Indian Billionaire Plans to Launch Low-Cost Carrier in an Already Tough Market

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An aircraft operated by IndiGo, a unit of InterGlobe Aviation Ltd., prepares to land at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India, on Monday, July 10, 2017. Indian billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala wants to launch a new low-cost carrier to compete with Indigo in India. Dhiraj Singh / Bloomberg

Skift Take: With the pandemic gutting India’s low-cost carrier market, which already includes IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoFirst and AirAsia India, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala thinks a fresh start, a capital infusion, and new planes could be a competitive advantage. Hope springs eternal, as they say.

— Dennis Schaal

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England Opens U.S. Travel and 11 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

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England will allow fully vaccinated tourists from U.S. and European Union to enter without quarantine. Heathrow airport pictured. Jeff Hitchcock / Flickr

Skift Take: In Skift’s top stories this week, England welcomes fully vaccinated tourists, hotels are focusing on conversions rather than mergers, and Brazil is setting itself up to become a travel tech hub in Latin America.

— Angel Adegbesan

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Broadway Theater Vaccination and Mask Requirements Set Big Tourism Example

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Broadway and New York City’s theater district (seen here in happier days) is looking to draw tourists back to the Big Apple this fall when shows reopen with vaccination and mask requirements. Richard Ricciardi / Flickr

Skift Take: The return of Broadway shows is a much-anticipated catalyst for New York City tourism’s rejuvenation in the fall. Now with a vaccine and mask requirement in place to see plays on the Great White Way, the Big Apple may serve as a model — yet again.

— Tom Lowry

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Nigeria’s Transcorp Hotels Goes Asset-Light With New Airbnb-Style Booking App

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Transcorp Hilton Abuja. Nigeria’s major hotel player, Transcorp Hotels, has launched a digital app, Aura, for listing short-term rentals and restaurant reservations. Transcorp Hotels

Skift Take: It’s still unknown how the new-ish CEO of Transcorp Hotels, Dupe Olusola, intends to adjust the shape of the business. Perhaps she’ll draw a clearer division between its operating and property parts. The brand’s Aura marketplace suggests she has an interest in asset-light experiments.

— Sean O’Neill

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Portugal Sets Out a Three-Phase Plan to Exit Its Coronavirus Restrictions

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Portugal will lift a curfew, while restrictions on the opening hours of restaurants and shops will also be lifted. Violeta Santos Moura / Reuters

Skift Take: A sensible approach that lasts until October, but at such a late stage will people be happy being forced to use digital certificates or show negative Covid test results?

— Matthew Parsons

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United’s Meal Fare to Be Served Up by Outside Caterer Starting This Fall

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An earlier photo of a Strawberry Fields salad served on a United flight. Those kinds of meals now will be prepared by an outside caterer. United

Skift Take: Airlines are being careful not to violate the provisions of the Cares Act, when outsourcing. But once it expires everything is fair game and the ones left paying the price will employees losing jobs.

— Ruthy Muñoz

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