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Air4casts has been producing expert analysis alongside our core data provision for more than a decade.
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With the largest databases of this kind in the sector, updated daily, we have a unique opportunity to bring up-to-the-minute insights on every aspect of air travel.

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Newscast aims to be the first stop for anyone looking for on the pulse commentary and analysis and to be there for anyone with an interest in travel data.

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Hainan October Recovery Challenge
  The Chinese holiday season means that, today, Air4casts is able to report on two weeks of air passenger traffic data from .....
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Forecast Update October 2021
The Major Change: Europe The European recovery is now well under way and the changes in this forecast set, compared with that developed just a mont.....
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Fact Check
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The Risks of Using Inflated Travel Data
Today’s Air4casts Recovery Briefing video looks at the importance of the weekly and monthly passenger actuals that come direct from the airp.....
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Covid Plays Havoc with Airport Rankings
Today’s Air4casts bulletin assesses the July air passenger performance of the world’s two largest economies. All data comes direct from.....
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Asia/Pacific Travel Outlook
Today's Air4casts Recovery Briefing video looks at the Asia/Pacific region. Jane Robinson presents the latest data from Hainan Island, includin.....
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The Hainan Misconception
It is sometimes assumed by Travel Retail executives that the bulk of visitors to Hainan Island arrive by air. This is a misconception.   Hain.....
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The Coronavirus and International Air Travel
Today’s Air4casts analysis examines the possible impact of the Coronavirus using the evidence of the effects of previous and similar viral o.....
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Traffic
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Forecast Update October 2021
The Major Change: Europe The European recovery is now well under way and the changes in this forecast set, compared with that developed just a mont.....
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Europe’s Holiday Airports Shine in August
With over 600 airports already reporting their August PAX data, today’s Air4casts’ bulletin looks at the progress being made at European h.....
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Global June/July Growth Hits 44%
Today’s Air4casts bulletin examines the July on June international air passenger growth in the context of the seasonal uplift over each of the p.....
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Haikou Meilan Update
This week’s Hainan report has been updated with the Haikou Meilan airport passenger data for the week ended Wednesday 18 August 2021.  .....
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Rapidly Accelerating Improvement in International Travel
With 250 airports already on the Air4casts system with their full July PAX numbers, today’s Air4casts bulletin looks at the rapidly accelera.....
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Latest August Forecast Update
The latest monthly forecasts for airports, terminals, nationalities, routes and airlines have today been uploaded to client sites. Read on for the.....
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Spain and Turkey Lead Summer Rebound
Yesterday’s international flight departure data confirms, if confirmation is required, the strength of the European recovery. It is, .....
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Forecast Revisions; July Update to 2025
There are brighter spots in the international sector. There is also continued development in domestic travel but there are, without doubt, at leas.....
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Brightening Skies for May Internationals
International airports declaring for June, and today there are 161 of them, are indicating departures and arrivals up 23% on last month: While .....
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Top Departure Terminals in June
Air4casts examines the top terminals in June for both international and domestic passenger departures. Throughout the pandemic there have b.....
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Domestic Passenger Forecast; June Update
Air4casts examines the top terminals in June for both international and domestic passenger departures. Throughout the pandemic there have b.....
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April Actuals Encouragingly Ahead of March
Almost 550 airports from around the world have reported their latest actuals for the month of April.   In the key Trave.....
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US Internationals Strongly Ahead in April
  The 162 US airports reporting their April international traffic numbers are showing an increase in numbers of almost 18% points compared wit.....
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March Latest Actuals
Air4casts has, to date, recorded March passenger actuals from 550 airports around the world which, for the moment is dominated by China whose mass.....
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March Internationals on the Up
Today’s Air4casts bulletin looks at March international departures from the world’s largest airports. Airport actuals are uploa.....
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Americans Flock to Cancun in March
While the international air travel markets of Asia/Pacific and Europe continued to struggle last month, American citizens increased their March ov.....
