There is a global slowdown in travel spending but it is still growing faster than projected world economic growth. Terrorism impacts travel spending but macro-economic events have a sometimes-less publicized but far greater impact.
Governments need to crack down on unsafe shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries because leaving it all up to the airlines, which don't want to publicize any safety lapses, will accomplish nothing.
This might be too little, too late. Some major airlines, including United, have slashed flights to Nigeria because they could not repatriate ticket revenues. Those flights likely won't come back any time soon.
Seasoned travelers realize risks are always involved with any kind of travel. Travelers may alter their plans, but they're unlikely to outright abandon them.
IATA makes a strong case against more screening — more lines mean more crowds and more terrorist targets — but it doesn't offer solutions to existing concerns.
The two most frightening words in all of aviation are "price" and "war." Together, these two words make smart leaders do stupid things to attract all the wrong customers.
Aircraft makers and airlines may have made their product safer than ever, but humans on the ground are screwing things up with a regularity that's disturbing.
Driving change in aviation is a complex process, but IATA has decades of established leadership, setting industry standards and encouraging airline leaders to think of new ways to manage change. Now that digital has accelerated the pace of change around the world, IATA has turned to experts in Silicon Valley to help airlines keep up.
If consumers don't value some of the extras offered in the market, or worse still see them as an impediment to their journey, these brands believe it's best to eliminate them. Sure, doing so saves them money and creates lean processes, but it also differentiates the brand and creates positive associations for those consumers who are fed up with fluff, hype, and inflated travel costs.
Gustafson believes Danes and Swedes will need to catch up with their automation-loving Norwegian counterparts, but, in our experience, all of Europe is reaping the benefits of a strong focus on digital.