Articles tagged “gateway”

Battle for Air Supremacy on Key Australian Route Heats Up

Battle for Air Supremacy on Key Australian Route Heats Up

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

As the Air New Zealand-Virgin Australia alliance on services across the Tasman Sea comes to an end, Virgin will not take the snub from its Kiwi counterpart lying down. It is already flagging improved services and better frequent flyer rewards and trying to block rival Qantas from working with its former ally.

9 hours ago

Airlines Recoup $500 Million in Blocked Funds From African Countries

Airlines Recoup $500 Million in Blocked Funds From African Countries

Richard Holmes, Skift

Accountants at Emirates, British Airways, and South African Airways must be breathing a sigh of relief. A combination of economic carrots and airline sticks — smoothed over by IATA diplomacy — has helped international carriers recoup more than $500 million in blocked funds from African governments since the start of 2018.

3 days ago

How Nairobi-Based Ridesharing Service Little Competes With Uber in Africa

How Nairobi-Based Ridesharing Service Little Competes With Uber in Africa

Richard Holmes, Skift

On the streets of Nairobi, homegrown ridesharing service Little is giving Uber a run for its money. And judging by the growth, innovative ideas are proving just as useful as deep pockets.

2 months ago

Airlink Flexes Its Muscles in Africa Focusing on Regional Routes

Airlink Flexes Its Muscles in Africa Focusing on Regional Routes

Richard Holmes, Skift

On a continent still very much in love with the notion of a flag carrier, money-losing or not, privately owned airlines offering scheduled services remain something of a rarity. But carriers like South Africa’s Airlink are showing lumbering state-owned airlines how it’s done.

2 months ago

Tourism Australia Bets Big on Old Movie Franchise and Croc Dundee Delivers

Tourism Australia Bets Big on Old Movie Franchise and Croc Dundee Delivers

Allan Leibowitz

Tourism Australia’s Super Bowl 2018 advertising campaign has been hailed as a marketing triumph. Now, it’s closely watching the booking to make sure it did the right thing by putting all its eggs in one basket.

3 months ago

First Unified Tourism Voice for Africa Faces Challenges

First Unified Tourism Voice for Africa Faces Challenges

Richard Holmes, Skift

Is the formation of a pan-African tourism body the solution to boosting the continent’s tourism numbers? With industry players slow to sign up, the new African Tourism Board initiative from the International Coalition of Tourism Partners has its work cut out for it.

4 months ago

India’s Ola Enters Competitive Australian Ground Transport Market

India’s Ola Enters Competitive Australian Ground Transport Market

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

India’s Ola has started operations in two major Australian cities, following hot on the heels of Estonia’s Taxify. The newcomers are exploiting opportunities unlocked when Uber paved the way for increased competition in a market in the tight grip of taxi operators.

5 months ago

Tariff Spat Could Chill China-U.S. Travel Even Without a Trade War

Tariff Spat Could Chill China-U.S. Travel Even Without a Trade War

Steven Schwankert, Skift

Travel companies were spared the first round of the U.S.-China trade war. But outbound travel to the United States and U.S. hospitality companies could become collateral damage without too much provocation.

5 months ago

Qantas Takes Steps to Overcome Pilot Shortage

Qantas Takes Steps to Overcome Pilot Shortage

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Qantas' new pilot academy may address the airline’s needs, but won’t solve an imbalance which has already seen regional Australian airlines cancel and reschedule services. Meanwhile, the government has bowed to pressure and will again grant temporary visas to pilots after scrapping them last year.

5 months ago

Australian Charter Operator Gets Opportunistic About Tourism Surge

Australian Charter Operator Gets Opportunistic About Tourism Surge

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Brisbane-based Alliance Airlines continues to see opportunities where others fear to fly. It has done extremely well in Australia’s mining boom, and now aims to grow its tourism activities to shield it from the ups and downs of the resources sector.

6 months ago

Flight Centre Will Eliminate Some Leisure Brands

Flight Centre Will Eliminate Some Leisure Brands

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Australia’s largest travel agent, Flight Centre, is not resting on its laurels after posting record revenues and strong profits. To ensure it stays on track, the group is shedding underperforming businesses, and dumping some of its leisure brands. It is also chasing growth in emerging business lines ranging from destination management to foreign exchange services.

6 months ago

Qantas and Virgin Australia Battle Over In-Flight Wi-Fi Rollouts

Qantas and Virgin Australia Battle Over In-Flight Wi-Fi Rollouts

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Both Qantas and Virgin Australia should have Wi-Fi available on all domestic flights by the end of 2018. While travelers want to stay connected, they probably won’t pay for Wi-Fi, but might choose flights on the basis of internet coverage, especially on longer routes.

6 months ago