Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 18

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Air travel is nearly back to normal—at least for this Memorial Day weekend in the United States.

Data released by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) indicates that some 2.6 million passengers were screened on Thursday, which is the highest number since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This translates into more than 51,000 flights on Thursday alone, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). An updated tweet from the FAA said that the final figure for Thursday came in at 54,684 flights. Despite fears, flight delays and cancellations were less than 1% said the FAA.

In fact, TMI’s lead story for this issue reports on the recovery of long-haul air travel – one of the last segments to pick up post-pandemic. And, according to reports by OAG and Cirium, it is transatlantic travel leading the way, particularly between New York and London. See details on pages 1 & 2. 

Taking another look at the recovery figures, Cirium reports on the leading airport hubs in the U.S: Delta Airlines #1 at ATL; American Airlines #2 at DFW, and #3 at Charlotte. See which airlines are adding to their hubs or moving away, in story on page 2.

In more positive recovery news, San Francisco International Airport has reached a post-pandemic record. Page 2.


Both the International Association of Airport & Duty Free Stores and Canada’s Frontier Duty Free Association have elected new Boards and officers.

Congratulations to Rene Riedi of Dufry, who returns for another term as Chairman of the IAADFS Board; and congratulations to Tania Lee, of Blue Water Bridge Duty Free, who was re-elected for another term as president of the FDFA.

See more results on page 1.


Korean Air partners with JFK’s New Terminal One. Read more about the massive new project underway at JF Kennedy International Airport on page 3.

American Airlines and Dallas-Fort Worth Airport sign a new 10-year Lease agreement to prepare for future growth. Page 3.


MSC’s Head of Retail Adrian Pittaway promises “a new level of retail” onboard the cruise company’s flagship MSC Euribia, with the largest shopping area at sea, including an innovative Luxury Plaza. Page 4.


MONARQ Group partners with non-alcoholic relaxation drink specialist Recess for distribution in Carib-LATAM region and USDF. Page 5.

Diageo Global Travel introduces new reusable city bags for Johnnie Walker.

Page 5. 

Remy Cointreau promotes Fida Bou Chabke to CEO of Global Travel Retail.

Page 5.