Airports

U.S. State Department Says 60,000 Visas Canceled by Trump Travel Ban

U.S. State Department Says 60,000 Visas Canceled by Trump Travel Ban

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press

The Trump administration has repeatedly tried to downplay the number of travelers impacted by its executive order blocking travel from seven Muslim-majority countries but it is indeed a big number, 60,000 to 100,000 to date. And there may be a drop-off in travel even from travelers whose countries haven't been banned. In addition to the human element, this will have a significant adverse financial impact.

3 weeks ago

U.S. Legacy Airlines Hope New Secretary of State Will Meet About Gulf Carriers

U.S. Legacy Airlines Hope New Secretary of State Will Meet About Gulf Carriers

David Koenig, Associated Press

With the Trump Administration's "America First" policy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will definitely take a meeting with the CEOs of United, Delta and American, who seek to curb inroads by the Gulf carriers. But he should also meet with the U.S. Travel Association, JetBlue and Fedex to hear how shutting out Gulf carriers would adversely impact job creation.

3 weeks ago

TSA Is Still Understaffed and Can’t Hire New Officers After Trump Orders

TSA Is Still Understaffed and Can’t Hire New Officers After Trump Orders

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

With the TSA caught up in a federal hiring freeze, we could see a return to last summer's security line debacle for flyers. Not to mention the potential impact of airports overwhelmed by hundreds or thousands of protestors.

3 weeks ago

Airport Gyms, Yoga Rooms Becoming Destinations of Their Own

Airport Gyms, Yoga Rooms Becoming Destinations of Their Own

Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press

Is the day coming when locals will say, "Hey, let's go hang at the airport. I'm tired of the mall." Not exactly, but passengers getting off cramped planes, especially those who would be stuck at the airport for awhile, are finding a respite through an increasing array of recreational amenities.

3 weeks ago

Trump Blames ‘Big’ Airport Problems on Delta and Protesters

Trump Blames ‘Big’ Airport Problems on Delta and Protesters

Associated Press

We're sure that Delta officials can't be pleased that the issue of the airline's latest tech outage -- bad enough in itself -- has seeped into political discourse. The outage indeed contributed to flight delays yesterday, as did the protests. But Senator Schumer's tears? Nah.

4 weeks ago

Trump’s Staff and Allies Aren’t Clear on Travel Ban Specifics

Trump’s Staff and Allies Aren’t Clear on Travel Ban Specifics

Margaret Talev, Shannon Pettypiece and Justin Sink, Bloomberg

This ban has been so incompetent and poorly thought out that we imagine Jeff Smisek must be advising the administration.

4 weeks ago

Global Airlines and Airports Still Unclear of Current State of Trump Travel Ban

Global Airlines and Airports Still Unclear of Current State of Trump Travel Ban

John Ainger and Deena Kamel Yousef , Bloomberg

The lack of competence here by U.S. officials is embarrassing. It appears the Trump is keeping his promise to run the country as efficiently as he runs his businesses.

4 weeks ago

Dubai Airport Duty-Free Cut Prices Because of Brexit and Chinese Travelers

Dubai Airport Duty-Free Cut Prices Because of Brexit and Chinese Travelers

Deena Kamel Yousef and Yousef Gamal El-Din, Bloomberg

Dubai Duty-Free felt that price cuts were the best option to compensate for a weaker pound since Europeans are a significant slice of the business. But in the process, it created a bunch of sale signs for Chinese travelers who are spending more during their trips.

4 weeks ago

JetBlue Q4 Profits Beat Analysts’ Estimates

JetBlue Q4 Profits Beat Analysts’ Estimates

Associated Press

JetBlue's share price has been in the doldrums and its fourth quarter of 2016 results don't appear to be a catalyst for change.

4 weeks ago

Biometric Company Clear Wants to One-Up TSA PreCheck

Biometric Company Clear Wants to One-Up TSA PreCheck

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Clear is promising something faster and more streamlined than TSA PreCheck, but PreCheck has already suffered from low enrollment. The public seems skeptical of paying to improve their airport security experience, but on the other hand, the public despises airport security and might welcome a better solution. If Clear gets into enough major airports, it could do well.

4 weeks ago

Dubai Airport CEO Offers to Give Trump Advice on Fixing U.S. Hubs

Dubai Airport CEO Offers to Give Trump Advice on Fixing U.S. Hubs

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press

In a politically charged atmosphere, where President Trump is pushing "America First" and U.S. legacy carriers are calling on the president to clamp down on Gulf carriers' inroads, the Dubai Airport CEO should brace himself for some tweets.

1 month ago

The TSA Found the Most Guns at These U.S. Airports in 2016

The TSA Found the Most Guns at These U.S. Airports in 2016

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The TSA is likely doing a better job identifying firearms at a time when more and more irresponsible gun owners are either purposefully or mistakenly attempting to smuggle them onboard.

1 month ago