Mark Pilling, Editor of Airline Business and David Field, Americas Editor of Airline Business review this year's conference in San Diego. The general feeling was that open skies would be a smaller issue than expected, but it nonetheless got a lot of attention. Similarly, the fear factor associated with mergers among US airlines from only two weeks ago has abated.
But the industry still faces tremendous threats from rising fuel prices. Yet airports are watching closely for opportunities and any nuances from airlines. The consensus from airline panel discussions was somewhat downcast; and airports generally were more sanguine. There is not much they can do about oil, but they still will fight for traffic and service.