Scandinavian Airlines Settles With Pilots to End Week-Long Strike

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SAS has settled its pilot strike. Pictured is a SAS Airbus A340. SAS

Skift Take: Perhaps a larger, more profitable airline could have withstood a longer strike. But SAS is among Europe’s smaller carriers, and unlike many of its competitors, it is not owned by a big group. It had to work this out quickly or the airline’s future could have been in peril.

— Brian Sumers

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Expedia CEO: If United Doesn’t Talk New Deal, It Will Be ‘Completely Bewildering’

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Expedia Group CEO Mark Okerstrom said he thinks that at the end of the day United Airlines would want to come to terms over a new contract. Justin Bachman / Bloomberg

Skift Take: It’s certainly possible that United may walk away from Expedia on September 30 if the two parties can’t reach a new contract. Expedia is downplaying the financial impact, but the repercussions would be far-reaching — and would amount to a big hit to the Expedia brand.

— Dennis Schaal

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Sri Lanka Uses Tax Waivers to Boost Tourism Investment After Attacks

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Rescue personnel in Sri Lanka following last month’s terror attacks. Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images

Skift Take: Sri Lanka is looking at a multiyear comeback trail for tourism after last month’s attacks. Tax waivers will make the destination more attractive for travel industry investors but do little to reassure travelers that they’ll be safe once they arrive.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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What Morocco’s First Female Mountain Guide Can Teach the Travel Industry

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Zina Bencheikh, regional general manager Europe, Middle East, and North Africa at Peak DMC, right, and Hafida Hdoubane, a mountain guide in Morocco, center, on stage with Hannah Sampson of Skift. Russell Harper / Skift

Skift Take: Peak DMC has made hiring female tour guides a priority, working hard to try to rectify a gender problem. It hasn’t always been easy, though.

— Patrick Whyte

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