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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S&P Downgrades Air Travel Demand Forecast

S&P Downgrades Air Travel Demand Forecast

Airlines

How Southwest Plans to Shrink by 25 Percent But Not Lay Off Workers

By any measure, the second quarter has been historically awful for the U.S. airline industry, and Southwest was no exception. Green shoots at the start of the quarter have been crushed as Covid-19 continues to rampage across the U.S.

How Southwest Plans to Shrink by 25 Percent But Not Lay Off Workers

Coronavirus

Assessing the Damage: The Airline Industry’s Grim First Half

There's no getting around it: The first half of 2020 has been grim for airlines. Hopes for a quick recovery have fizzled. Until the virus is contained or an effective vaccine or therapeutic is found, airlines will continue to struggle.

Assessing the Damage: The Airline Industry’s Grim First Half

Airlines

The Coming Apocalypse for U.S. Airline Labor

A travel recovery may be starting, but it may not be enough to save thousands of U.S. airline jobs. Unless Congress acts to extend payroll protections, mass layoffs could start on October 1.

The Coming Apocalypse for U.S. Airline Labor

Airlines

Don’t Count on Airlines to Fully Recover for 3 Years: Delta CEO

It could have been worse. Delta Air Lines reported $8.6 billion in first quarter revenue, but demand fell by 95 percent in April. The second quarter could be way more ugly, even after the airline cut its schedule by 85 percent.

Don’t Count on Airlines to Fully Recover for 3 Years: Delta CEO

Coronavirus

Comparing Best and Worst Case Scenarios for the Airlines

It will take years for the airline industry to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. That much is a given. But what shape will that recovery take and how long will it last? Skift Airline Weekly debated two scenarios — the optimistic and the pessimistic view. Where the industry goes from here depends on how long it takes for passengers to want to fly, how long the recession lasts, and how robustly governments respond.

Comparing Best and Worst Case Scenarios for the Airlines

Airlines

What You Need to Know About U.S. Airlines Now in a World Turned Upside-Down

U.S. airlines were in a position of strength. And then the coronavirus crisis struck. Although no carrier has announced layoffs or has requested a government bailout, the days, weeks, and months ahead look rough.

What You Need to Know About U.S. Airlines Now in a World Turned Upside-Down

Tourism

What 2019 Taught Us About the U.S. Airline Industry

No other country or region has an airline industry as strong as that of the U.S. What's the secret? Have U.S. airlines cracked the perennially difficult code to airline profitability, and will it last? Skift Airline Weekly dove deep and zeroed in on trends that explain the U.S. airlines' success.

What 2019 Taught Us About the U.S. Airline Industry

Airlines

Alaska Airlines Joins Oneworld Alliance: What That Means for Flights Out of Seattle

Alaska Airlines startled the airline world by announcing it will enter the Oneworld global alliance. It also plans to coordinate more deeply with American, especially after American launches London and Bangalore flights from Seattle. But will the two be able to compete with powerhouse Delta, which also flies internationally from Seattle?

Alaska Airlines Joins Oneworld Alliance: What That Means for Flights Out of Seattle

Airlines

JetBlue CEO Warns Flight Shaming Is Coming to the U.S.

It may have started as a fringe movement in Sweden, but flight shaming is coming to the U.S. JetBlue plans to head it off at the pass by investing in offsetting programs and biofuels. But its real green deal may be in its new aircraft.

JetBlue CEO Warns Flight Shaming Is Coming to the U.S.