Is Flight Shaming to Blame for Falling Domestic Air Travel in Germany?

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An aerial view of Munich airport. Is flight shaming to blame for a fall in German domestic air travel? Flughafen München GmbH

Skift Take: With flight shaming, it’s pretty difficult to show causation when it comes to falling passenger numbers. But there’s no denying the fact that it has become a part of the public discourse in much of northern Europe.

— Patrick Whyte

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Still Waiting for Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels to Transform Hospitality

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The Virgin Hotels Dallas opened on Dec. 15. It is the third Virgin Hotel to open. Virgin Hotels

Skift Take: Richard Branson created Virgin Hotels nine years ago, promising to deliver about two dozen boutique hotels with flair. So far, only three hotels have opened. Will it be able to accelerate its growth in 2020?

— Nancy Trejos

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The Top 10 Airline Industry Developments in 2019

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IAG’s Air Europa move punctuated a year of turmoil for Europe’s weaker carriers. Oliviet Cabaret / Flickr

Skift Take: It was yet another tumultuous year in the airline industry with many storied names (Thomas Cook, for example) going under and the grounding of one of the world’s best-selling jets (the Boeing 737 Max). No one said aviation was an easy business.

— Madhu Unnikrishnan

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