Top Public Health Professionals Slam American, Other Airlines for Filling Up Their Planes


American Airlines is hoping to recreate the scene depicted here with much fuller planes. Skift

Skift Take: “We don’t think it’s the right message.” That’s coming from the head of the CDC to U.S. airlines looking to load up their airplanes. We’ll go a step further: Bad message and bad business.

— Tom Lowry

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Coronavirus May Solve Overtourism in Europe But Will That Shift Leave Lasting Economic Scars?

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If there is a silver lining to coronavirus, it’s that markets like Iceland and Portugal get a reprieve from years of overtourism. Rustam Aliyev / Flickr

Skift Take: European tourist organizations should use coronavirus as an opportunity to solve overtourism concerns. But going overboard may ultimately do away with the economic benefits of recent years that put much-needed funds into both local and national coffers.

— Cameron Sperance

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Aeromexico Gets $50 Million Lifeline From A Loyalty Company

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Aeromexico is getting a lifeline from its loyalty program. Tomas Del Coro / Flickr

Skift Take: Aeromexico likely needs a lot more than $50 million. What it could use is a government bailout. It provides a valuable national service as Mexico’s only long-haul airline. But the government is not interested in helping the company.

— Brian Sumers

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Norwegian Air Cancels 97 Boeing Jet Orders and Demands Compensation

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Norwegian has canceled five Boeing 787 Dreamliner orders, along with 92 737 Max orders. The airline also has made a legal claim with Boeing. Norwegian Air

Skift Take: No doubt Norwegian Air took a hit last year when times were good and Rolls-Royce and Boeing messed up on quality control. But with Covid-19, conditions in 2020 would be bad, no matter what. Norwegian can’t blame Boeing or Rolls-Royce for what’s happening now.

— Brian Sumers

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