Karen Walker

Air Transport World Editor-in-Chief and Group Air Transport Editor-in-Chief

Washington, DC


Karen Walker is Air Transport World Editor-in-Chief and Aviation Week Network Group Air Transport Editor-in-Chief. She joined ATW in 2011 and oversees the editorial content and direction of ATW, Routes and Aviation Week Group air transport content.

Karen serves on the board of directors of the International Aviation Club of Washington and was the IAC’s President in 2017-2018.

Karen has been writing about the aerospace and air transport industries for more than 35 years and is a recognized authority and commenter on the airline industry. She is a regular speaker and moderator at aviation events worldwide and a commentator on radio and TV news programs. In 2019, she was a judge and a presenter for IATA’s inaugural diversity awards.

Based in Washington D.C., she gained her degree in journalism in the U.K. and is a multiple winner of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s aerospace journalism awards.

She is the recipient of the Aerospace Media Awards 2021 Aerospace Writer of the Year.


WORLD AIRLINE REPORT: On the Way, But Not There Yet

By Karen Walker Jul 29, 2021
The recovery of the air transport and travel industry is either well underway—even surging—or a long way off, depending on where and when you look.
Air Transport

EDITORIAL: Use Human Adaptivity to Reopen the World

By Karen Walker Jul 28, 2021
There’s a lot of talk about how the COVID-19 coronavirus adapts, and understandable concern about the infection rates of new mutations. What’s often overlooked, however, is how significantly humans have adapted, individually and as collectives, and how much has been learned over the past 18 months.
Air Transport

ANALYSIS: Angry Birds: Unruly Passengers Present A Growing Challenge

By Karen Walker Jul 27, 2021
The US is once more experiencing busy airports and full flights as domestic leisure travel numbers surge close to 2019 levels. In their pandemic isolation, however, some Americans appear to have forgotten how to behave in public.
Air Transport