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Why Ryanair Still Doesn’t Need to Be Loved

Why Ryanair Still Doesn’t Need to Be Loved

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Kenny Jacobs has certainly helped soften some of the rougher edges during his time at Ryanair, but plenty of challenges still remain for the no-frills airline that's committed to high growth. How will the low-cost carrier go about navigating them after his departure?

7 months ago

SAS CEO Frets About Coronavirus Crisis Stretching Into Airline’s Peak Summer Months

SAS CEO Frets About Coronavirus Crisis Stretching Into Airline’s Peak Summer Months

Patrick Whyte, Skift

SAS is correct to raise the possibility that coronavirus will stick around. If the number of cases in Europe continues to rise as we head through the rest of the year, the impact on airlines in the region is only going to increase. The big caveat though, is that fuel prices are likely to remain pretty low in that scenario.

7 months ago

Radisson CEO Plays Down Coronavirus Impact on Hotels

Radisson CEO Plays Down Coronavirus Impact on Hotels

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Radisson Hospitality AB doesn't have a large number of guests from China or elsewhere in Asia staying in its hotels, so for now it isn't seeing much of an effect. That could change though, if the outbreak worsens in Europe.

7 months ago

Meliá Hotels Fined $7.2 Million by European Union for Antitrust Breach

Meliá Hotels Fined $7.2 Million by European Union for Antitrust Breach

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The European single market is a sacred thing and anyone caught trying to divide it up like the old days is liable to be on the receiving end of a punishment. In this case, Meliá's cooperation with the investigation has helped cut its fine.

7 months ago

Air France-KLM’s $324 Million in Fuel Savings Likely to Offset Coronavirus Outbreak Costs

Air France-KLM’s $324 Million in Fuel Savings Likely to Offset Coronavirus Outbreak Costs

Patrick Whyte, Skift

For the moment, the drop in fuel price is benefiting Air France-KLM, but if the coronavirus outbreak doesn't ease off, this could all change.

7 months ago

Accor Presses Fast-Forward on Luxury Transformation

Accor Presses Fast-Forward on Luxury Transformation

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Although CEO Sébastien Bazin said the transformation of Accor was pretty much done, he's not taking his foot off the pedal just yet in terms of moving the company more toward the luxury and lifestyle end of the hospitality market.

7 months ago

Europe’s Scandic Hotels Targets Youthful Travelers With New Economy Brand

Europe’s Scandic Hotels Targets Youthful Travelers With New Economy Brand

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It's about time Scandic added another brand to its portfolio. The idea to widen the company's market in the economy segment is eminently sensible.

7 months ago

Less China-Dependent IHG Takes Wait-and-See Approach on Coronavirus

Less China-Dependent IHG Takes Wait-and-See Approach on Coronavirus

Patrick Whyte, Skift

IHG CEO Keith Barr seems to be taking quite a level-headed approach to the coronavirus outbreak. Unlike some in the travel industry, he's not pressing the panic button yet and is waiting to see how things play out.

7 months ago

Accor Accelerates Luxury Growth to Stay Ahead of the Pack

Accor Accelerates Luxury Growth to Stay Ahead of the Pack

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Accor's transformation over the past few years has been remarkable, but now it's facing a new challenge in Europe from the likes of Oyo. Can its accelerating development of upscale brands help offset growing competition in the midrange and economy sectors?

7 months ago

Lastminute.com Pushes Into India With HolidayIQ Deal

Lastminute.com Pushes Into India With HolidayIQ Deal

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Speculation continues to grow around Lastminute.com Group's ownership. In the meantime it's getting on with expanding its presence across the globe.

8 months ago

New Norwegian CEO Doesn’t Yet Have Answers to Low-Cost Long-Haul Profitability Problem

New Norwegian CEO Doesn’t Yet Have Answers to Low-Cost Long-Haul Profitability Problem

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Maybe it was a bit too much to expect some big strategic initiatives from such a new CEO, or maybe the airline is keeping them under wraps for now. But an airline with Norwegian's historic problems cannot tweak its way to viability.

8 months ago

Qatar Airways-Backed Air Italy Is Shutting Down

Qatar Airways-Backed Air Italy Is Shutting Down

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Another European airline bows out. Alitalia has once again outlasted one of its purported challengers — now it desperately needs to find a buyer.

8 months ago