The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

A4A CEO Nick Calio on stage

North America

A Thanksgiving Week of Travel

Thanksgiving travel in the U.S. is back, said Airlines for America President and CEO Nicholas Calio. But while it may be as busy as it was three years ago, it…

November 18th, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST


Turkish Airlines Blowout

Turkish Airlines had a blowout third quarter. The airline's revenues and capacity are way up from 2019 with no pause in sight. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss Turkish's outlook.…

November 11th, 2022 at 4:10 AM EST

A TAP Air Portugal plane at London's Heathrow airport


Europe’s Airline Merger Mania

Air France-KLM wants TAP Air Portugal, but so does International Airlines Group. IAG also wants Air Europa, and maybe even EasyJet. And the Lufthansa Group is back in play for…

November 4th, 2022 at 12:30 PM EDT

Norwegian Air rear boarding


Norwegian Air’s Turnaround

Who would have thought three years ago that we'd be talking about the bright future for Norwegian Air? One restructuring and pandemic later, and the discounter is profitable and taking…

October 28th, 2022 at 12:15 PM EDT

An empty gate at Buenos Aires' Ezeiza airport.

Latin Caution

Latin American airline executives are mostly bullish on the near-term outlook but, given their exposure to the strong U.S. dollar and other macro pressures, are cautious about what the new…

October 21st, 2022 at 5:40 PM EDT

Delta passengers and signage in Atlanta

Is Travel Countercyclical?

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian claimed this week, after his airline reported a robust third quarter profit and sees seemingly unsated demand, that travel is "countercyclical" to the economic…

October 16th, 2022 at 12:30 PM EDT

Austin Airport and Skyline

All-Star Airports

What's the ado with Austin, Cancun, Ho Chi Minh City, Paris Orly, and Riyadh? All of the airports are seeing tremendous growth above pre-pandemic levels. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat…

October 7th, 2022 at 12:15 PM EDT

SGF American Airlines


American’s Blended Travel Boom

The "real revenue growth" at American Airlines is in blended trips, or travel that includes both business and personal aspects, Chief Commercial Officer Vasu Raja said at the Skift Global…

September 30th, 2022 at 12:10 PM EDT

Orlando Airport Terminal JetBlue


Orlando Rebound

The U.S. travel recovery is strong, and maybe nearly complete. If there is one airport that epitomizes the strength of the leisure-first recovery, it is Orlando where seemingly endless domestic…

September 25th, 2022 at 8:33 AM EDT


India’s Moment

Is Indian aviation's moment here? Air India under Tata ownership has a deal for new airplanes, while the country's largest airline, IndiGo, keeps growing and several new startups are adding…

September 16th, 2022 at 2:10 PM EDT