January 30, 2023

News to Know

U.S. Airlines Forecast Strong 2023 Travel, Costs May Dampen Outlook

U.S. airlines expect strong travel demand that drove record fourth-quarter revenues to continue into 2023, but economic uncertainty and burgeoning labor and operations costs could cloud their rosy outlooks.

On Thursday, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways Corp and Alaska Air Group forecast better-than-expected full-year earnings.

Airlines are cashing in as consumers snap up tickets following a pandemic-induced slump, making the industry a rare bright spot as markets grasp with runaway inflation, rising interest rates and economic uncertainty.

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FAA Identifies Contractor Involved in Outage That Cause Nationwide Ground Stop (THE HILL)

Airlines Say Demand Shows Little Sign of Stopping (BUSINESS TRAVEL NOW)

American Airlines Passenger Uses AirTag to Track Lost Wallet to 35 Cities (SIMPLE FLYING)


National Car Rental Launches New Mobile App (AUTO RENTAL NEWS)


No More Plastic Cups for Alaska Airlines (THE POINTS GUY)

Travel Companies Are ‘Greenwashing’ — Here Are 3 Ways To Find Ones That Aren’t (CNBC)


Radisson Ready to Tap Travel Rebound (TTR WEEKLY)

Travel Advisors Save the Day…But Travel Protection Can Save the Trip (BUSINESS LOUNGE DAILY)

More Corporates Seeking Agent Support for Business Travel, Advantage Finds (TRAVEL WEEKLY)

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Australia - Rail services canceled on Airport and Midland Lines in Perth, Australia, due to train fire the afternoon of Jan. 30.

New Zealand - Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms forecast across parts of North Island, New Zealand, through Jan. 31. Disruptions ongoing in Auckland.

South Korea - South Korea eases indoor facemask mandate as of Jan. 30 amid decreasing COVID-19 cases. Minimal international travel requirements in effect.

United States - Adverse winter weather forecast across parts of the northern US through at least Jan. 30. Hazardous travel conditions likely.

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