Fiji Airways CEO Andre Viljoen issued support for the easing of Fiji's travel requirements, noting: 'We're already projecting big arrivals numbers over the coming months and now we expect the numbers to look even better". Mr Viljoen said: "Our guests can trust our commitment to safety", adding "Our entire workforce is fully vaccinated and boosted".

Avolon CEO: Re-entering Russian market in future will be 'very difficult' for lessors

Avolon CEO Domhnal Slattery commented on the potential future participation of aircraft lessors in the Russian market, stating: "In terms of future appetite in a post-war scenario for further business in Russia, I think all players in our sector will think long and hard about the risks of that jurisdiction and the appetite for going back in". Mr Slattery also said: "I think it'll be very difficult for the aircraft leasing sector in general, and Avolon specifically, to underwrite new business in Russia for a very long period of time - if ever".

Canada Jetlines 'willing and excited' to work with travel agency partners: CCO

Canada Jetlines CCO Duncan Bureau stated the airline is "very focused" on its relationship with the travel trade. Mr Bureau said the carrier aims "to be on as many shelves as possible" and will "strategically align with travel agency partners". He added: "Our economic model will be very different from what's in the marketplace today and we're willing and excited to work with our travel agency partners".