Wizz Air Looks to Middle East for Further Expansion

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Wizz Air aircraft. The airline is looking east rather than west for expansion. Wizz AIr

Skift Take: Wizz Air’s announcement of a move into Abu Dhabi was certainly eye-catching but we maybe shouldn’t expect anything similar elsewhere. Rather, the airline seems to be happy just moving into those markets like Armenia, Georgia, and Israel that had previously been underserved.

— Patrick Whyte

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Corporate Travel to China Down as Companies Stop Business Trips

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Business travel to China and Hong Kong comes to a halt as corporations stop trips, like those in airports like Chengdu. Mitch Altman / Flickr

Skift Take: Huge corporations are putting a stop to staff travel to China and Hong Kong as coronavirus fears continue. This is particularly sad for the Hong Kong industry, which has barely recovered from the political protests.

— Raini Hamdi

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British Airways Axes All Flights to China Over Coronavirus

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British Airways suspends China flights. Nick Morrish / British Airways

Skift Take: British Airways’ total ban on flights to China is a serious blow to travel confidence in the country, as most airlines are for now halting flights in and out of Wuhan, identified as ground zero of the coronavirus. But as concerns of a global epidemic mount, more airlines are likely follow suit.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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‘Wave Season’ 2020 Brings More Questions From Cruisers on Environment

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Hurtigruten Cruises’ MS Fram in Cozumel Harbor, Mexico. Cruisers are choosing off-the-beaten-path destinations. Dietmar Denger / Hurtigruten Cruises

Skift Take: This year’s wave season isn’t business as usual for travel advisors. Cruisers are showing a preference for remote destinations, and they are tracking cruise lines’ sustainability records like never before.

— Maria Lenhart

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Pakistan Gets Serious About Its Tourism Pitch

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Pakistan sees tourism as a way for economic growth. Alex Reynolds / Lost With Purpose

Skift Take: Once thought of as one of the world’s most dangerous countries, Pakistan is back in the spotlight, but this time as one of 2020’s hottest travel destinations. The government — led by former cricket star Imran Khan — has an amazing opportunity to leverage this interest into economic development, but in a country prized for its natural beauty, sustainable growth must be a priority.

— Danielle Hyams

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United Airlines Halts Some U.S.-China Flights as Coronavirus Spreads

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United Airlines is temporarily dropping some U.S.-China flights due to a decrease in demand. Pictured is on of the carrier’s Boeing 777-300ERs. United Airlines

Skift Take: Coronavirus is crushing demand to China. But let’s remember the first week in February already stinks for U.S-China flights. The Lunar New Year festivals last until Feb. 8, and during this period, lucrative business traffic dissipates. If this suspension continues past Feb. 8, we’ll how bad the health crisis is hurting business.

— Brian Sumers

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