14.10.2011 [The Independent] - No one could accuse WillieWalsh of not taking risks with his business airline subsidiary, OpenSkies. The then-BA chief executive created the airline in summer 2008. That was when BA abandoned flights between Manchester and New York.
13.10.2011 [Self-catering-breaks.com] - WillieWalsh, who is the International Airlines Group chief executive, said that the government is not planning to publish a policy for aviation until 2013. This is nothing more than a scandal in his eyes. Not only that, but Ryanair has been bashing
12.10.2011 [Breaking Travel News] - Donington-based bmi presently controls approximately ten per cent of the landing slot at the airport, making it attractive to rivals, including British Airways. WillieWalsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group – parent company of British
05.10.2011 [Telegraph.co.uk] - I ask this question because at a travel industry convention this week, WillieWalsh, chief executive of British Airways's parent company, insisted that business conditions were not as bad as portrayed, and expressed “a very real concern that we are
10.10.2011 [CompareAway] - The chief executive of International Airline Group, WillieWalsh has requested that the UK government look at how badly the Air Passenger Duty is affecting the economy. He said that the Chancellor of the Exchequer needs to consider
07.10.2011 [Travel Weekly UK] - The convention heard from BA parent IAG chief executive WillieWalsh who launched a scathing attack on the coalition government and its policy on APD. He demanded the tax be phased out, a stronger position than the one currently taken by Abta
07.10.2011 [Travel Weekly UK] - The airline industry wants a global scheme established by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) – a call repeated this week by International Airlines Group chief executive WillieWalsh at Abta's Travel Convention.
04.01.2011 by Jessica Bown BA chief executive WillieWalsh said: "The response we've had to the launch of routes including the Maldives, Las Vegas and Marrakech has been incredible. We've seen destinations in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean becoming even more ...
John Stewart writes, in a blog for HACAN, that at at conference on 30th November WillieWalsh said he did not believe a 3rd runway at Heathrow would ever be built and that British Airways was basing its future plans on that belief by buying slots from other airlines at Heathrow and expanding its operations in Madrid. This has important implications for the future of UK aviation policy, and leaves Heathrow Airport without a critical ally. Walsh said BA is planning for life without a new Heathrow runway, and it appears that BA no longer sees the runway as in its commercial interesst. He also said he was opposed to mixed-mode at Heathrow. BA’s newly-acquired Heathrow slots could in due course be used to serve the emerging markets of Asia and Africa and Madrid had good connections to South America.
The issue of whether or not the UK has enough flights to China, and the other rapidly developing economies, is the argument most often used to call for a new runway for the south east of England, and at Heathrow in particular. Even at Heathrow, business passengers are only some 30% of the total. WillieWalsh has spoken out again against the UK visa system for Chinese visitors, which is much more costly and more onerous than obtaining a visa for the European Schengen agreement countries. A UK visa for a Chinese person for the UK costs £80 but only £56 for the Schengen area. Willie says trade with China has been harmed by the UK visa regime that makes foreign businessmen and visitors feel unwelcome. He was speaking on the inaugural flight of BA’s direct service to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, and said the UK needs to put a bit of effort into changing Chinese perceptions they are not welcome. UK APD adds £83 to the cost of an economy flight to China, and visa fees are a real deterrent – much more than a shortage of slots at Heathrow at popular times of day. Walsh said at other European hubs visas for transfer passengers are not required.