Articles by Patrick Whyte

Orlando Airport’s Facial Scanning Progam Will Soon Cover All International Flights

Orlando Airport’s Facial Scanning Progam Will Soon Cover All International Flights

Mike Schneider, Associated Press

Passengers are used to increased security at airports but this latest development will sit uncomfortably with many. The problem is a lack of trust with the companies and governments that capture and use our data.

8 hours ago

Time Is Against UK Regional Airline Flybe as Challenges Mount

Time Is Against UK Regional Airline Flybe as Challenges Mount

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Flybe's management team will be hoping the airline's latest turnaround strategy works, where others have failed. The carrier has plenty of challenges and is operating in a very tough environment. Might it find things easier as part of a bigger aviation group?

15 hours ago

Membership Airline Surf Air Faces $3.1 Million Lawsuit for ‘Unpaid Flight Services’

Membership Airline Surf Air Faces $3.1 Million Lawsuit for ‘Unpaid Flight Services’

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Whatever the merits of the case, this isn't a good look for Surf Air. We'll have to wait and see what kind of impact the allegations have on the company.

1 day ago

Royal Caribbean Places a Big Bet on Expedition Cruising

Royal Caribbean Places a Big Bet on Expedition Cruising

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With expedition cruising set for serious growth over the next few years, it is understandable that one of the big cruise companies has decided to get more involved. The question now is will the others follow?

2 days ago

Norwegian CEO Warms Up to Potential Sale

Norwegian CEO Warms Up to Potential Sale

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Norwegian's CEO seems to be a lot more relaxed about the possibility of selling the company than he was just a few weeks ago. He may still think the airline can thrive independently but if the price is right we should expect a sale.

2 days ago

Norwegian Attracts Lufthansa’s Interest as Bidding War Looms

Norwegian Attracts Lufthansa’s Interest as Bidding War Looms

Christopher Jasper and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

The odds on Norwegian staying an independent company look very slim indeed. The big question then is: where will Norwegian end up? At the moment it's a two-horse race between Lufthansa and IAG.

3 days ago

Iceland’s Tourism Sector Is Hoping for a World Cup Boost

Iceland’s Tourism Sector Is Hoping for a World Cup Boost

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

It's funny how quickly things can change. Maybe it's actually a good thing that growth is slowing. It will give Icelanders an opportunity to re-evaluate what kind of tourism they actually want.

1 week ago

Royal Caribbean Is Buying a $1 Billion Stake in Silversea to Boost Its Luxury Offerings

Royal Caribbean Is Buying a $1 Billion Stake in Silversea to Boost Its Luxury Offerings

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Buying Silversea will certainly improve Royal Caribbean's offering in the luxury and expedition sectors. Will it be happy as a majority shareholder, as it says now, or will it eventually want complete control?

1 week ago

Lightning Strikes Slow Down Fast-Growing Eurowings

Lightning Strikes Slow Down Fast-Growing Eurowings

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Of course weather-related problems are out of a company's hands, but Eurowings is also suffering because of its very ambitious growth strategy.

1 week ago

Gatwick Airport Is Spending Big to Try to Close the Gap With Heathrow

Gatwick Airport Is Spending Big to Try to Close the Gap With Heathrow

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Undeterred by the UK government's rejection of its runway expansion plans, Gatwick is planning to splash the cash on upgrading its terminals. There is, however, only so much you can do with a single runway.

1 week ago

Taking Luxury Hotel Service to Sea

Taking Luxury Hotel Service to Sea

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Hotel-cruise crossovers are pretty rare these days, so it will be interesting to see how the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection fares. Will the brand power be enough to entice land-lovers to take to water?

1 week ago

India’s Government Will Try Again to Sell Its National Airline

India’s Government Will Try Again to Sell Its National Airline

Shruti Srivastava and Vrishti Beniwal, Bloomberg

If at first you don't succeed ... try again, and again, and again. Unless someone out there is willing to take a risk, the Indian government looks like it will be stuck with the loss-making Air India.

1 week ago