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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American Airlines Ends 60 Years of Shuttle History With New York-Boston Exit

It's the end of the line for the storied Eastern Air Shuttle. American, which eventually acquired the shuttle, will exit the New York-Boston market, and its alliance partner JetBlue Airways will operate the route.

American Airlines Ends 60 Years of Shuttle History With New York-Boston Exit

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Is United’s Exit From 8 Smaller U.S. Cities Really Due to a Pilot Shortage?

Why is United Airlines pulling out of eight markets even as it aggressively expands its schedule and hopes to return to its 2019 levels of flying? Is it because those eight routes are unprofitable, or is it feeling the effects of a tight labor market?

Is United’s Exit From 8 Smaller U.S. Cities Really Due to a Pilot Shortage?

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What Global Economists Can Learn From Atlas Air

Some of the pandemic's long-term economic effects are yet unknown. But one thing is certain: A consumer shift toward e-commerce accelerated and is most probably lasting. And air cargo companies are cashing in on the change.

What Global Economists Can Learn From Atlas Air

Airline Weekly

Wizz Air CEO Warns of Capacity Overreach in Europe

Wizz Air CEO József Váradi is taking a different tack from his peers. Instead of seeing a potential bonanza next summer in Europe, he thinks the region's airlines may be too bullish about demand and add too many flights. The upshot? Everyone has an opinion about the recovery, but no one really knows how it will unfold.

Wizz Air CEO Warns of Capacity Overreach in Europe

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Lufthansa Uses Eurowings Expansion to Defend Against Budget Carrier Onslaught

Europe's legacy carriers aren't taking the challenge from low-cost airlines lying down. Lufthansa is using its own budget arm, Eurowings, to retain leisure-travel market share coveted by the likes of Ryanair, Wizz Air, and EasyJet.

Lufthansa Uses Eurowings Expansion to Defend Against Budget Carrier Onslaught

Airline Weekly

Ryanair Plans Big Expansion After Strong Summer Leisure Recovery

Unlike for its U.S. peers, Irish discounter Ryanair's summer was strong from start to finish, thanks to Europe's higher vaccination rates. The airline is planning an aggressive expansion in Europe to capitalize on almost-insatiable demand for leisure travel and while its larger competitors scale back their networks.

Ryanair Plans Big Expansion After Strong Summer Leisure Recovery

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Air France-KLM Budget Arm Transavia Is Leading the Airline Group’s Recovery

Leisure travel will lead airlines out of the pandemic, and the latest sign of that is the outsize performance of Air France-KLM's low-fare, leisure subsidiary, Transavia. The discount carrier's results bested even the group's cargo revenues, which carried it through the earlier part of the pandemic.

Air France-KLM Budget Arm Transavia Is Leading the Airline Group’s Recovery

Airlines

Allegiant Air’s Rare Feat: Higher Revenue Than 2019 and a Profit

Allegiant Air CEO Maurice Gallagher thought returning to 2019 levels of flying would be as easy as "turning on a switch." He was wrong, and disruptions cost the airline millions during the third quarter. Still, Allegiant managed a rare pandemic-era achievement by turning a profit and increasing revenues vs. the 2019 period.

Allegiant Air’s Rare Feat: Higher Revenue Than 2019 and a Profit

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JetBlue Pushes Back on Antitrust Critics Over American Airlines Alliance

JetBlue claims its Northeast alliance with American Airlines will result in $800 million in annual consumer benefits, even though the U.S. Justice Department begs to differ. One thing is certain, though. The alliance will give leisure-focused JetBlue access to American's deep pool of corporate accounts.

JetBlue Pushes Back on Antitrust Critics Over American Airlines Alliance

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Guidance From Airlines Still Held Captive by Shifting Covid Conditions

When will business travelers return? That's the question all airlines want the answer to. Unfortunately, no one can accurately forecast that, and predictions still vary from the end of the year to some time in 2024.

Guidance From Airlines Still Held Captive by Shifting Covid Conditions