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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Airline Weekly

Southwest Airlines: Don’t Blame Our Weekend From Hell on Pilots

Southwest was forced to cancel almost 2,000 flights during the Columbus Day weekend as it faced a perfect storm of weather, air traffic control issues, and staffing shortages. One thing not to blame: A pilot sickout that right-wing media speculated was the cause.

Southwest Airlines: Don’t Blame Our Weekend From Hell on Pilots

Airline Weekly

Los Angeles Airport Approves New Terminal, Concourse for 2028 Olympics

At long last, Los Angeles International Airport's board signed off on a much-needed terminal expansion at the country's second-busieset airport. This will stand the airport and city in good stead for when travel recovers and the city hosts the 2028 Olympic Games.

Los Angeles Airport Approves New Terminal, Concourse for 2028 Olympics

Airlines

Why Holdout Delta Air Lines Is Still Not Mandating Vaccines for Workers

Delta Air Lines is getting public relations blowback by not mandating its employees be vaccinated. Delta points to its voluntary vaccination program as a success, but the Atlanta-based carrier said it will fall into line when the federal government requires contractors to vaccinate crews.

Why Holdout Delta Air Lines Is Still Not Mandating Vaccines for Workers

RwandAir Goes Big With Routes Strategy Backed by Qatar Airways for All of Africa

No airline has succeeded in linking the entire African continent, although many have tried. Now, with a multi-million dollar investment from Qatar Airways, RwandAir hopes to build a continent-spanning network.

RwandAir Goes Big With Routes Strategy Backed by Qatar Airways for All of Africa

Airline Weekly

Emirates President Expects Full Business Travel Recovery Next Year

Emirates President Tim Clark is flouting the conventional wisdom to predict business travel will return to its pre-pandemic level by the end of this year, when many of his peers think it will take a couple of years for it to recovery fully? Wishful thinking, or is he on to something?

Emirates President Expects Full Business Travel Recovery Next Year

Airline Weekly

Republic Airways CEO Says No Rush on IPO for His Regional Carrier

U.S. regional carrier Republic Airways isn't in a rush to go public, despite chatter earlier this year that it was planning to do so. The carrier, which operates flights for American Airlines and United Airlines, believes its long-term future is secure.

Republic Airways CEO Says No Rush on IPO for His Regional Carrier

Online Travel

Tripadvisor CEO Defends Subscription Service Changes That Rattled Investors

Tripadvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer acknowledged that hotels objected to the discounted rates being advertised on the Plus program, but said the change to a points-based wallet will be a hit with consumers. Wall Street wasn't too sure, wiping out $374 million in the day after the news broke.

Tripadvisor CEO Defends Subscription Service Changes That Rattled Investors

Airline Weekly

Latam Airlines Sees U.S. Bookings Jump 350 Percent

When the Biden administration said it would relax entry requirements for vaccinated travelers to the U.S., airlines saw booking surge. Latam, for example, reported bookings rose 350 percent right after the announcement.

Latam Airlines Sees U.S. Bookings Jump 350 Percent

Airlines

Air France-KLM Chief Welcomes Coming Surge in Transatlantic Travel

It's too early to tell if travelers will flock to the U.S. after the Biden administration eased entry requirements for European visitors to the U.S., Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith said. Instead, next summer could be when travel across the Atlantic resurges.

Air France-KLM Chief Welcomes Coming Surge in Transatlantic Travel

Airline Weekly

Justice Department Sues American, JetBlue Over Northeast Alliance

Airline consolidation has gone too far, or that's what the Biden Justice Department says by suing to undo the American Airlines-JetBlue Northeast Alliance. The airlines, of course, say the alliance helps, not harms, consumers.

Justice Department Sues American, JetBlue Over Northeast Alliance