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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

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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

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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

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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

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The U.S. Pilot Shortage May Not Peak Until 2023

The pandemic only put off a problem that had been looming for the U.S. airline industry: The shortage of pilots. Airlines are competing for scarce talent and are cutting back schedules because they can't find enough aviators. Not helping matters is a historic run-up in fuel prices, which only adds to airlines' woes as they start to see demand for travel rise.

The U.S. Pilot Shortage May Not Peak Until 2023

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Daily Podcast: Road Trip and Airline Price Worries

Good morning from Skift. It's Wednesday, March 9, in New York City. Here's what you need to know about the business of travel today.

Daily Podcast: Road Trip and Airline Price Worries

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Airbus, Boeing Aircraft Delayed by Supply Chain Woes

Boeing and Airbus have ambitious plans to deliver hundreds of airplanes to the world's airlines this year, but supply chain woes could imperil their targets. Boeing, in particular, is struggling to meet its goals, said Steve Udvar-Hazy, executive chairman of Air Lease Corp.

Airbus, Boeing Aircraft Delayed by Supply Chain Woes

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Former Airbus Defense Chief to Take Over as Volocopter CEO

In its race against companies like Lilium, Joby Aviation and Airbus to have the first flying taxi certified by regulators, Volocopter has now recruited former Airbus defense chief Dirk Hoke to take over as CEO.

Former Airbus Defense Chief to Take Over as Volocopter CEO

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United Airlines Braces for High Oil Prices

Airlines have never faced the confluence of a global pandemic, war in Europe, and high oil prices. United Airlines' finance chief Gerry Laderman said there's no precedent for the concurrent crises, a phrase we've heard a lot of in the past few years.

United Airlines Braces for High Oil Prices

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Russia Looks to Seize Hundreds of Planes Before Western Air Lessors Can Repossess

Russia has moved to block foreign leasing companies from repossessing their aircraft in the country. More than half of the commercial airplanes in Russia are owned by Western lessors, and the lessors have until March 28 to comply with sanctions and repossess those airplanes. But Russia's move to essentially commandeer those aircraft is a violation of international law and could cost lessors billions of dollars.

Russia Looks to Seize Hundreds of Planes Before Western Air Lessors Can Repossess