The lack of air connectivity among the islands of the Caribbean remains one of the tallest barriers to unlocking the full potential of the region’s tourism market, the head of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) told ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily.
Passenger traffic in Latin America is expected to grow between 5%-10% per year over the next 10 years, but this growth could be hampered by lack of government investment in infrastructure, air traffic control systems and airports, industry leaders said at the ALTA Pan American Aviation Safety Summit.
At this year’s IATA annual general meeting in Dublin, the Middle East carriers once again dominated the news. While the CEOs of Delta and Emirates refused to engage in a public spat over open dkies, Qatar Airways was considerably less restrained. Aircraft tracking was also high on the agenda, but no consensus was reached on how to resolve the issue. Listen in as our editors discuss all this and the latest on Qatar Airways refusing its first A320neo.
With more than 100 liberalized air services agreements in place, the US State Department touts Open Skies policy on its website fact sheet as “promoting increased travel and trade and spurring high-quality job opportunity and economic growth.”
In reality, some in the US are questioning whether Open Skies policy should be “revisited.”
Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines’ pilots union is seeking court protection to prevent the airline from operating Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft without a contract provision for the type, a suit the airline calls “premature.”
Airline leaders at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Aviation Symposium say they remain concerned that protectionism is rising and could threaten further liberalization in the global airline industry.
American Airlines has presented a defense of why it should be allocated two daytime slots from the US to Tokyo’s close-in Haneda Airport, and subsequently dismissed rival claims by Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.
ATW editor-in-chief Karen Walker and Aviation Daily editor Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss the Alaska Airlines deal to acquire and merge with Virgin America; what’s needed to complete the deal, why it was so appealing and potential fleet options.
Airlines’ pilot scope clauses remain the biggest impediment to the MRJ succeeding in the US regional jet market, Mitsubishi Aircraft US CEO Masao Yamagami told ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily at the MRO Americas 2016 trade show.