Week in Review


Yahoo! Finance reports Marcou Transportation Group announced the acquisition of GroundLink and software provider Limo Anywhere.

According to Reuters, a computer glitch forced United to ground all domestic flights for an hour on Sunday evening. This occurs just months after a computer glitch caused thousands of worldwide delays in October.

Business Insider notes low-cost carrier AirAsia X has received FAA clearance to fly to the United States.

According to Travel Weekly, Etihad CEO James Hogan and CFO James Rigney will be stepping down during the second half of 2017.

Buying Business Travel reports Glasgow Airport will introduce a £2 drop-off charge in order to improve the flow of traffic and reduce congestion.

According to The Independent, freezing fog in the London area resulted in over 250 flight cancellations from Monday to Wednesday.

Buying Business Travel finds TSA PreCheck has expanded to include 11 new airlines, including Virgin Atlantic, the first UK airline to partner with PreCheck.

According to Skift, Southwest has no plans to introduce a basic economy fare in the future, as promised by CEO Gary Kelly.

The Economist reports Britain will now accept passport photos taken on mobile phones when renewing passports online. Those applying for a first passport are still required to have physical photos countersigned by a professional contact to prove their identity.

According to International Business Times, Australian airports will replace passport checks with facial recognition technology in the near future. This move comes as a result of government efforts to automate 90 percent of air traveler processing by 2020.

Skift reports American Airlines will no longer install in-seat entertainment screens on its new Boeing 737s that arrive later this year. Instead, they plan to offer passengers free entertainment accessible via their mobile devices.

According to Hotel Owner, new research suggests average room rates in the UK dropped by nearly 12 percent in 2016, compared to the previous year.

According to Philly.com, Emirates Airlines announced plans for a daily Athens-to-Newark flight, rekindling Open Skies tensions with U.S. airlines.

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