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  1. More than 7,300 flights affected by Trump travel ban

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    Mr Trump has acknowledged that his ban on travel from 26 European countries will have a “big impact”.

    Let's put some numbers to that.

    Last March, almost a third of America’s overseas visitors - about 850,000 people - came from European countries affected by the ban. They spent about $3.4bn, the US Travel Association estimates.

    The ban will cancel more than 7,300 flights from Europe to the US, or more than 2 million seats, with Germany and France accounting for the largest numbers, according to analysis by Cirium.

    No wonder airline shares were slammed on Thursday and countries such as France were offering government assistance.

    Delta Air Lines and United – which Cirium said have the most affected flights - both saw shares drop more than 14%.

    Airlines were bracing for a more than $100bn hit even before this ban. But the ramifications extend well beyond the industry.

    Travel drives more than 10% of the global economy, accounting for 1 in 10 jobs worldwide, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council. In recent years it has been among the fastest growing sectors.

    So if it’s hurting, others will too.

  2. United Airlines to cut capacity by a fifth in May

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    US carrier United Airlines has said expects to cut the number of seats available on its flights by at least 20% in May due to the effects of coronavirus.

    It will cancel flights on a rolling 90-day basis until there are signs of recovery.

    The US airline also withdrew its guidance on how it thinks the business will do in the first quarter.

  3. United Airlines changes top team

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    United Airlines has announced changes at the top.

    Chief executive Oscar Munoz is to become executive chairman from the annual meeting on 20 May 2020 while the chief executive role will be filled by insider Scott Kirby.

    The current chair Jane Garvey will leave the board at that time

  4. Fresh blow to Boeing as Airbus clinches a new order

    Airbus plane

    US carrier United Airlines has ordered 50 passenger jets from Airbus.

    The deal marks a fresh blow to rival Boeing as the American aviation giant's 737 Max planes remain grounded around the world after two deadly crashes that killed 346 people.

    The A321XLR aircraft, with a total list value of around $6.5bn, will serve as replacements for United's existing fleet of ageing Boeing planes.

  5. United Airlines shares slide

    A United Airlines Boeing 777 passenger aircraft taxis at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado

    Shares in United Airlines are on the way down despite the carrier reporting a bigger-than-expected increase in second-quarter profit.

    This was driven by strong air travel demand and the ability to charge more for seats after the grounding of Boeing 737 MAX reduced capacity.

    The three US airlines that operate the MAX - United, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines - are cancelling thousands of flights each month since a worldwide grounding in March following crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed 346 people.

    United Airlines reported net income of $1.05bn in the second quarter, up 54% from the same period in 2018.

    Company results showed total passenger revenue increased 6.1% versus the second quarter of 2018.

    The firm also lifted its profit outlook for 2019.

    But shares fell 0.8%. Earnings per share growth for the year is expected to be slower than in 2018 due to the Max grounding and closed Pakistani air space, which led to United to cutting its 2019 capacity growth target for a second time this year.

  6. US airlines report service shutdowns

    Southwest, Delta, and United airlines took to Twitter this morning to apologise for system-wide outages.

    Southwest told fed-up passengers: "We're working through some technical difficulties".

    Delta had a similar message for tired travellers: "Our team is working diligently to get this resolved and hope to have you on your way shortly".

    United Airlines said: "It appears that we are experiencing an outage that is impacting our ability to create release paperwork".

    However it looks as if the situation may have been been resolved, though it's not clear how many flights have been delayed - or cancelled - because of the outage.

    Southwest just tweeted:

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