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Iceland used to be the hottest tourism destination. What happened?

So why is Iceland no longer the hottest cold-weather destination? The truth is, nobody’s totally sure. But the lure of other destinations, the country’s expensive accommodations and the demise of WOW Air could all be partly to blame.David Oliver (USA Today)

WOW Air ceases operations and cancels all flights, leaving thousands stranded and angry

The fall of WOW follows months of economic struggles. In January, the airline announced it would cut its number of U.S. destinations to just four as it attempted to return to stable financial footing.Sara M Moniuszko (USA Today)

Etihad ‘restructures’ plane orders amid fiscal turbulence

Once making headlines in 2013 for fleet purchases valued at $67 billion, Etihad has seen its strategy of rapidly buying stakes in other airlines to expand its global footprint expose it to major losses. In its last two reported financial years alone, the airline hemorrhaged nearly $3.5 billion in losses. Full-year results for 2018 for the company are expected in the summer.Jon Gambrell (Associated Press)

Dubai is back at it again, ranks as the busiest international airport for another year running

The airport said on Monday that it welcomed over 89 million passengers in 2018. That’s compared to the hub seeing about 88.2 million passengers in 2017.Associated Press

Norwegian Air to fly from Miami, San Francisco; expand in Boston

London attracts a large number of business travelers, which provides greater opportunities for our competitive Premium cabin out of Miami and San Francisco. The other routes are more leisure focused and therefore more suited for Fort Lauderdale and Oakland.Anders Lindström (Norwegian Air)

Icelandair to buy budget rival WOW

WOW air has in recent years built a strong brand and enjoyed great success in the company‘s markets to and from Iceland and across the Atlantic. There are many opportunities for synergies with the two companies, but they will continue to operate under their own brands and operating approvals. The tourism industry is one of the cornerstones of the Icelandic economy and it is important that flights to and from Iceland will remain frequent.Bogi Nils Bogason (Icelandair)

New York’s JFK Airport to get 2 new terminals in $13B transformation

A $7 billion terminal on the south side of the airport will be financed and built by a partnership of four international carriers — Lufthansa, Air France, Korean Air Lines and Japan Airlines. A $3 billion terminal on the north side will be built and paid for by JetBlue. […] Another priority is improving road and transit access. More than $1 billion in public funds will be invested in new roads to ease bottlenecks and congestion. The expansion will also double capacity on the AirTrain, a rail line that carries passengers from Queens’ Jamaica neighborhood.Associated Press

Airline seat standards coming, as safety concerns, passenger complaints mount

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Revenge of the travel industry: Online reviews of you

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These are the world’s 10 best airlines, according to TripAdvisor

Singapore Airlines has been picked as the world’s best airline by users of TripAdvisor, the travel review announced Monday. Singapore bested No. 2 Air New Zealand and No. 3 Emirates to take the top spot in the ratings, which are the second of TripAdvisor’s now-annual “Travelers’ Choice Awards.”Ben Mutzabaugh (USA Today)

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