Spirit Airlines Finds Even Cheap Fares Can’t Help Fill Airplanes

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Spirit Airlines is finding it tough to stimulate demand in this environment. Pictured is one of the airline’s Airbus jets. Spirit Airlines

Skift Take: Spirit Airlines executives suspect their airline is well-positioned to win in a recovery. They’re probably right, since low-cost options often thrive during a recession. But Spirit has to withstand the crisis first.

— Brian Sumers

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Hilton’s Recovery Won’t Depend on People Flying Again: CEO

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The hotel industry can significantly recover without the airline industry, Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta said on a first quarter earnings call Thursday. Farragutful / Wikimedia

Skift Take: Airlines may lag hotels in their recovery timeline, but both industries need more coronavirus testing and treatments to have a shot at returning to peak performance levels.

— Cameron Sperance

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Out-Of-Work Elephants in Thailand’s Tourism Sector Return Home to Wait Out Crisis

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A herd of 11 elephants walk with guides during a 150-kilometer journey from Mae Wang to Ban Huay in northern Thailand. Save Elephant Foundation are helping elephants who have lost their jobs at sanctuary parks due to the lack of tourists from the coronavirus pandemic to return home to their natural habitats. Save Elephant Foundation / Associated Press

Skift Take: Coronavirus unemployment is also exacting a toll on elephants working in Thailand’s tourism sector, but returning to their owners’ home villages would be a stop-gap measure unless more sustainable ways are found to maintain their daily upkeep.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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Tours and Attractions Pursue New Hygiene Regimes to Coronavirus Recovery

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The coronavirus pandemic is forcing tour operators and attractions to heighten their health and sanitation protocols. Miniloc / Adobe

Skift Take: Tourism is now having its OCD moment in the face of the coronavirus. Will new sanitation protocols in the tourism sector buy peace of mind for travelers post-pandemic or usher in a new age of travel anxiety?

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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