Madhu Unnikrishnan

Aviation Daily

Madhu Unnikrishnan is editor-in-chief of Aviation Daily and the Commercial Channel on the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN), and he also covers North American airlines for those publications and Aviation Week & Space Technology. Prior to returning to Aviation Week in 2014, he handled media relations for Virgin America. From 2004-2013, Madhu held a variety of editorial roles at Aviation Week, starting as the editor of and AWIN, moving on to cover international affairs for Aviation Daily, and was business editor of Aviation Week & Space Technology. He began his aviation journalism career as one of the launch editors for two industry e-newsletters. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University and holds a master of science degree with honors from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

American Fights Back Against Delta’s Haneda Complaint 
American Airlines has not started its Los Angeles-Tokyo Haneda service because the Japanese government has not assigned a feasible slot time, the carrier said in a U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) filing.
Southwest Remains Firmly Opposed To Baggage Fees 
Southwest Airlines remains adamant that it will not add checked-baggage or change fees and in fact has made its lack of fees the centerpiece for its advertising campaign, CEO Gary Kelly says.
Southwest To Focus On Domestic Growth Next Year 
HOUSTON—Southwest Airlines will focus on adding new routes in its domestic network next year, but may add a “few routes south of the border,” an airline executive said.
Airports And Airlines Conflict Over PFC Charges 
Airports and airlines have been at loggerheads over increasing the Passenger Facilities Charge (PFC)
Pittsburgh Airport Chief Endorses Ride-Hailing Apps 
Ride-hailing companies are here to stay, and it is imperative that airports find a way to accommodate them, the head of Pittsburgh’s airport authority has said.
New Business Models Fill A Need—Partially 
Airline consolidation has left many small and medium airports without—or with significantly reduced—air service. However, new airline-business models have emerged to fill some of the vacuum.
Delta Asks DOT To Rescind American’s Haneda Slot 
Delta Air Lines is asking the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) to revoke the Tokyo Haneda frequency it awarded to American Airlines.
CBP: Stockholm, Punta Cana Likely Next To Get Preclearance 
The international airports in Stockholm, Sweden and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic are likely the next to have U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance facilities, a CBP official said.
American, Delta Seek DCA Slot Vacated By Sun Country 
Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are jockeying for a slot at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) being surrendered by Sun Country Airlines.
JetBlue Adds Havana Flight 

JetBlue is adding a second New York Kennedy-Havana, Cuba charter frequency, the carrier said on Sept. 28. Operated in conjunction with Cuba Travel Services, the flight will leave JFK every Tuesday from Dec. 1. JetBlue already operates a weekly charter to Havana, which leaves every Friday. The carrier began the charter flights when the U.S. loosened travel restrictions to Cuba earlier this year.

Delta Adds JFK-Tel Aviv Frequencies, Launches Raleigh-Paris Flights 
Delta Air Lines will begin nonstop daily flights from Raleigh-Durham International Airport
Polynesian Applies For Extension Of Only U.S. Cabotage Route 
Polynesian Airlines is asking the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) to extend the only cabotage route in the country by one more month.
FAA Bans Drones During Papal Visit 

The FAA has declared Philadelphia and New York “No-Drone Zones” during Pope Francis’s visits to those cities this week. All UAS, including radio-controlled models, are banned from Sept. 22-27, the agency says. UAS are always banned in Washington, which is also on the papal itinerary. 

Mexican LCCs Target Luxury Bus Traffic 
Low-cost carriers in Mexico are already outpacing legacy airlines, but want to grow the overall market by enticing bus passengers to fly and save time, at competitive fares.
Pilots Next Move In Southwest Airlines Agreement 

The fate of an agreement between Southwest Airlines and the board of the pilots union is now in the pilots’ hands.


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