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The December Spurt and its Significance for 2021
While Q1 of this year will be, in all but a very few areas disappointing to say the least, the December record for international air passengers of.....
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Chinese Airports Turn the Rankings Tables
Updated today with new results from China, this Air4casts bulletin analyses the global airport passenger traffic rankings for the first ten months.....
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Covid-19: Travel Restrictions are Largely Ineffective
It is perhaps a little unlikely that many subscribers will be attentive readers of the “Lancet”: the world’ leading medical jour.....
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Good News from the USA
From the 150 airports who have already declared their international passenger data for the month of November there is: ✓  undoubtedl.....
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Air Travel Trends in 2021
The answers to just two simple questions will say it all: ✓ how strong will any recovery be next year and ✓ under what condition.....
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Middle East October Latest: Strong Growth
Internationals in October: flight data which is available for the first three weeks of the month, indicates a 22% point September to October increase .....
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Asia/Pacific - Good News from India in the October Internationals
Daily international flight departures for the first two weeks in October show really encouraging increases for India:   ✓  for the mon.....
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US International Air Departures on the Rise Again
September international air passenger traffic from every US airport is now available to Air4casts and it is showing the lowest rate of decline since t.....
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Covid Plays Havoc with Airport Rankings
Today’s Air4casts bulletin assesses the July air passenger performance of the world’s two largest economies. All data comes direct from.....
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Europe in September
A slowdown is entirely to be expected as passenger numbers signal the end of the summer season. In a normal year the movement from August t.....
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The Hainan Misconception
It is sometimes assumed by Travel Retail executives that the bulk of visitors to Hainan Island arrive by air. This is a misconception.   Hain.....
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Last Week: European Recovery Continues
Based on the total number of flights for airports in Europe for the week ending Friday last, the 21st August: ✓ departures and arrivals had recov.....
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July Internationals; Top 10 Reporting Airports
July’s top ten international PAX performers are, without exception, European for the reasons that: ✓  there is a recovery of sorts get.....
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July Passenger Actuals Double in a Month
July passenger actuals for 288 airports, covering both international and domestic passenger flows, are now available on the Air4casts’ servers.....
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Hainan: Impressive July Performance
With Hainan Island’s duty free shopping spend in the first week of July reaching USD 64 million, Air4casts examines the latest July travel trend.....
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Recovery Forecasts; The European Summer Season
With governments working hard to establish safe air corridors to allow tourists to travel to their summer destinations, and with Ryanair announcing a .....
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China International Recovery Setback
In response to announcements by national airlines that they intended a rapid return to fuller international schedules, the Chinese Civil Aviation Auth.....
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China Daily; May Data Confirms the Recovery
The latest passenger numbers, for 12 May and principally domestic passengers, show that the recovery is continuing even after the excitement of the ho.....
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China Recovery Watch; May Day Holiday Air Travel Performance
Daily travel data just released from the Chinese government pinpoints what actually happened over the May Day holiday period.   The focus is .....
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South Korea in April: A Single Bright Spot
Airport passenger actuals for the period ending 28 April do not yet quite complete the month but they are a sufficient indicator of the present state .....
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China Recovery Watch; May Day Recovery Good News
Data just released by Ctrip confirms the expected/hoped for boost in travel demand.   It goes without saying that the continuing limita.....
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March Airport Actuals: Domestic Focus
It is all too evident that, for international passenger numbers at least, the March actuals are simply one step away from an April which is as close t.....
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South Korean Domestic Market in April
There is life still in the important South Korean domestic/leisure market.   Battered certainly by the ramifications of Coronavirus and.....
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Coronavirus Airport Rankings
The Air4casts Coronavirus module updates the 2020 monthly forecasts by airport and nationality every day to take into account each new hard piece of d.....
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COVID-19; Today’s Airport Passenger Updates
Today’s Coronavirus briefing focuses on two crucial crisis data strands ✓ hard February airport passenger data and ✓ the Chine.....
