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Europe in Disarray

Europe's hot, vaxxed travel summer already appears in shambles. Staffing issues across aviation are prompting carriers to proactively cancel flights during busy July and August, flight caps are in place at three of the continent's busiest airports and counting, and...

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KLM CEO Pieter Elbers Plans His Next Move

At the start of the pandemic and through 2020 and much of 2021, industry observers predicted airlines without domestic markets — like Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, KLM, and Singapore Airlines — would struggle to regain their pre-pandemic markets, and that...

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Phoenix Rising

One would think leading Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport out of the pandemic would be easy. The airport checks many of the boxes that have proven to be pluses in the recovery: An outdoor-oriented destination in a growing U.S. Sunbelt...

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The Miami Boom

As the airline industry recovered from the pandemic, the emphasis has been on domestic hubs like Charlotte and Denver, but one international gateway hub has stood out. That is Miami International Airport (MIA). The gateway is uniquely positioned as close...

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Does Frontier Win From JetBlue’s Spirit Bid?

JetBlue Airways surprised the airline industry when it unveiled a $3.6 billion proposal to acquire Spirit Airlines on April 5, potentially upsetting Frontier Airlines' planned merger with Spirit. But upset or not, Frontier stands to gain no matter what the outcome of which...

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Frontier-Spirit Merger Shakes up U.S. ULCC Market

The ultra-low-cost-carrier model in the U.S. got a big boost last week. Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines unveiled plans to merge in a deal that would create a U.S. budget juggernaut to be reckoned with. The merger would create the...

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Northern Pacific Will ‘Rip Off’ Icelandair Model

Startup Northern Pacific Airways aims to begin connecting the lower 48 U.S. states with Northern Asia via Anchorage by the end of this year — either the third or fourth quarter, depending on when it gets its final approvals from...

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The 5G Crisis That Wasn’t

Chaos was averted last week when two U.S. wireless companies agreed to delay turning on their 5G mobile networks near certain airports, after airlines, airports, and even the president of United States warned that doing so could cripple the national...

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The Pandemic’s Last Impact

No one knows what the final outcome of the Covid-19 pandemic will be on the U.S. airline industry. That was the combined view of five industry leaders at the U.S. National Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.,...

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United CEO Backs Denver Bus Pilot Despite Slow Start

It makes a lot of sense for airlines to use a bus to connect smaller communities to major airports. Buses can go places aircraft cannot, and when they do replace planes, they can do so more cost-effectively and with lower...

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Dubai Airshow Recap

Airframers racked up 493 aircraft orders at a surprisingly newsy Dubai Airshow last week. Airbus counted 404 commercial aircraft and Boeing another 72 jets — or 78 including previous orders to undisclosed customers — with the balance sprinkled between ATR...

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Crowded Transatlantic Market Doesn’t Concern Norse Atlantic

By most accounts, leisure demand across the Atlantic Ocean next summer will be strong, with some arguing that leisure traffic could best even the summer of 2019. Airlines on both sides of the ocean have aircraft to spare, with travel...

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