Travel Extra’s Quotes of the week Jan 27 2013

Aer Lingus is going nowhere, sub scale, a peripheral airline – Michael Cawley at the Global Airfinance Conference in Dublin’s Four Seasons Hotel

We have a bright future for Aer Lingus. If you don’t move forward in this industry you are moving backwards. – Michael Cawley at the Global Airfinance Conference in Dublin’s Four Seasons Hotel

Shannon airport’s cost base is currently higher than its industry peers, partly because of its reduced traffic levels – Rosie Hynes at the Oireachtas confirms that none of the 230 staff at Shannon will lose their jobs

‘This decision will protect Shannon Airport against an emerging and growing Knock Airport.  Knock is nine times more efficient in terms of cost. The Government is looking at a company that is losing €8m a year and has decided to reward it. It is an airport where the subvention of its losses costs the taxpayer €6 per passenger per year, by comparison with Ireland West Airport, where the subvention of its losses is 87 cent per passenger. – Liam Scollan of Knock Airport.

I’ve had my run-ins with Ryanair, but if you look at the facts are a massive airline flying huge numbers of planes and passengers and their safety record to date has been exemplary. – Leo Varadkar.

I honestly wish all the best to my colleagues at Boeing to put this aircraft back in flight. I don’t bet on the difficulties of a competitor in order to build Airbus’ success.” Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier.

We got to where we are through a fluke of history and the genius of (GPA boss) Tony Ryan, but we can’t rest on our laurels. We’re dealing with dollar-based assets made outside of Ireland for customers outside of Ireland, so there is a significant risk.” Joe Gill on the threat to Ireland’s pre-eminence in the world of aircraft leasing

We were pleased to take a small investment, – James Hogan downplays Etihad’s recent snap-up of Aer Lingus shares.

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