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Technology, Not Economics, Is Keeping Delta Air Lines From Offering Free Wi-Fi

Delta Air Lines remains committed to offering free Wi-Fi in the not-too-distant future, but a two-week test on 55 domestic daily flights in May showed Gogo’s system is not ready for so much increased usage, CEO Ed Bastian said Wednesday at the Skift Global Forum in New York City.

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Bahamas Tourism Leaders Urge Travelers to Visit Islands Bypassed by Dorian

The Bahamas was on track for a record year of tourism before Hurricane Dorian hit. Now, the outlook for that vital sector is uncertain. Some of the best-known resorts in the 700-island chain, like Atlantis, Paradise Island, were unscathed by the monster storm. So was Nassau, the largest city. But 100 miles away, on Grand Bahama Island and the Abaco Islands, many smaller hotels, and vacation rentals were damaged or destroyed.

That leaves the Bahamas with a double challenge: convincing tourists to keep coming without trivializing the suffering on the affected islands.

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British Airways Is Back to Normal After Pilots Call Off Strike

British Airways will serve all its usual destinations next Friday after pilots called off a planned strike over pay. All customers originally booked to fly with the company that day will be able to do so, even if they have since claimed a refund, switched to other BA services or rebooked with another carrier, the unit of IAG SA said by email Friday.

The British Airline Pilots Association said Wednesday it was calling off the Sept. 27 action to avoid damaging the BA brand and encourage meaningful contract discussions.

The company was forced to scrap almost all flights during the first walkout by its pilots since 1979 earlier this month, upsetting travel for close to 200,000 people at a cost of 40 million pounds ($50 million) a day.

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Marriott signs to take Ritz-Carlton brand into Montenegro

Marriott International has announced the signing of a milestone agreement with Northstar to bring the Ritz-Carlton brand to Montenegro. Under the plan funded by Al Yasra, the Ritz-Carlton, Montenegro, and The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Montenegro are scheduled to bring the brand to the country in 2023.

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