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Faced with a loss of profitable business travel and widespread staffing shortages, airlines likely will struggle during this holiday travel season, with nearly half of Americans planning to travel. Photo by Kirby Lee via AP
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“ A mess .”
“ Hellish .”
“ A crapshoot .”
Air travel in the United States these days is…rough. And it’s not likely to get markedly better before the holiday travel season, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s when nearly half of Americans plan to travel.
“What we see, and what we continue to see, is that the desire to be together with grandma is enduring—it just does not fade,” says Samuel Engel , a lecturer in marketing at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business and a management consultant to airlines. “That’s great, that means that we’re human and we’re connected people.”
But it also means, for an industry that sustained drastic pandemic-era changes, a bumpy road ahead.
Of these shifts, Engel says, there are two that continue to produce aftershocks to this day: a significant decline in business travel and chronic staffing shortages.
“Business travel demand just has not recovered to the same degree that leisure travel demand has,” he says. With many flights effectively grounded early on, the pandemic forced companies to conduct business online, often with videoconferencing technology such as Zoom—which also “rapidly improved” during this time period. A nascent evolution in doing business sped up and took hold.
For airlines, the loss (and slower recovery) of these business travelers has had a noticeable impact on the bottom line. Business travelers, many of them more frequent flyers than their leisure traveling counterparts, were much more willing to pay top-dollar for a convenient flight, Engel says.
In effect, the business of business travel often subsidized the relatively lower-profit leisure travel. With less demand for business travel comes fewer flights and higher-priced tickets for leisure travelers.
Airlines have a compounding problem: “There’s a shortage of skilled, credentialed labor that most acutely affects pilots—who have recently negotiated some of the most generous contracts in history that will start to have a painful bite on airline profitability, just as some demand is dropping,” Engel says.
While the long-term consequences of these new contracts are just starting to emerge, pilot shortages also have a more immediate chilling effect on small airports and routes.
“When pilot labor is scarce or more expensive, it becomes less feasible to fly smaller routes and smaller planes,” Engel says. “So, we’ve already seen that service to smaller communities has fallen off.”
Separately, airlines are also facing a critical shortage of air traffic controllers , and have been for months. Unlike in other countries, air traffic control is a government-provided service in the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration trains and employs air traffic controllers, who are then responsible for overseeing service to more than 45,000 flights and 2.9 million airline passengers a day traveling across the more than 29 million square miles that make up the country’s national airspace system.
By its own account, the FAA is lagging behind its hiring targets . And the shortage means that at some airports, controllers are working mandatory overtime and six-day workweeks to cover the gaps in coverage. Still, there have been several near-misses at facilities across the country .
“The FAA is behind its hiring targets, and travel demand has rebounded faster than many people expected,” Engel says. “It’s still just running tight; there’s less give in the system, and that becomes evident during the peak times.”
He compared it to Massachusetts’ mercurial, traffic-prone Route 3: “It’s fine—until it isn’t. And, ”why does traffic stop in Boston when it rains? There’s about nine people who drive to work instead of taking the T, and it pushes the system from free-flowing to overburdened.”
All is not lost, though.
Engel, who says he’s quick to switch his flight if “creeping delays” suggest it may be canceled—and recommends others do the same—uses the opportunity of a change in plans to enjoy a bit more time wherever he is. A canceled flight at night is just a chance to enjoy dinner at a restaurant and a relaxing evening in a hotel, he says.
And even the most frustrating situations take on a new light when one stops to reflect on the modern marvel of flight, Engel says. “I’ve been in this industry for over 30 years, I’ve been flying since I was a kid, and I continue to pause and reflect on how amazing this is: what an incredible thing this is, what a historical revelation this is, to be able to move around the world like this.”
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Travel site Trivago says UK destinations are dominating Britons’ hotel bookings in the latter half of 2024
Blackpool is more popular than Benidorm for British holidaymakers booking trips away next year as soaring air fares lead people to opt for stayactions, according to accommodation search website Trivago.
The group’s chief executive, Johannes Thomas, said UK hotel bookings in the third and fourth quarters of 2024 are dominated by domestic destinations.
“The UK is a very domestic market. Part of that is down to airline tickets, which are significantly more expensive,” he said. “Overall across the globe, it’s true for the US, Europe and the UK that people are going closer to home. They’re travelling shorter distances and choosing to stay shorter periods and that’s probably a sign of higher ticket prices.”
Thomas’s comments come after Ryanair warned last week of more steep hikes in air fares this winter.
The no-frills Irish airline said its fares surged by 24% on average in the first half of 2023 and a further “mid-teens percentage” rise is likely over the final three months of the year.
Thomas said flight prices have increased by more than 30% since 2019, before the pandemic struck, but there is some hope of relief. “Since the middle of 2023, we’ve seen prices plateauing,” he said.
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Britons are also choosing to celebrate the new year in the UK, with London, Edinburgh and Blackpool among the top five places to see in the start of 2024.
The outlook for the first half of next year shows a similar trend, with more than half of the 10 most popular holiday destinations in the UK and Ireland for British travellers.
Trivago said its bookings data also shows the cost pressures faced by consumers and moves to make savings on travel, with a fall in average price a night and length of stay.
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Sergey brin-backed airship startup lta research begins flight testing today.
As dawn breaks over Silicon Valley, the world is getting its first look at Pathfinder 1, a prototype electric airship that its maker LTA Research hopes will kickstart a new era in climate-friendly air travel, and accelerate the humanitarian work of its funder, Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
The airship — its snow-white steampunk profile visible from the busy 101 highway — has taken drone technology such as fly-by-wire controls, electric motors and lidar sensing, and supersized them to something longer than three Boeing 737s, potentially able to carry tons of cargo over many hundreds of miles.
