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What You Need to Know About U.S. Airlines Now in a World Turned Upside-Down

U.S. airlines were in a position of strength. And then the coronavirus crisis struck. Although no carrier has announced layoffs or has requested a government bailout, the days, weeks, and months ahead look rough.

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Nothing Could Stop the Cruise Industry — Then Came Coronavirus

The cruise industry has weathered a lot of bad news unscathed. But the coronavirus crisis seems different. This could be a seminal moment for the industry — and not in a good way.

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Unprecedented Times: Trump Bans Travel From Europe Because of Coronavirus

A U.S. travel ban from Europe, to be implemented in less than two days, will cause tremendous disruption. Is it the right move? And why was the UK excluded?

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Coronavirus Is Pushing Some Airlines to the Precipice

The UK regional airline Flybe was the first airline casualty of coronavirus. It probably won't be the last.

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Cambodia's Sihanoukville Pays Price for Gambling Itself Away

The day of reckoning has come for Sihanoukville as an exodus of Chinese nationals and other tourists occurs. A correction should follow, but can the once popular town regain its soul?

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Airline Weekly Podcast: How Is the Virus Pandemic Different From 9/11 for Airlines?

In the latest episode of the Skift Airline Weekly Lounge podcast, the viral pandemic is bringing the world's airlines to their knees. But how is this shock different from the aftereffects of the 9/11 attacks? The terrorist threat led to new airport security protocols and armored cockpit doors. The viral pandemic's effects are more widespread and universal for the world's airlines than the fallout from the attacks.

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Editor's Picks
Will Any Cruise Lines Have Ships at Sea by Monday?

The cruise industry has had a spectacularly rotten week. Facing criticism from all sides, it looks increasingly unlikely that many lines will still be sailing as scheduled on Monday.

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United’s New Refund Policy: One More Reason to Stay Home

United Airlines can do anything it wants to save its business. But we caution the airline against changing the rules after people buy tickets. Do that enough, and travelers will stop trusting you.

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Nearly a Third of U.S. Travelers Defer Plans as Uncertainty Grows: Skift Research Survey

As coronavirus creeps closer to most Americans, more will cancel and defer travel. The data isn't good, but it's still less scary than the end-of-the-world social media posts would have you believe.

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