Singapore Hotels See Some Hope as Bookings Surge After Malaysia Lockdown

Park Hotel Group

Staff of Singapore’s Park Hotel Group preparing a hotel room for guests following a last-minute surge in bookings due to Malaysia’s lockdown. Park Hotel Group

Skift Take: Without the spread of the coronavirus being contained or widespread travel restrictions being lifted, any increase in hotel occupancy is little more than a short-term blip.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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See the Coronavirus Impact on Airlines With These Charts

Latam Airlines

A Latam Airlines Airbus A350. The airline group, which Delta has a 20 percent stake in, is one of many that are struggling. Latam Airlines

Skift Take: These charts paint a dire picture, as of March 17. “But one big difference between now and post-9/11 is this: U.S. airlines can borrow money,” as as Skift Airline Weekly Senior Analyst Jay Shabat has noted. “Last time the banks and other lenders were like, ‘No way, not giving those airlines a dime.'”

— Sean O’Neill

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Hotels Chains Maneuver to Deal With Coronavirus Gut Punch

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The Grand Brighton Hotel in Brighton, UK, as seen on July 21, 2018. Big hotel chains are maneuvering to survive during the coronavirus outbreak. Rapid Spin / Flickr.com

Skift Take: Major hotel chains are undertaking financial moves to get past the coronavirus crisis. But without governmental relief, it likely won’t be enough.

— Dennis Schaal

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Travelers Race Home Amid Flurry of Worldwide Border Closures and Flight Warnings

Vincent Thian  / Associated Press

A girl wearing a face mask crossing a road in front of Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia has entered into a two-week lockdown starting March 18. Vincent Thian / Associated Press

Skift Take: After this last-minute spike in border movements as people rush to return home, the world of travel will become a deafeningly silent place.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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Why U.S. Airlines Will Need to Lose the Hubris After We Bail Them Out

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines wanted investors to treat it like a high-quality industrial company. Picture is an Airbus A321. Delta Air Lines

Skift Take: Richard Anderson, the former Delta Air Lines CEO, loved to talk about how Delta was a high-quality industrial company. Delta is a great airline, no doubt. But let’s be honest: Airlines are not regular companies. We’re now being reminded of that fact.

— Brian Sumers

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