The Big Interview: Conor McCarthy

After 43 years in the business, Conor McCarthy is now chief executive of Ireland’s newest start-up airline, Emerald Airlines, which will fly around 30 routes from early next year

Conor McCarthy, chief executive, Emerald Airlines: ‘It has come full circle and I’ve come back here, literally to within 100 yards of where I started in Aer Lingus, in Hangar 5. It’s very exciting.’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

In brief:

Name and role: Conor McCarthy, chief executive of Emerald Airlines

Lives: Dublin, Ireland

Age: 59

Family: married with four children in their 20s

My working day: “Believe it or not, Covid has made my working week much more predictable, but that’s going to change with travel back on the agenda. I generally start my working day at around 6:30am at home when I run through the latest email/WhatsApp traffic from the night before, ...