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Monday Midday Must-Reads

-Now that U.S. airlines are allowed to fly regularly scheduled service to Cuba later this year, the airlines are trying to figure out how to operate in the country. In this Associated Press article, reporter Scott Mayerowitz went along with American Airlines as it assessed airports and met with government officials. “Airlines are racing to figure out how to offer the same streamlined service that is provided out of the U.S. Cuba’s airports lack self-serve check-in kiosks. The terminal currently used by U.S.-bound charter flights has a tiny departure lobby and overflowing baggage belts. And all the workers are government employees, leading airlines to question whether they will have a dedicated staff that can be trained in their policies and computer programs,” the article says.

-United Airlines hopes to reach a new contract with its 24,000 flight attendants that could finally result in combining the workers into one workgroup, the New York Times reports. “More than five years after United merged with Continental, the combined carrier’s 24,000 flight attendants are still operating as if the company were running two airlines. That disconnect has made scheduling crews and flight routes more complicated and has contributed to operational challenges, including flight delays,” according to the article.

-Airline stocks are down due to rising fears of terrorism, according to CNN. Stock prices at the major carriers have also been hurt by increased capacity and fuel prices. “Rising fuel prices have hurt them, even though some airlines have fuel hedges in place to mitigate the impact of volatility in the oil market,” the article says.