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The Coronavirus and International Air Travel
Today’s Air4casts analysis examines the possible impact of the Coronavirus using the evidence of the effects of previous and similar viral o.....
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Chinese New Year Travel - What a Difference a Year Makes
Today’s Air4casts analysis covers the fastest growing foreign terminals for Chinese air travellers over the peak 15 day New Year holiday per.....
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Mixed Chinese Travel Messages in the Final Quarter of 2019
  Today's client exclusive analysis focuses on the striking Chinese destination performance extremes now in evidence for the final.....
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Routes
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Air4casts Launches the China Domestic Module
Have you tried our new ChinaDomestic module? The new ChinaDomestic module has been developed by Air4casts in response to the need for fast and accu.....
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Top Departure Terminals in June
Air4casts examines the top terminals in June for both international and domestic passenger departures. Throughout the pandemic there have b.....
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March Forecast Update
The revised passenger forecasts, uploaded to subscribers’ websites today, represent no more than a  modest change on the outlook develo.....
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Year of the Ox - the Year China Stayed Home
The power of China’s authorities to control mass movement over the Spring Festival period is vividly illustrated by the Ministry of Transpor.....
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Middle East October Latest: Strong Growth
Internationals in October: flight data which is available for the first three weeks of the month, indicates a 22% point September to October increase .....
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August Air Traffic
Today's Air4casts bulletin reports on some good news for international air travel in August and early September. The data comes directly from the .....
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Tracking Daily Air Traveller Numbers in the USA
Today's Chart of the Day from Air4casts examines the daily air passenger count across US airports. Passenger departures are running at a significa.....
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Eurotunnel Rapidly Improves Performance
Today's Chart of the Day from Air4casts examines the latest monthly passenger vehicle statistics from Eurotunnel. They show a rapid return to leve.....
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Holiday Destinations Boost Recovery
Daily flight numbers for this week indicate a strengthening of the recovery which has been slow to get under way.   There are “high&rdq.....
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Hainan: Impressive July Performance
With Hainan Island’s duty free shopping spend in the first week of July reaching USD 64 million, Air4casts examines the latest July travel trend.....
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USA Independence Day Travel Down 80%
Daily air passenger numbers from the USA show a significantly less rosy reality than forward bookings suggested in the run-up to the vacation. &nbs.....
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April US Air PAX Obliterated by Coronavirus
Air4casts is the only data supplier in Travel Retail to receive the fast track monthly international passenger numbers directly from the US government.....
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China Domestic Recovery Underway
With most of the world’s international air network now in lockdown, latest April forecast is -92% after Turkey and Russia stopped international .....
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Coronavirus and the Chinese Traveller Forecast
Air4casts has today revised its China passenger forecasts for the month of February based on the scantest of hard data.   In summar.....
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Current Affairs
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Latest September Forecast Update
The latest September forecasts have today been uploaded to client sites.   Ryanair, for the month of October, is forecasting to sel.....
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The Weekly China Report
This week’s Hainan report has been updated with the latest weekly Haikou Meilan airport passenger data for the week ended Wednesday 21 July .....
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Latest Forecast Review
The latest forecasts for over 1500 airports have today been uploaded to client websites. This briefing examines the latest outlook by region. &.....
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Chinese Air PAX up 745% in 15 Days
What a difference two weeks makes. On 12th February China’s airports handled just 162 thousand passengers, a decrease of 90% points on the l.....
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Will Vaccinations Hold the Key?
Hard to argue that they will not but harder still to predict the sorts of release mechanisms which will exist and where. It is quite possib.....
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The Risks of Using Inflated Travel Data
Today’s Air4casts Recovery Briefing video looks at the importance of the weekly and monthly passenger actuals that come direct from the airp.....
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Air Travel Trends in 2021
The answers to just two simple questions will say it all: ✓ how strong will any recovery be next year and ✓ under what condition.....
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US International Air Departures on the Rise Again
September international air passenger traffic from every US airport is now available to Air4casts and it is showing the lowest rate of decline since t.....
