Issue No. 810

What's Next for South America's Airlines?

Latin America's Airline Recovery Still Hard to Predict, Will Vary by Country

Pushing Back: Inside This Issue

The airline industry in Latin America and the Caribbean is in a tough spot. Some of its largest players are in the bankruptcy process, and some have stopped flying altogether, and the ones that remain are finding the region's patchwork quilt of travel restrictions tough to plan around. Some countries, like Mexico, are completely open. Others, like Chile, are shutting down again. And meanwhile, the coronavirus has shown it's not close to done, with a worrisome new surge of infections and deaths in Brazil. We take a look at the region in this week's Feature Story.

Elsewhere in this issue, Norse Atlantic's CEO is confident the U.S. will grant a foreign air carrier permit, despite noises from some of those who fought Norwegian Air International's entry into the U.S. It's a wholly different airline, Bjørn Tore Larsen said. Former United and Allegiant executive Andrew Levy's new airline starts flights at the end of the month. A Canadian airline plans to be like Porter, while Porter is grounded. And Frontier added a lot of routes.

Verbulence

"If you have the lowest costs in the industry, you have an advantage over every other airline competing for the same passengers."

Norse Atlantic CEO Bjørn Tore Larsen

The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

New episodes drop every Thursday and are available on our site or wherever you get your podcasts. In the latest episode, Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan and Brian Sumers, Skift editor at large, debate whether the U.S. really is on the cusp of a summer travel boom for airlines, or whether people will continue spending their discretionary income on plants (and other things).

Weekly Skies

Norse Atlantic Airways CEO Bjørn Tore Larsen brushed off comparisons to Norwegian Air and is confident the U.S. will approve the new airline in time for its planned transatlantic launch later this year or in the first quarter of next…

Fleet

Japan Airlines has retired its 13 remaining Boeing 777s powered by Pratt & Whitney engines a year ahead of schedule, the airline said. The aircraft were expected to leave the fleet in March of next year but were retired this…

Routes and Networks

British Airways is off to the overseas territories from London City. (Well, one British Overseas Territory and one Peculiar of the Crown.) The carrier is two seasonal flights per week each to Gibraltar (British Overseas Territory) and Jersey (Peculiar of…

State of the Unions

United Airlines is spreading its wings into new territory with the opening of its own flight school and commitment to increasing diversity in the flight deck through a multi-million-dollar scholarship partnership with JPMorgan Chase, the company announced this week.

Feature Story

Frequently changing travel restrictions and a lack of coordination among governments in Latin America are complicating airlines’ recovery and ability to plan, several executives and industry leaders in the region said.