If the UK economy moves into recession, companies will look to slash their corporate travel budget. Full service carriers like British Airways are likely to take the bigger hit, which could benefit low-cost airlines like easyJet.
IAG stock is relatively cheap now so, it makes sense that Qatar Airways took this chance to add to its shares in the company.
It's a tough market for European airlines, who must deal with concerns about terrorism, as well as economic uncertainty. Things could get worse before they improve.
Budget airlines' strategy of focusing on direct bookings allows them to grab a larger share of web traffic and gain ground in the direct booking wars.
Willie Walsh sees a $2 billion shortfall because of fuel purchases in U.S. dollars as "very technical, mechanical." Ya, the Great Depression was merely a correction too.
The owners of British Airways say it doesn't see a long-term risk due to the British exit from the EU — we'll see how that turns out — but in the near term, the vote is expected to hurt profits.
It's going to be a bumpy few weeks (or months, or years) as the implications of the vote unfold.
If not for Europe's limits on foreign ownership, Qatar Airways and other gulf carriers would undoubtedly have an even larger presence across the continent.
The IAG investment helps Qatar Airways diversify at a time when some recently popular routes in and out of oil-friendly destinations are beginning to dry up.
Adverts Impacts from terrorism are sometimes temporary as travelers regain their confidence. But if Britain leaves the European Union, the effects from that will be long-lasting for IAG's business around the world.