EasyJet Seizes on Thomas Cook’s Demise With New Packaged Vacation Offerings

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An EasyJet aircraft. The airline group is relaunching its package holiday product. Henry Burrows / Flickr

Skift Take: With Thomas Cook out of the way, there’s certainly more space in the package holiday market. People still want to buy these types of holidays and EasyJet is a well-known brand. Can it be successful where other low-cost carriers have failed?

— Patrick Whyte

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Global Regulators Aren’t Aligned in Boeing 737 Max Recertification

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Boeing 737 MAX airplanes are stored in an area adjacent to Boeing Field. Stephen Brashear / Getty Images

Skift Take: Getting the Boeing 737 Max back to the skies is one thing, but restoring flyers’ faith in regulators is another. Global cohesion would certainly help, but that seems a long way off.

— Rosie Spinks

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Airlines Still Think They Can Offset Their Way Out of Climate Catastrophe

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An aircraft lands at London Heathrow. Airlines are coming up with ways to present themselves as environmentally responsible. Matt Kieffer / Flickr

Skift Take: Airlines are much more comfortable talking about mitigating climate change through incremental changes such as more efficient aircraft and carbon offsets. But these don’t alter the fundamental problem. Flying is bad for the environment and it is only going to get worse as demand keeps rising.

— Patrick Whyte

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Airbus Targets Early 2030s for First Emission-Free Regional Aircraft

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An aircraft being made. Airbus is looking at ways to make more environmentally friendly jets. Krisztian Bocsi / Bloomberg

Skift Take: The pressure is building on manufactures to speed up the development of aircraft capable of using alternatives to jet fuel. The problem is change isn’t coming fast enough.

— Patrick Whyte

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AirAsia Founder Sees Hong Kong Impact Spreading to Shenzhen and Macau


Macau: Impacted by Hong Kong protests. Bloomberg

Skift Take: AirAsia admits demand for flights to Macau and Shenzhen is down, but plays down the impact of Federal Aviation Administration’s ban on Malaysian carriers from adding new U.S. routes. That’s a setback for AirAsia X that was planning flights to the U.S. West Coast.

— Raini Hamdi

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Thailand’s Visitor Decline and 12 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

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Prices for Thai beach resorts like Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort have been on the rise. Kasikorn Research Center expects the European market to decline. Premier Holidays

Skift Take: This week in tourism, Thailand faces a reckoning as high-spending European inbound travelers drop off. Meanwhile, we take a look at just how much clout travel advisors have in shaping responsible travel.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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