What to Know Now

Far be it from the Skift Business Traveler team to cast shade on company so grand as Hertz, but the data crossing our desks just keeps getting worse. This week, the company reported income 68% lower than expected as the company continues to reshuffle its management team and get its act together following the catastrophic reign of its former CEO. The news comes on the tail of a massive reorganization within the company and the closure of over 200 locations.

The nadir, one hopes, has finally been reached, but Hertz has a lot of ground to make up after a really demoralizing year.

Social Quote of the Day

.@Hertz overcharged me by $200 so I bought $200 in Twitter ads to let people know how terrible they are –

– @mdp | Mark Percival



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Baggage Complaints Are on the Rise for U.S. Airline Passengers: If U.S. airline passengers seem slightly more agitated than last year, it’s not a coincidence. Overall complaints lodged against U.S. and foreign airlines are up about 20% year-over-year for the first six months of 2015. Read more at Skift



New LaGuardia Flying Rules Could Make New York Airport a Boon For Transcontinental Travelers: One of the best things about New York’s LaGuardia airport is its proximity to Manhattan and Brooklyn. Right now, however, that quick access can only be enjoyed by those flying into LaGuardia inside of a 1,500 mile radius, a halo outside of which the airport restricts flights. Read more at Skift

London’s Heathrow Airport Welcomes Friends—Both Real and Imaginary: Some airports want to be known for being the most comfortable or having the best food. But London’s Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest airports, wants travelers to know that they’re equipped for your invisible friend. Read more at Condé Nast Traveler

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Hertz Has Another Lousy Quarter as Net Income Tumbles: Hertz Global Holdings Inc., after an era of weak financial oversight, said second-quarter net income fell 68 percent. The earnings missed analysts’ estimates and the shares fell. Read more at Skift



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Photo Credit: A Hertz car rental shuttle pulls away from Los Angeles International Airport. Atomic Taco / Flickr