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Traveling back to the communist time

LOTTwo European Union member states have moved back to the soviet era and are now almost 1-party states again: Hungary and Poland. Therefore, the European Commission is monitoring these countries closely, while the European Parliament just started an investigation into the 2 countries.  A reader shares his experience with LOT Polish Airlines that reminds him to the communist era. He forwarded his correspondence with LOT about the reservation of a round trip Amsterdam-Montreal in business class. As LOT’s website is very simple, it is...
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Fear of the Russians

At Schiphol Amsterdam Airport a conflict has arisen around the Russian cargo carrier AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC). The carrier received fewer slots (takeoff and landing times) than before because ABC had used less than 80% of its slots in the previous season. The growth of passenger numbers at Schiphol was the past 2 years unexpectedly high. As a result, the airport has reached the limit of its capacity, which translates into fewer slots than airlines would like to have. Airport Coordination Netherlands (ACNL) is an independent organization that allots...
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World’s top-10 airlines 2018

There are numerous airline rankings. Often they are either entertainment or commercial business. Rankings may be based on criteria that may be subjective, for example passenger reviews. Or they may be objective and based on statistics like on-time performance, involuntary denied boardings and the rate of mishandled baggage. Ranking lists in the category entertainment are usually those published by travel magazines, while an example of a commercial list is that of Skytrax that distributes a large number of awards at expensive galas in fancy hotels. But they also sell services...
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How serious should we take the IATA?

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines. The group complains that airport monopolies are taking money from the pockets of travelers to reward investors. The IATA has called on the European Union (EU) to strengthen economic regulation at European airfield monopolies as charges continue to rise. The IATA claims that the portion of the ticket price taken by EU airports doubled, whereas the cost of an air ticket remained virtually the same in the period 2006-2016. Had airport charges remained constant over this period,...
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Airlines as auctioneers

Passengers are ever more requested to bid for upgrades or giving up theirs seats on oversold flights. United Airlines will begin testing from October 2017 a bidding program in select markets to avoid that more passengers will be forcibly dragged from their flights, like Dr. David Dao experienced on April 9, 2017. Interestingly, it was not a matter of an oversold flight. Rather, United had decided that crew members had to take the flight that Dr. Dao had already boarded and had taken his seat. However, this was only possible by removing...
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Consequences of Air Berlin’s demise

When Etihad Airways, Air Berlin’s biggest shareholder, pulled the plug it was the beginning of the end for the German carrier. Currently, it is running on a €150 million ($179 million) loan from the German government. This is supposedly enough to keep the carrier in the air for the next 3 months. The consequences of Air Berlin’s pending bankruptcy are not limited to the carrier and its employees and customers, but also include a change of the competitive positions of the 3 airline alliances. Air Berlin is a...
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