Viva Air Sees Opportunity in Venezuela and 3 Other Aviation Trends This Week

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Computer rendering of Viva Air Airbus320neo. Viva Air CEO Felix Antelo told Skift this week at the Aviation Festival in Miami that the airline is looking to secure an operating certificate in Venezuela. Airbus

Skift Take: This week in aviation, one ultra low-cost carrier faces little competition in a turbulent Venezuela, EasyJet hopes its loyalty perks will help it navigate a difficult future, and IndiGo maps out a new strategy to expand its routes.

— Isaac Carey

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Travel Advisors Can Fill Gap in Credit Card Trip Insurance

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Travel advisors are seeing an uptick in travel insurance sales after recent disasters. Some of the remaining passengers look out as the cruise ship Viking Sky arrives at port off Molde, Norway, March 24, 2019, after having problems and issuing a Mayday call on in the heavy seas off Norway’s western coast. Svein Ove Ekornesvag / Associated Press

Skift Take: Sales of travel insurance are on the rise, possibly due to heightened awareness of risks posed by everything from terrorist attacks to a sudden illness. For travel advisors, insurance is both a source of revenue and a way to provide good customer service.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Advisors See Trip Insurance Opportunity Where Credit Cards Fall Short

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A Boeing 737 Max 9. Travel insurance sales have been increasing after the Boeing 737 Max groundings and other events that disrupted travel plans. David Ryder / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Awareness of the need for travel insurance is on the rise in some quarters. This trend offers significant opportunities for travel advisors to generate additional revenue and offer peace of mind to travelers.

— Allan Leibowitz

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JFK Airport’s TWA Hotel Opens to Mixed Reviews

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Among early hiccups, the cashless hotel suffered glitchy point-of-sale system processing as servers tried to ring up drink orders. Bloomberg

Skift Take: For a hotel so many years in the making, it needed its first night to be a resounding success. But it wasn’t that bad: All guests loved themselves some 400 megabits per second Wi-Fi.

— Danni Santana

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Keeping Up With the Escalating Standards in Luxury Hospitality

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Aman Tokyo. The level of competition at the ultra-premium end of hospitality is unimaginably high. Aman

Skift Take: The level of competition at the ultra-premium end of hospitality is unimaginably high, and it keeps getting higher. Extraordinary service and experiences quickly become table stakes as guest expectations continue to skyrocket. A culture of creativity gives the best hoteliers that distinctive edge.

— Colin Nagy

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