Issue No. 864
From the Ashes of the Pandemic, Sky Harbor Soars
Pushing Back: Inside the Issue
Few places boomed like Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, did during the pandemic. People from all over the country were lured by its wide-open spaces, warm climate, relatively lower-cost real estate, and strong economy as Covid-19 raged, especially as remote working became a thing. And Sky Harbor, the city's airport, boomed in concert with the city it serves. Traffic is already at 95 percent of its pre-Covid level, and the airport soon could join the ranks of airports like Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Chicago O'Hare in handling more than 50 million annual passengers. We go in depth in this week's Feature Story.
Elsewhere in this issue, Spirit has spurned JetBlue's advances for a second time and is urging shareholders to vote for a merger with Frontier. Ryanair's CEO Michael O'Leary is up to his usual antics, blasting Brexit for staffing woes. Things are looking up for Singapore Airlines, even though its cargo revenue far outstrips passenger revenue. And AerCap's CEO said the rebound in travel demand could result in a shortage of aircraft. We've said it here many times, but we'll say it again: Never a dull moment in this industry.
The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast
Abra, the new holding company planned by Colombia's Avianca and Brazil's Gol, would knit together South America in what Copa CEO called a spider web (although he said he's not too concerned about it). In this week's episode, Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan take a look at what the new transnational company could look like and why Copa is doing well. And then they blame Alanis Morrissete for ruining the word "ironic." Go here for a full archive of the 'Lounge.