Brexit Back in Focus For Travel Industry With Prime Minister Race Raising New Questions

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Boris Johnson, one of the two candidates to become the new leader of the Conservative Party and therefore the new UK Prime Minister. The UK’s new departure date is October 31. Darren Staples / Bloomberg

Skift Take: After granting a Brexit extension, EU leaders urged the UK not to waste this extra time – but that is precisely what politicians have done. Talk of leaving without a deal has grown in recent weeks and that should terrify travel businesses even those who would enjoy a boost in inbound visitors.

— Patrick Whyte

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Discount Carrier Wizz Air Hopes to Expand Its Network to India and Dubai

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Eastern Europe’s largest discount airlines has plans to fly to Asia. Rob Hodgkins / Flickr

Skift Take: The transatlantic low-cost, long-haul business model has plenty of skeptics, but Wizz Air’s recent order of 20 A321 XLR aircrafts could bring a slew of new Europe-to-Asia routes that show the business model has life in it yet.

— Rosie Spinks

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The Worst Airline Prediction of the Past 15 Years


The death knell has been played for Alitalia many times over the years but guess what? The airline is still flying. Skift

Skift Take: Skift Airline Weekly celebrates its 15th anniversary this month, and we’re taking a look back at some of our highlights. Here, we learned in 2008 the danger of making airline predictions, especially when an airline has its government’s support.

— Madhu Unnikrishnan

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Tiny Air Italy Pushes Back on Big U.S. Carriers That Say It Competes Unfairly

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An Air Italy Airbus A330. This airplane was delivered new to Qatar Airways in 2003. Anna Zvereva / Flickr

Skift Take: The three largest U.S. carriers say Air Italy competes unfairly. But it is highly unlikely the airline is breaking any U.S. or EU laws. If the U.S. airlines want to break Air Italy, they’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way — through ruthless competition.

— Brian Sumers

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