April 7, 2023

Airlines’ Answer for Congested Airports and Rising Costs: Bigger Planes

Faced with congested airports, rising costs, a pilot shortage and a resurgence in travel demand, airlines are increasingly turning to the same remedy: bigger planes that fit more passengers.

Flights operated by the 11 largest U.S. airlines had an average of more than 153 seats on domestic flights last year, up from an average of nearly 141 seats in 2017, according to aviation data firm Cirium. In April, U.S. carriers have 0.6% more seats in their domestic schedules compared with the same month of 2019, despite operating 10.6% fewer flights.

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US Air Traffic Control Shortages Are Now Causing More Airlines To Cancel Flights (SIMPLE FLYING)

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Introduces Pre-Booked Security Screening Slots (BUSINESS TRAVEL NOW)

US Lawmakers Make New Push to Bar Convicted Violent Passengers from Flights (REUTERS)


The New Advantage and Mex Rent a Car Enter Global Partnership (AUTO RENTAL NEWS)


Lyft to Expand 'Green Mode' for EV, Hybrid Requests (BTN)

EU Urged to Ensure 'Green' Investments Stay Clean (BTN EUROPE)


U.S. Travelers Plan to Travel More, Spend More in 2023/2024 (TRAVEL MARKET REPORT)

ChatGPT Means Radically Improved Travel Sales Conversion (PHOCUSWIRE)

The Time Is Now: MICE and Business Travel Are on the Rise (TRAVEL DAILY MEDIA)

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

France - Activists to continue strikes and protests against pension reform in France through mid-April. Nationwide action planned for April 13.

Ireland and United Kingdom - Increased security and movement disruptions likely in Northern Ireland, UK, and Ireland, due to US presidential visit April 11-14.

Nepal - Nepal maintaining COVID-19 measures as of April 6. Unvaccinated international arrivals require pre-departure testing.

Netherlands - Cargo vessel collides with Low Gouwe Railway Bridge in Gouda City, Netherlands, April 7. Train and shipping disruptions ongoing.

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