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Airline Weekly

SkyWest Drops Flights to 29 Small Cities as Pilot Shortage Worsens

The U.S. pilot shortage could imperil air service to smaller cities as airlines prioritize flights to larger metropolitan areas. The latest proof of this developing trend is that regional carrier SkyWest is planning to stop flying to 29 cities as it struggles to find pilots to operate its flights.

SkyWest Drops Flights to 29 Small Cities as Pilot Shortage Worsens

Airlines

Frontier-Spirit Merger Draws Opposition From Advocacy Groups

The merger between Spirit and Frontier would always face hurdles, and considering the Department of Justice is vehemently pro-competition, it faces an increasingly bumpy road to becoming a reality.

Frontier-Spirit Merger Draws Opposition From Advocacy Groups

Airline Weekly

Transat Completes Transformation to an Airline as Canada’s Market Heats Up

Quebec-based Transat has completed its metamorphosis from an integrated travel company into a national airline. But is it enough to survive a changing Canadian market hot with new airlines, proposed mergers, and changing business plans?

Transat Completes Transformation to an Airline as Canada’s Market Heats Up

Airlines

U.S. Extends Mask Rules for Planes, Trains Through April

Mask rules for travelers are not going away yet with the Biden administration extending them into April. But the one-month extension signals that new rules easing the controversial mandate are in the works.

U.S. Extends Mask Rules for Planes, Trains Through April

Tour Operators

Israel Hopes to Offer Tour Operators a Model for No-Proof-of-Vaccine Destinations

Tour operators are largely supportive of destinations easing travel curbs since most of them already require their own clients to be vaccinated. That doesn't mean they're getting complacent in the fight against Covid as many countries are still struggling with a surge in cases.

Israel Hopes to Offer Tour Operators a Model for No-Proof-of-Vaccine Destinations

Online Travel

Google and Trivago Are Still Selling Ads for Russia Hotels

Google Travel turned off Russia advertisers, but is still getting a limited amount of advertising for Russia travel from ad partners outside Russia. In contrast, Skyscanner and Kayak don't display any information about Russia travel.

Google and Trivago Are Still Selling Ads for Russia Hotels

Overtourism

Tourists Flocking to the U.S. West Give Hotel Bed Tax Revenues a Big Boost

Record lodging tax collections are rolling in for rural destinations in the West, which is good news. But only if those extra funds can also be used beyond marketing to mitigate the mounting negative impacts of overcrowding on the environment, on host communities and the tourism workforce.

Tourists Flocking to the U.S. West Give Hotel Bed Tax Revenues a Big Boost

Business Travel

Business Travel Agencies Face Dilemma Keeping Russian Ties Active

There seems to be an obligation to carry on working with partners in the country, but relationships may now be kept at arm’s length as the war in Ukraine continues.

Business Travel Agencies Face Dilemma Keeping Russian Ties Active

EventMB

Targeting Event Attendees on Values, Not Demographics

David Allison, founder of The Valuegraphics Project, believes that demographics are an outdated marketing tool. In his view, the path forward lies in understanding people’s values, and it could even be the secret to bringing back in-person attendees.

Targeting Event Attendees on Values, Not Demographics

Hotels

Daily Podcast: Big Hotel Brands Freeze Russia Plans

Good morning from Skift. It's Thursday, March 10, in New York City. Here's what you need to know about the business of travel today.

Daily Podcast: Big Hotel Brands Freeze Russia Plans

Hotels

Mandarin Oriental Launches a Luxury Vacation Rental Brand

Another hotel group enters the luxury home rental fray, but Mandarin Oriental is putting its properties through a rigorous brand standard ringer before guests have an opportunity to book.

Mandarin Oriental Launches a Luxury Vacation Rental Brand