Madhu Unnikrishnan

Madhu is the San Francisco-based editor of Skift Airline Weekly. He previously covered airlines for Aviation Week & Space Technology and Aviation Daily, and he worked in corporate communications for two airlines. He loves typewriters and fountain pens, bicycles, and running trails.

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South Africa’s Airline Market Resets After Comair Failure

Comair, South Africa's second-largest airline, ceased operations earlier this month and is being liquidated. Its failure leaves a vacuum in the country's airline market, Africa's largest, that other airlines will struggle to fill.

South Africa’s Airline Market Resets After Comair Failure

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Why the Biggest Pilots Union Says There Is No Pilot Shortage

The largest U.S. pilots union is trying to prove that there is no pilots shortage; rather, the union argues airline wages are too low. Airlines — and the federal government — say otherwise.

Why the Biggest Pilots Union Says There Is No Pilot Shortage

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Cathay Pacific’s Troubles Embodied in Hong Kong Loan Extension

While airlines around the world and even elsewhere in Asia plot their recovery strategy and add back flights, Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific may have to avail itself of more state aid. The struggling airline flew just 2 percent of its pre-pandemic passengers in April.

Cathay Pacific’s Troubles Embodied in Hong Kong Loan Extension

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JetBlue Ups Hostile Offer for Spirit Airlines to $3.4 Billion

JetBlue is raising the ante in its bid for Spirit Airlines in advance of the June 10 shareholders vote on the rival offer from Frontier Airlines. Spirit's board continues to recommend that shareholders vote for the Frontier offer.

JetBlue Ups Hostile Offer for Spirit Airlines to $3.4 Billion

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Delta Air Lines Revenues Fully Recovered From Pandemic

"I think the human spirit wants to travel," Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said. And he's seeing the proof. Delta forecasts its second-quarter revenues will be fully recovered to 2019 levels. Ticket prices will rise, as the airline still is flying only 82 percent of its 2019 capacity: Good for the airline, but summer travel will be more expensive.

Delta Air Lines Revenues Fully Recovered From Pandemic

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SAS Threatens Bankruptcy Unless the Airline Gets a Deal on Cost Savings

The years-long business transformation at Scandinavia's SAS could be derailed unless the airline can pry more costs out its operations. If it can't CEO Anko Van der Werff is threatening the European equivalent of bankruptcy protection.

SAS Threatens Bankruptcy Unless the Airline Gets a Deal on Cost Savings

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Delta Air Lines Cites Sick Staff, Air Traffic Control in Summer Schedule Reductions

Delta Air Lines is the latest U.S. carrier to trim its summer schedule. Fewer flights plus record demand will result in higher fares this summer as travelers flock to the airways to take long-delayed vacations.

Delta Air Lines Cites Sick Staff, Air Traffic Control in Summer Schedule Reductions

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Spirit Airlines Board Blasts JetBlue’s Bid as ‘Cynical’

This could get ugly. Spirit's board is coming out swinging against JetBlue's unsolicited merger offer and is urging shareholders to vote against it. Meanwhile, JetBlue claims Spirit's board is marred by conflicts of interest and is not looking out for shareholders by pushing the deal with Frontier.

Spirit Airlines Board Blasts JetBlue’s Bid as ‘Cynical’

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U.S. Pilot Staffing Will Take Years to Sort Out

Is there a pilot shortage in the U.S.? That's one of the most hotly debated questions in the airline industry. But the upshot for passengers is the same regardless of what the industry thinks: Airlines are cancelling more flights and flying reduced schedules this summer because they can't find enough crews.

U.S. Pilot Staffing Will Take Years to Sort Out

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Lufthansa Won’t Quit on Boeing Even With Current Disarray

Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr acknowledges that Boeing is struggling right now, but he's confident the manufacturer will get its house in order.

Lufthansa Won’t Quit on Boeing Even With Current Disarray