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S1:E181 | 15th January 2021

The Weekend Show with Chris Notter and Steven Dickson (part 38)


So much news and so much blues.

CV-19 still holding us all and our business in a strangle hold.
Different responses – different approaches and different impacts.

However — POSITIVE signs of how reaction will cascade once more positive news arrives — higher vaccinations, less cases, coming out of winter etc..
The light is back on in the tunnel!

Thank heavens for the Vaccine debate as without the multiple vaccine’s options – our tomorrows would be very overcast indeed.
Great respect and appreciation to all those dealing with direct frontline covid cases.
• Industry Teamwork and Collaboration – an energetic exchange on why the industry MUST come together now and stop competing on various hygiene or sanitization score cards / criteria for awards and certain PR campaigns
o We must hunker down as a Team and grow the cake together and then decide on the slices and sizes..
• Airports and Industry sectors need to be consistent and clear – then ensure competence and compliance so that consumers can see effective control.
• Testing still a debate – on departure / on arrival / levels of immunity, – how to demonstrate effectiveness?
o IATA looking into best way forward
o IATA Travel Pass
o Should crews be deemed frontline critical worker staff and have access to vaccines?
o Is the debate around who decides on who is a critical worker?
• Will there be a scenario of No Vaccine, No fly or No Vaccine no Restaurant/no theatre / no concert / no cruise etc?
o Differences of opinion / different motivations
• Options for some countries to allow visitors with vaccine to enter and support economies reliant on tourism whilst addressing internal infection rates and vaccine rollout.
• A little touch on politicians and references to types of virus
• Ridiculous repercussions in some areas to Brexit – the infamous ham sandwich..!! Is this necessary or even newsworthy.
In addition,
• Norwegian Canx long haul routes – more woes for LGW and especially regional airports in US
• Other industry threats :
o Data breaches — Always just another threat away!
o Surveys and customer experience memory impact — how will the consumer respond when business options / choices return i.e. refund policies

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Music used: Distant Lands – Hanu Dixit.mp3



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Chris Notter started his career with H.M.Customs & Excise before moving into Freight Forwarding. He then entered the Airline side of the business, spending 29 years with German Carrier Lufthansa. Chris always references Lufthansa as being “the best possible training platform that anyone could have been given in their early career years.” Since leaving Lufthansa, Chris has held senior leading industry roles including -Head of Cargo with Etihad, both VP of Operations at the HUB and VP of Network with Qatar Airways. More recently and during some 5 years with Saudi Cargo, he has held the position of VP Network Operations as well as Chief Ground Handling Officer. Since early 2019, Chris has once again returned to Consultancy as well as hosting the EVA Podcast series.