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This week in aviation, one ultra low-cost carrier faces little competition in a turbulent Venezuela, EasyJet hopes its loyalty perks will help it navigate a difficult future, and IndiGo maps out a new strategy to expand its routes.

Airline News Weekly Roundup

Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines aviation.

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This Airline Actually Sees Opportunity in Venezuela’s Turmoil: If you want to make a fortune in business, you need to go where your competitors will not be. Venezuela certainly fits that. But that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.

EasyJet Flies Toward Uncertain Summer of a European Slowdown: It’s not a great time to be running a European short-haul airline, but EasyJet is trying to make the best of it. While growing its holiday and business travel offerings is probably a smart move, it’s difficult to see them making much of a difference if the economic climate keeps getting worse.

Alaska Airlines and El Al Team Up on Loyalty: Alaska is launching a loyalty partnership with yet another outlying international air carrier. At this rate, it doesn’t need to fully join an airline alliance.

India’s Low-Cost IndiGo Sets Its Long-Haul Sights on Europe: Despite the well-documented challenges, airline bosses won’t give up on the low-cost, long-haul dream. Will IndiGo be able to pull it off?

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Photo credit: Computer rendering of Viva Air Airbus320neo. Viva Air CEO Felix Antelo told Skift this week at the Aviation Festival in Miami that the airline is looking to secure an operating certificate in Venezuela. Airbus

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