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US August Internationals Up 24% on July
The US August data set is a substantial 159 international airports.   It indicates that the recovery which was well under way in July has now.....
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Tracking Daily Air Traveller Numbers in the USA
Today's Chart of the Day from Air4casts examines the daily air passenger count across US airports. Passenger departures are running at a significa.....
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China International Recovery Setback
In response to announcements by national airlines that they intended a rapid return to fuller international schedules, the Chinese Civil Aviation Auth.....
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China Daily; May Data Confirms the Recovery
The latest passenger numbers, for 12 May and principally domestic passengers, show that the recovery is continuing even after the excitement of the ho.....
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South Korea in April: A Single Bright Spot
Airport passenger actuals for the period ending 28 April do not yet quite complete the month but they are a sufficient indicator of the present state .....
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March Airport Actuals: Domestic Focus
It is all too evident that, for international passenger numbers at least, the March actuals are simply one step away from an April which is as close t.....
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China Recovery Watching
Today's Air4casts bulletin analyses the domestic and international March airport passenger counts from China's top airports.   .....
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China Domestic Recovery Watch; Hotel Occupancy
Hotel occupancy rates are one of the best available weekly indicators of any recovery in Chinese domestic travel and this summary provides an invaluab.....
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COVID-19; Today’s Airport Passenger Updates
Today’s Coronavirus briefing focuses on two crucial crisis data strands ✓ hard February airport passenger data and ✓ the Chine.....
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COVID-19 Spread; Implications for Travel Retail
There are today over 60 thousand confirmed cases worldwide which must necessarily prompt questions about the rate of spread in the coming days and abo.....
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Travelling Nationalities
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Almost 70% of Europeans plan to travel by the end of January 2022
This latest consumer survey of 6000 respondents highlights the strength of demand for both domestic and intra-regional travel in Europe.   .....
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Chinese Outbound Travel Timeline
With China's international outbound air travel continuing to be at a standstill, today's Air4casts Chart of the Day pinpoints the key governme.....
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Alcohol Sales Increase by 87% Points
Retail sales in July demonstrated excellent yoy growth. Sales of Alcohol and Tobacco increased 87% points compared with July 2020 and mobile phone.....
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China Domestic Air Travel Fragility
In a vivid example of the fragility of China’s domestic air travel recovery, Hainan Island’s largest airport last week slumped 70% in .....
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Spain and Turkey Lead Summer Rebound
Yesterday’s international flight departure data confirms, if confirmation is required, the strength of the European recovery. It is, .....
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March Latest Actuals
Air4casts has, to date, recorded March passenger actuals from 550 airports around the world which, for the moment is dominated by China whose mass.....
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March Internationals on the Up
Today’s Air4casts bulletin looks at March international departures from the world’s largest airports. Airport actuals are uploa.....
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Summer in Europe: The Retailers to Watch
    Because anecdotal evidence of moves towards liberalisation of travel in Europe is growing daily, the question arises: which of the .....
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Covid-19; the Second Wave and Travel Retail
While not entirely a European phenomenon, it is evident also in the USA, in some countries of Latin America and now in South Korea, the second wav.....
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Hainan and Its Best Seven Days
Hainan Island’s largest airport, Haikou Meilan, last week had its best 7 days since the start of the pandemic. These latest weekly passenger num.....
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Europe in September
A slowdown is entirely to be expected as passenger numbers signal the end of the summer season. In a normal year the movement from August t.....
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Hainan Island Breaks Post Pandemic Records
On Thursday last we reported the good news that Hainan’s travel numbers were progressing steadily week on week. Today's bulletin goes fur.....
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USA Independence Day Travel Down 80%
Daily air passenger numbers from the USA show a significantly less rosy reality than forward bookings suggested in the run-up to the vacation. .....
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Domestic Air Travel Leads the Way in May
With the global air travel recovery inching forward at a snail’s pace day by day, Air4casts examines a strange new world where the domestic reco.....
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