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.

Southwest Sticks To Capacity Growth Plans 
Southwest Airlines’ second-quarter capacity grew by 4.8%, and the carrier has no plans to back down from its anticipated 5-6% capacity growth for this year, despite concerns expressed by Wall Street analysts.
DOT Grants FedEx Miami–Matanzas Route 
The Transportation Department (DOT) has granted FedEx the route authority for five-times-weekly, all-cargo service between Miami and Matanzas, Cuba.
Unions Claim Victory As DOT Denies NUK Exemption 
The Transportation Department (DOT) denied Norwegian U.K.’s (NUK) exemption to fly to the U.S., but has not yet ruled on the carrier’s permanent foreign air carrier permit.
EasyJet Explores Options To Protect Intra-EU Operations After Brexit 
With the U.K. on its way out of the EU, airlines are facing three challenges.
UPS Reaches Tentative Agreement With Pilots’ Union 
United Parcel Service (UPS) and the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) have reached a tentative agreement on a new, five-year contract, which will go to the union’s membership for a vote.
Venezuela Situation Still Parlous, ALTA Says 
The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) said it has found Venezuela’s National Assembly “receptive” to requests to repatriate airline revenues trapped in that country. But no solution can be found until the executive branch of the Venezuelan government concurs.
U.S. To Hold Informal Meetings With Qatar, UAE On Aviation 
U.S. government representatives will meet in Washington on July 18 with their counterparts from the United Arab Emirates, and on July 25 with Qatari officials, to discuss aviation policy.
No Brexit Fallout For Airlines—Yet  9
Airlines will continue operating under the same regulations, at least in the near-to-medium term, despite the U.K.’s vote June 23 to leave the EU, or “Brexit,” experts say. However, travel demand could be affected by economic and political uncertainty over the next few months.
Cooperation Key To Latin America Safety, But Infrastructure Remains A Challenge 
PANAMA CITY—Latin America’s safety record is the result of a variety of factors, including cultural affinity among the countries in the region, the age of the fleet and strong cooperation between governments, industry and ICAO, industry experts said here at the ALTA Pan-American Aviation Safety Summit.
ALTA: Caribbean Tourism Market Hampered By Taxes 
PANAMA CITY—The lack of air connectivity among the Caribbean islands remains one of the tallest barriers to unlocking the full potential of the region’s tourism market, the head of ALTA told Aviation Daily at the ALTA Pan-American Aviation Safety Summit here.
Airline Leaders Call For More Latin America Investment 
PANAMA CITY—Passenger traffic in Latin America is expected to grow between 5–10% per year over the next decade. But this growth could be hampered by lack of government investment in infrastructure, air traffic control systems and airports, industry leaders said at the ALTA Pan-American Aviation Safety Summit here.
Udvar-Hazy To Step Down As Air Lease Corp. CEO 
Steven Udvar-Hazy, founder of Air Lease Corporation (ALC), is stepping down as CEO. John Plueger will assume the role July 1.
American Disputes JetBlue’s Claims About Its Cuba Prices 
SAN FRANCISCO—American Airlines has vigorously objected to JetBlue’s claims in a regulatory filing that American’s Cuba fares are overpriced.
New Southwest Reservation System Supports Foreign Sales 
DENVER—When it goes live in 2017, Southwest Airlines’ new reservation system will allow the carrier to expand to international points of sale, David Harvey, managing director of business development, said at the Airports Council International-North America JumpStart conference here.
ACI-NA: PFC Cap Hamstrings Airports In Attracting Service 

DENVER—Not raising the Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) will prevent airports from attracting new air service, but the U.S.


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