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The Latest in the JetBlue-Spirit Saga

The future of Spirit Airlines continued to play out like a soap opera last week. JetBlue Airways improved its offer for the discounter on June 6 that prompted Spirit to delay a key vote a day later, and the week...

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Iberia CEO: Now is Time to Invest and Expand

Iberia is leading the recovery at International Airlines Group (IAG). The carrier continues to outperform its group peers in terms of the financial recovery, but CEO Javier Sánchez-Prieto does not see that as a signal to rest on his laurels as the...

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IndiGo Grapples With Passing Through Fuel Costs

IndiGo is navigating between dual headwinds, unfavorable foreign exchange and sharply rising fuel costs, and is reaching a limit of how much of these higher costs it can pass on to passengers. But despite these negative forces, the Indian carrier...

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Ryanair CEO Blames Brexit for Staffing Woes

Ryanair Group CEO Michael O'Leary thinks the UK brought its travel staffing issues on itself with an "inflexible" labor market since the country left the EU in 2020. While the discounter itself does not face staffing issues, O'Leary said during...

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Avianca and Gol Plan South American Airline Group

Two of South America's largest airlines, Avianca and Gol, plan to combine to create a European-style aviation holding company to dominate air travel in Latin America. The new group, Abra, would own Avianca, Gol, and Viva Air outright, as well...

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Lufthansa Warns of Summer Disruptions

Lufthansa is buoyant about the summer ahead, with bookings for June and July already well ahead of pre-pandemic levels. But the optimism is tempered by a harsh reality: Staffing shortfalls across the airline industry that could result in less-than stellar...

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China’s Big 3 Focus on Domestic as Losses Mount

Air China, China Eastern Airlines, and China Southern Airlines, otherwise known as China's Big 3, will focus on the domestic market this year even as localized Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions challenge their operations. The Chinese domestic market has taken a...

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American Mainline Takes a Pilot Shortage Hit

There are two main issues limiting American Airlines schedule this summer: staffing and fleet. The mainline carrier will fly several points less capacity than it would like due to these concerns despite robust demand that executives say will flip it...

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Delta Reaps Fuel Savings From Refinery

The rising cost of fuel is a concern for Delta Air Lines, but the Atlanta-based carrier enjoys a benefit few other airlines in the world can claim: Its own oil refinery. Delta will see a benefit of 20 cents per...

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European Airlines Confident of Strong Summer Demand

European airlines may face the dual challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic recovery and a war on their doorstep in Ukraine. But summer travel demand continues to look strong though another Covid surge, or geopolitical crisis, could knock it off course...

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Air France to Pass on Rising Fuel Costs

Russia's invasion of Ukraine so far has not dented summer demand for travel between North America and Europe, despite fears soon after Russia's invasion of its neighbor last month that Europe's recovering tourism industry could suffer from the fallout, Air...

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U.S. Airlines Largely Unfazed — For Now — by Oil Prices

U.S. airline industry executives largely brushed off concerns that rising oil prices will put a dampener on their still-nascent recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, confident in the resilience of summer demand to absorb higher fares. In the immediate aftermath of...

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