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Air France-KLM Isn’t Sure What to Do About Low-Cost Rivals

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An Air France jet. Parent company Air France-KLM is competing in an increasingly tough transatlantic market. Air France

Skift Take: Air France-KLM is being much more cautious than its rivals on the subject of low-cost long-haul. Joon isn't the long-term answer and Air France-Klm needs to come up with something better if it is going to compete against Norwegian and others.

— Patrick Whyte

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Mexico’s Volaris Plots Central American Growth at Expense of Copa Airlines

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A flight attendant shows off one of Copa's Boeing 737-800s. The airline is facing new competition in Central America. Boeing

Skift Take: Copa Airlines CEO Pedro Heilbron has been in the job for 30 years, and has been adept at managing the carrier through sometimes-turbulent times. For that reason alone, Copa should be OK. But you never know.

— Brian Sumers

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Flight Centre Will Eliminate Some Leisure Brands

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The Escape Travel and Cruiseabout travel agencies will be rebranded as Flight Centre or Travel Associates. Flight Centre Travel Group

Skift Take: Australia’s largest travel agent, Flight Centre, is not resting on its laurels after posting record revenues and strong profits. To ensure it stays on track, the group is shedding underperforming businesses, and dumping some of its leisure brands. It is also chasing growth in emerging business lines ranging from destination management to foreign exchange services.

— Allan Leibowitz

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Stansted and Heathrow Airports Plan to Increase Passenger Tallies

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Stanstead Airport in London has applied to be able to land more planes in the future, picking up slack from Heathrow and Gatwick,. Bloomberg

Skift Take: London's airports desperately need new runways as air travel demand has surged over the last few years. Stansted wants to pick up the slack, at least until Heathrow's third runway is finished.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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IAG Takes On Low-Cost Rivals With Transatlantic Capacity Binge

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Willie Walsh, IAG CEO. The airline group will add capacity in 2018 as a way to take on competitors. Bloomberg

Skift Take: If there is going to be a capacity war over European skies, IAG is probably in a stronger position than its rival carrier groups. And with oil prices rising again, we could see more airline business casualties in 2018.

— Patrick Whyte

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