South Florida airfares may skyrocket: Did airlines become abusive cartels?

How the airlines became abusive cartels
As we approach the one-year anniversary of United Airlines violently dragging off a passenger, Dr. Dao, there hasn’t been much reform in the system that rewards flyers for voluntarily giving up seats – even though some airlines have authorized payments of nearly $11,000 to entice passengers to give up seats on overbooked flights.

After last week’s announcement that WOW Air will “pause” its Miami service, it got us worrying about a few things – the first being a spike in airfares to and from MIA.

Secondly, if WOW can’t make South Florida work as a low-cost leisure destination from Europe, then what route can they make work?

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.