Finnair Predicts Coronavirus Will Have Limited Impact on Financials of Airlines

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A Finnair A350 at Helsinki airport. The airline, like many others, has canceled flights to China. Valentin Hintikka / Flickr

Skift Take: As long as the flight suspensions don’t last too long, Finnair thinks the impact of the coronavirus outbreak should be fairly limited. The problem is at the moment no one knows exactly how quickly, or how easily, it will spread across the rest of Asia and possibly the world.

— Patrick Whyte

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JetBlue Founder Finally Offers Details About His New Airline — Including Its Name

Breeze Airways

David Neeleman has great plans for his new U.S. airline, to be called Breeze Airways. Pictured is one of the airline’s Embraer E195 jets. Breeze Airways

Skift Take: David Neeleman’s new airline promises to have good service at competitive prices. That’s his strategy at every airline, and it’s commendable. But Neeleman is also planning to operate what is essentially two business models at once. Can he pull it off?

— Brian Sumers

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This Rooftop Beekeeper Helps the Mandarin Oriental in Paris Stay Eco-Friendly

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Audric de Campeau takes care of bee hives on the rooftops of about 300 buildings in Versailles and Paris. The beekeeper tends to two hives on the rooftop of the Mandarin Oriental, Paris. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Skift Take: The Mandarin Oriental, Paris has some very special guests on its rooftop: bees. Someone has to take care of them. Enter this marketing man turned beekeeper who has no fear of heights — or bee stings.

— Nancy Trejos

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Tough Times Offer Asia Tourism Opportunity to Reassess


More travel suppliers in Asia are adopting sustainable practices to spread tourism benefits to remote communities. Adobe

Skift Take: The coronavirus ban has plunged Asia tourism into a challenging period, but the outlook needs not be bleak if industry players take the opportunity to reduce their reliance on a single market.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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What Luxury Family Travel Looks Like in 2020

The Resort at Paws Up

The Resort at Paws Up is one of many properties that offers eco-friendly, family-oriented activities like E-bike rides through the snow. Gen Z is increasingly influencing green travel trends by influencing their families’ purchase decisions. The Resort at Paws Up

Skift Take: The future of luxury family travel is sustainable, eco-friendly adventures. Luxury properties would be wise to think about how they can appeal to this environmentally-conscious set of travelers.

— Leslie Barrie

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Travel Advisors Scramble as Coronavirus Rattles Clients

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A passenger stands on the balcony of the Diamond Princess anchored at the Yokohama Port Thursday, Feb. 6., 2020, in Japan. The 3,700 people on board face a two-week quarantine in their cabins. Health workers said 10 more people from the Diamond Princess were confirmed sickened with the virus, in addition to 10 others who tested positive on Wednesday. Eugene Hoshiko / Associated Press

Skift Take: As the coronavirus spreads, so are concerns among travelers. Travel advisors are feeling the effects, coping with cancellations, and providing reassurance to nervous clients.

— Maria Lenhart

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Spirit Airlines Shifts Growth Strategy From Adding New U.S. Cities

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Spirit Airlines jets on the ground in Fort Lauderdale. The airline will do most of its growth this year in cities where it is already strong, like Fort Lauderdale. JTOcchialini / Flickr

Skift Take: Spirit Airlines entered seven new markets last year. Don’t look for that to happen again in 2020. The airline’s network is reaching maturity.

— Brian Sumers

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