Ryanair Ready to Pounce on Opportunities From Pending Airline Mergers

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Two Ryanair aircraft. The airline group is setting itself up to take advantage of further European airline consolidation. Dylan Agbagni (CC0) / Flickr

Skift Take: It looks like Ryanair is preparing itself for a major shakeup of the European airline industry. We’ve heard it talk about struggling competition before, but things are getting much tougher out there.

— Patrick Whyte

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Viva Air Sees Opportunity in Venezuela and 3 Other Aviation Trends This Week


Computer rendering of Viva Air Airbus320neo. Viva Air CEO Felix Antelo told Skift this week at the Aviation Festival in Miami that the airline is looking to secure an operating certificate in Venezuela. Airbus

Skift Take: This week in aviation, one ultra low-cost carrier faces little competition in a turbulent Venezuela, EasyJet hopes its loyalty perks will help it navigate a difficult future, and IndiGo maps out a new strategy to expand its routes.

— Isaac Carey

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EasyJet Flies Toward Uncertain Summer of a European Slowdown

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An EasyJet aircraft taking off. The carrier has maintained its profit guidance. Rob Hodgkins / Flickr

Skift Take: It’s not a great time to be running a European short-haul airline, but EasyJet is trying to make the best of it. While growing its holiday and business travel offerings is probably a smart move, it’s difficult to see them making much of a difference if the economic climate keeps getting worse.

— Patrick Whyte

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Netherlands Will Continue Tourism Promotion Despite Media Reports

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Tourists in Amsterdam. Contrary to recent media reports, the Netherlands has not enacted any new policy initiatives regarding tourism promotion. _dchris / Flickr

Skift Take: Forget the flashy headlines; destinations need time to respond effectively to overtourism with the cultural fabric of popular locations at stake. The intelligent move is to thoughtfully adjust policies to limit the negative impact of tourism.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Cape Town Hopes Muslim Travelers Can Stave Off Winter Woes

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Mosque Dargan Kramat on Signal Hill. Tourism bosses in South Africa’s Western Cape region are hoping that growth in the Muslim travel market can bolster the winter market doldrums. Craig Howes / Cape Town Tourism

Skift Take: Touting the city’s attractiveness for Muslim travelers — particularly in markets that are already strong drivers of tourism — is a savvy move by tourism authorities and operators in Cape Town.

— Richard Holmes

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