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December 6, 2023

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Smaller Airlines Seek Mergers to Compete With Industry Giants

Smaller airlines that operate in the shadow of the nation’s four dominant air carriers are increasingly feeling pressure to merge with others to gain access to more planes and airport gates.

Those dynamics were on display in a federal courtroom in Boston on Tuesday where JetBlue Airways tried to persuade a judge to let it buy Spirit Airlines for $3.8 billion. It was also at play this past weekend when Alaska Airlines proposed acquiring Hawaiian Airlines for $1.9 billion.

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Airlines See Stable Profits, Record Traveller Numbers in 2024 (YAHOO!)

The Overhead Bins Are Empty. Why Do Airlines Make You Check Your Bag? (THE WASHINGTON POST)

Turkish Airlines Is Expanding Its Collaboration with Vietnam Airlines (AVIATION24)


Mastering Hotel Distribution in a Fragmented Booking Environment (THE HOTEL CONVERSATION)

Is AI the Answer? The Hotel Industry Grapples With Its Implications. (HOTELS MAG)

Indonesia's Hotel Sector Soars (4HOTELIRS)


Air Canada Expands Plane to Train Options in Europe (TRAVEL NEWS ASIA)


SAF Volumes Growing but Still Missing Opportunities (IATA)

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GBTA Professional Development
GBTA and e-Cornell Offer Member-Exclusive Pricing on Business and Leadership Courses Until December 22, 2023

As Q4 2023 continues full speed ahead and 2024 is on the horizon, now is the time to take stock of training budgets and professional development goals. Did you and your team utilize this year’s allotment? Are you pledging to focus more on your career in 2024?

That’s why GBTA and eCornell, Cornell University’s external education unit that provides online professional and executive development, are partnering to offer GBTA members exclusive access to a selection of courses at a special discounted rate of only $795 per course (regular pricing is up to $1,500 per course).

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Indonesia - Death toll increases after Marapi Volcano erupts in West Sumatra Province, Indonesia, as of Dec. 5. Further volcanic activity likely.

Israel - Jewish activists to stage protest march through central Jerusalem, Israel, starting at 19:30 Dec. 7. Tight security, clashes likely.

South Pacific/Oceania - TC Jasper tracking westward in the Solomon Sea as of late Dec. 5. Adverse weather ongoing in the Solomon Islands as the system moves away.

Turkiye - Severe weather forecast across much of eastern Turkiye through at least Dec. 6. Flooding and associated disruptions possible.

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Upcoming Events

Webinar: 2023 Global Business Travel Index: What’s In Store for Global Business Travel
Today, December 6

Carrefour des Echanges Travel & MICE par GBTA
December 7

LATAM Business Travel Forums Santiago de Chile
December 14

GBTA Conference 2024 - Mexico City
April 3 - 4

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