Madhu Unnikrishnan

Madhu Unnikrishnan
Managing Editor,
Aviation Daily
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IATA Calls On Maduro To Repatriate Airline Revenues From Venezuela 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has sent its fourth letter to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro petitioning airlines to repatriate funds, now estimated to be $4.1 billion, at the original exchange rate.

To date, Venezuela has allowed the repatriation of $425 million to airlines, but the country also is offering to allow airlines — and other companies — to repatriate funds at a much lower exchange rate than the 6.3 bolivars to the dollar at which the revenues were accrued.

Alaska, Delta Fine-Tune Seattle Strategies 

Alaska Airlines has no plans to unravel its codeshare relationship with Delta Air Lines, despite the two carriers fighting over dominance in Seattle--a fight analysts say may be overblown.

Alaska, Delta Fine-Tune Seattle Strategies 
Delta overlaps with Alaska on 41% of Alaska’s Seattle capacity. That figure is set to climb to 50% by next summer.
Opinion: Let Market Decide If NAI Succeeds 
Norwegian Air International faces an unprecedented delay to serve the U.S.
Delta In Talks With Venezuela On Repatriating $188 Million 
Venezuela owes the world’s airlines $4 billion, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates. After years of economic mismanagement and falling foreign currency reserves, the country has instituted currency controls.
DOT, EU Officials Meet On NAI 

U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) officials are meeting with their EU counterparts in Brussels to discuss Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for a foreign air carrier permit to fly to the U.S., although industry observers say it could be months — not days or weeks — before the DOT makes a decision on the application.

DOT, EU Officials Meet On Norwegian's U.S. Application 

U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) officials are meeting with their EU counterparts in Brussels to discuss Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for a foreign air carrier permit to fly to the U.S., although industry observers say it could be months — not days or weeks — before the DOT makes a decision on the application.

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More Groups, Lawmakers Join Fight For And Against NAI 

Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) plan to serve the U.S. is facing fresh opposition from another airline union and eight members of the Georgia congressional delegation.

More Groups, Lawmakers Join Fight For And Against NAI 
Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) plan to serve the U.S. is facing fresh opposition from another airline union and eight members of the Georgia congressional delegation.
Volaris Capacity Growth In Line With Analysts’ Expectations 

Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris said that June capacity outstripped traffic, but the carrier also reported a strong increase in the number of onboard passengers compared with last year.

Volaris reported traffic, measured in revenue passenger-miles (RPM), rose 11% from June 2013. Broken down into international and domestic, Volaris reported a 23% rise in international traffic and a 7% rise in domestic traffic. Capacity, measured in available seat-miles (ASM), rose 12% system-wide, 9% domestic and 22% international.

United To Outsource 637 Jobs At 12 Airports 
United Airlines, seeking to cut costs, will outsource 637 customer-service and baggage-handling jobs at 12 airports, while bringing those jobs in-house at three other airports, the airline said.
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