July 19, 2023

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A Pilot Shortage Is Aggravating Airline Delays. Congress Has Two Ideas to Fix It.

In the middle of another summer likely to be remembered for travel delays, [the U.S.] Congress is set to begin debate this week about how to ease a lingering lack of pilots.

The industry has struggled with a cockpit shortage since the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ongoing issue is a key aggravator for this summer’s travel problems. Experts say both airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) simply don't have enough bodies to react as weather increasingly upends flight plans and travel reaches pre-pandemic levels.

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What Is Skiplagging? All About the Travel Hack Airlines Hate. (THE WASHINGTON POST)

Why Airlines Must Move Beyond Files Fares for Modern Retailing (PHOCUSWIRE)

White House Presses for Consumer Protections to Remain in Aviation Bill (TRAVEL PULSE)


European Accommodations Hope for a Record-Breaking Year, Summer 2023 Barometer Reveals (4HOTELIERS)


Sustainable Aviation Fuels: Potential Lagging Behind Reality (MONGABAY)


TravelPulse Podcast: Business Travel Outlook and Top Tips for Work Trips (TRAVEL PULSE)

The Potential of GPT Models for the Travel Industry (AMADEUS)

Major Shake-Up in World's Passport Power Ranking (4HOTELIERS)

Industry Spotlight


Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines has a fleet of 419 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 344 worldwide destinations as 291 international and 53 domestics in 129 countries. We connect more countries than any other airline. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on its official website or its social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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GBTA 2023 Annual Business Meeting
Reminder Join us at the GBTA 2023 Annual Business Meeting

Thursday, July 25 - 11:00 EDT | 17:00 CEST

Don't miss this opportunity to join the virtual Annual Business Meeting. Register now and secure your place to join GBTA leaders for a review of the state of the association, key milestones and what's ahead at the GBTA's 2023 Annual Business Meeting, to be held virtually on Thursday, July 25 - 11:00 EDT | 17:00 CEST. (As required by New York State law, this serves as a notification for GBTA members.)

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Peru - Authorities in Peru expand state of emergency in Libertad from from July 19; activists plan nationwide protests July 19. Avoid protests.

United Kingdom - Ground staff at Gatwick Airport, UK, plan to strike from July 28; processing delays and flight disruptions are possible.

United States - TS Calvin tracking westward in the central Pacific Ocean evening of July 18. Close approach to Hawaii, US, late July 18-early July 19.

Western, Central, and Southern Europe - Thunderstorms forecast across central and eastern Europe through at least July 22. Transport, business, and utility disruptions possible.

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