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Finance And Professional Services Perk Up But Still Trail In Large-Market Recovery

U.S. corporate travel has recovered to between 60 percent and 70 percent of pre-pandemic levels, with solid momentum continuing this spring, according to various sources. The rebound hasn’t been uniform, with small businesses and domestic trips still far outpacing large corporate and international, though the gaps are narrowing. Fresh industry data show strength in life…

Bidding War For Spirit Could Undercut Power Of Four Big Airlines

Rival bids for Spirit from Frontier and JetBlue could create an airline that presents a more formidable challenge to American, Delta, Southwest and United. By Niraj Chokshi and Lauren Hirsch. When the dust settled on a big round of airline consolidation nearly a decade ago, four large companies came to dominate the industry. A new…

U.S. Airlines Expect Higher Fares To Offset Sky-High Jet Fuel Prices

To kick off his company’s conference broadcast from New York on Tuesday, J.P Morgan airline analyst Jamie Baker mentioned “unrelentingly robust current demand trends and the success that the industry is currently having in putting higher fuel prices to customers in the form of revenue management and capacity cuts.” Executives from major U.S. carriers speaking…

Sustainability Fees Crop Up As Questions Linger On Carbon Accounting

The cost of sustainability is beginning to hit corporate travel more directly.  Air France and KLM in January initiated a Sustainable Aviation Fuel surcharge on all tickets for flights departing France and the Netherlands. It ranges from 1 euro to 12 euros, based on distance flown and class of service. Isolated reports of hotel properties…

Big Three U.S. Airlines’ Travel Agency Commissions (Mostly) Continue Slide

After hitting a 14-year high in 2019, passenger commissions paid by U.S. airlines to travel agencies bottomed out in 2020 along with passenger volumes, and stayed low through the first nine months of last year. The pandemic also changed the passenger mix, as mainly domestic leisure passengers made for a lower-value booking environment. Lower-value bookings…

Delta Remains More Confident Than Some In Business Travel Recovery

Delta is always first among publicly traded airlines to report quarterly earnings. Its boss, Ed Bastian, typically talks more about the corporate travel market than peers at other airlines. Thursday offered no exception, as he told Wall Street analysts to expect a strong spring and summer. “While the new variant is not done, it appears…

Former Travelport, CWT Exec Kurt Ekert Joins Sabre As President

Sabre on Wednesday said former CWT president and CEO Kurt Ekert, who previously spent 14 years as a leader with Travelport and related organizations, would become its president as of Jan. 3. Sean Menke retains the CEO role. The move builds “a leadership team for the future of Sabre,” according to a press statement. A…

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