“It’s been 10 years of blood, sweat and tears,” LTA CEO Alan Weston told TechCrunch on the eve of the unveiling. “Now we must show that this can reliably fly in real-world conditions. And we’re going to do that.”
A series of increasingly ambitious flight tests lie ahead, before Pathfinder 1 is moved to Akron, Ohio, where LTA Research is planning an even larger airship, the Pathfinder 3. The company eventually hopes to produce a family of airships to provide disaster relief where roads and airports are damaged, as well as zero-carbon passenger transportation.
For the next year however, the gigantic airship looks set to become a Silicon Valley landmark as its novel materials and systems are methodically put through their paces within shouting distance of companies like Google, Meta and Amazon. “I’m excited about the potential of not building just one airship, but laying the foundation for many airships to be built,” said Weston. “The innovations and the technologies that we’re about to demonstrate have the potential to lay the foundation for a new industry.”
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Pathfinder 1 during outdoor flight operations testing November 8 at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California. Image Credits: LTA Research.
At 124.5 meters long, Pathfinder 1 dwarfs the current Goodyear airships and even the massive Stratolaunch plane designed to launch orbital rockets. It’s the largest aircraft to take to the skies since the gargantuan Hindenburg airship of the 1930s. Although similar in appearance to that ill-fated airship, and using a passenger gondola supplied by Zeppelin, the Pathfinder 1 was mostly built from the ground up using new materials and technologies.
LTA’s airship uses stable helium rather than flammable hydrogen as a lifting gas, held in 13 giant rip-stop nylon cells and monitored by lidar laser systems. A rigid framework of 10,000 carbon-fiber reinforced tubes and 3,000 titanium hubs form a protective skeleton around the gas cells, surrounded by a lightweight synthetic Tedlar skin.
Twelve electric motors powered by diesel generators and batteries enable vertical take-off and landing. They can propel the Pathfinder 1 at up to 65 knots (75 mph), although its initial flights will be at much lower speeds.
This morning, the airship floated silently from its WW2-era hangar at NASA’s Moffett Field at walking pace, steered by ropes held by dozens of the company’s engineers, technicians and ground crew.
The whole operation occurred under the cover of darkness, not because LTA has something to hide but because the airship’s flight test program begins with the first rays of the morning sun. The first lesson its engineers hope to learn is how Pathfinder 1’s approximately one million cubic feet of helium and weather resistant polymer skin will respond to the warming effect of Californian sunshine.
“We have sophisticated methodology that allows us to replicate real-world conditions using static test stands,” said Jillian Hilenski, senior mechanical engineer at LTA. “However, dynamic on-ship flight tests provide the best data on the health and efficiency of the airship.”
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LTA Research’s Pathfinder 1 airship prototype at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California. Image Credits: LTA Research
At the start of September, the FAA issued a special airworthiness certificate for the Pathfinder 1 allowing test flights in and around Moffett Field and the nearby Palo Alto airport, and over the southern part of the San Francisco Bay.
Those tests will initially happen just a few feet off the ground, with the airship tethered to a mobile tripod mast. These will be followed by simple maneuvers around Moffett Field, before a series of flights out and over the Bay.
“The advantages of going over the water are multiple,” said Weston. “First of all, when you come off Moffett Field, the air is smoother over the Bay than it is anywhere else. That’s very important. And there’s not much in the way of traffic on the surface, so that’s a big plus as well.”
Safety is top of Weston’s mind as he works to reintroduce rigid airships to the skies of North America — and ultimately the world. The first 50 flights of Pathfinder 1 covered by the FAA certificate will allow flights no higher than 1,500 feet, and will use two pilots rather than the single pilot the airship was designed to need.
“I can count the number of companies in the lighter-than-air space on my hands, and we all have a lot to lose if anybody has a serious problem,” he said. Weston says LTA is working closely with the FAA to ensure that anything the company builds has a safe and sensible path to full certification. “The last maiden flight of an airship like this was the Graf Zeppelin II in 1938,” he noted during the interview. “The FAA wasn’t even around then.”
Back to the future
In a world of eVTOL air-taxis , electric aviation startups and hydrogen planes, Weston acknowledges that airships are only ever likely to be a partial solution. “I can’t see airships replacing aircraft,” he said. “But I do see a niche for airships to be part of the transportation architecture that reduces the carbon footprint of air travel.”
Another important niche could be responding to natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and hurricanes. Sergey Brin also funds a nonprofit called Global Support and Development that aims to deliver humanitarian aid within the first 24 to 96 hours of a disaster.
Brin founded GSD in 2015 after using his own superyacht to deploy medics to the scene of a cyclone in the South Pacific. The nonprofit has since partnered with the nonprofit YachtAid Global, and now also has its own purpose-built vessel, the MV Dawn , that can swiftly transport dozens of doctors and aid workers, alongside life-saving supplies.
While Pathfinder 1 can carry about four tons of cargo in addition to its crew, water ballast and fuel, future humanitarian airships will need much larger capacities. They will also likely use zero-carbon technologies like hydrogen fuel cells for power, said Hilenski. That will involve a long, slow slog to validate the new technologies and to demonstrate, to the FAA and paying customers, that a new generation of super-large airships can match the generally excellent safety and reliability record of today’s commercial jets.
“What excites me about what we’ve done so far is that we’ve shown to ourselves, and we hope to show to the rest of the world, that we can scale in size and productivity,” said Weston. “And I believe in our potential to scale up again in the future.”
The FAA’s experimental certificate for the Pathfinder 1 expires in September 2024.