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Southwest Airlines Warns of Possible Layoffs If Passengers Don’t Return

Southwest Airlines Warns of Possible Layoffs If Passengers Don’t Return

David Shepardson and Tracy Rucinski, Reuters

Southwest Airlines is warning of job cuts if there is no recovery. It is hard to see how there can be a real sustainable recovery, including a rebound in business travel, unless the United States gets a handle on its Covid-19 outbreaks. Federal, state and local governments better get to work. That includes you, Texas. (Where Southwest is based.)

23 hours ago

The Great Contactless Experiment at Dallas-Forth Worth Airport

The Great Contactless Experiment at Dallas-Forth Worth Airport

Tracy Rucinski, Reuters

It looks like it took a devastating pandemic to bring much-needed technology upgrades to airports. All eyes will be on DFW in coming months.

2 days ago

China’s Aviation Industry Suffers $4.9 Billion Loss in Second Quarter

China’s Aviation Industry Suffers $4.9 Billion Loss in Second Quarter

Stella Qiu and Jamie Freed, Reuters

On the bright side, the loss was slightly narrower than the first quarter loss.

4 days ago

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Southwest Airlines Expands Booking Access and Content in the GDS to Reach More Business Travelers

Southwest Airlines Expands Booking Access and Content in the GDS to Reach More Business Travelers

Southwest Airlines + Skift

Southwest Airlines is upping its corporate travel game by significantly expanding its presence in the global distribution system (GDS) network. This is set to enhance the relationship between the airline and its corporate buyers and agencies.

2 months ago

Hopes Dashed for a Quick U.S. Airline Recovery Amid Coronavirus Spikes

Hopes Dashed for a Quick U.S. Airline Recovery Amid Coronavirus Spikes

Brian Sumers, Skift

The messaging about the U.S. airline recovery includes some, shall we say, irrational exuberance. Sure, some people will always want or need to fly. But many more want to manage their risk, and that's hard to do when the United States can't control a raging pandemic.

5 days ago

American Airlines Delays Resuming Hong Kong Flights Over Mandatory Coronavirus Testing

American Airlines Delays Resuming Hong Kong Flights Over Mandatory Coronavirus Testing

Ankit Ajmera and Jamie Freed, Reuters

A standoff over mandatory coronavirus testing in Hong Kong further sets back the recovery timeline for U.S. airlines.

5 days ago

United Airlines Warns 36,000 Workers They Could Be Laid Off or Furloughed

United Airlines Warns 36,000 Workers They Could Be Laid Off or Furloughed

Brian Sumers, Skift

Since March, United Airlines has been the first U.S. carrier to sound the alarm on almost every major issue facing the airline industry. That is also the case here. Look for other global network airlines to make similar announcements in the coming weeks.

6 days ago

Skyscanner Shows Tenacity to Overcome Challenges Selling Airline Tickets on Mobile

Skyscanner Shows Tenacity to Overcome Challenges Selling Airline Tickets on Mobile

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Why is shopping for flights on mobile devices much harder than for TVs and clothes? A few reasons. Skyscanner may be delivering fixes soon, though the industry has promised fixes for years.

1 week ago

Most U.S. Airlines Sign Letters of Intent for Their Share of $25 Billion in Federal Aid

Most U.S. Airlines Sign Letters of Intent for Their Share of $25 Billion in Federal Aid

Tracy Rucinski, Reuters

How many times do we have to write this? U.S. airlines are in big trouble. Some travelers are returning, yes. But not enough for airlines to refuse aid, or keep all their employees.

1 week ago

Lufthansa Starts Deep Job Cuts After State Rescue

Lufthansa Starts Deep Job Cuts After State Rescue

Emma Thomasson, Reuters

You knew this was coming. Lufthansa will cut a fifth of its management positions, plus about 1,000 other jobs.

1 week ago

How Fraudsters Bilked American Airlines and Citibank in Frequent Flyer Schemes

How Fraudsters Bilked American Airlines and Citibank in Frequent Flyer Schemes

Brian Sumers, Skift

Airlines have complete control over their frequent flyer programs. They can take your miles for nearly any reason. It is probably not a good idea to try to defraud them.

1 week ago

AirAsia Suffers Record Loss as the Crisis Bites

AirAsia Suffers Record Loss as the Crisis Bites

Mei Mei Chu, Reuters

Low-cost Southeast Asian carrier AirAsia Group reported a $188 million loss for the first quarter. Expect it to seek investments through possible joint-ventures.

1 week ago