Nothing is ever certain in this life, but it’s a pretty good bet airfares won’t take off next year. Matter of fact, the American Express Global Business Travel Forecast 2016 (GBT) is predicting only a modest hike in the cost of airline tickets—depending on where you live and where you’re headed.In a prepared release the American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) says, “Led by favorable market conditions in North America and tempered growth in Asia, the airline industry will see slight pricing gains as increased demand is offset by similar growth in capacity partially spurred by lower fuel costs.”What’s this mean for you and your (or your company’s) pocketbook? Here’s the region-by-region rundown:North America. Short-haul business class tickets are predicted to increase .4% to 2.4% next year; long-haul business class by .4% to 2.9%. GBT forecasts a .7% to 2.7% hike in long-haul economy airfares. But the best news of the bunch is the projected cost of a short-haul economy ticket. GBT believes it will fall by as much as 1.5%, and rise no more than 1.1%. Latin America. If you’re bound to, or intend to fly within, Latin America be prepared to reap the benefits of what American Express Global Business Travel labels “economic headwinds.” They’re expected to drive down the prices across the board, but especially in economy class. The forecast predicts short-haul business class will rates will fall by 3.5% to .5%; long-haul business class seats could sell for 3% less than they did. Back behind the curtain, short-haul economy class is predicted to plummet by as much as a full 4% to a more modest .5%; long-haul economy class accommodations should drop 1% to 4%. Europe and the Middle East. 2016 European airfares are predicted to remain relatively stable—that’s if you book a seat in the back. “Premium cabin costs,” says GBT, are “the exception.” Overall, “continued pressure from both LCCs (low-cost carriers) and the Gulf Carriers “will place strong downward pressure on fares throughout Europe, particularly on short- and long-haul routes to Asia.”In the Middle East itself expect rapid capacity growth by Gulf Carriers and a persistent, lingering weakness in the region’s petro-pegged economy to “generally push… prices lower.” In Europe, short-haul business class is projected to fall as much as 1% and not to rise more than 2%. No such luck with long-haul business class. GBT says those airfares should rise between 1% and 3%. Short-haul economy passengers should pay between 2% less to 1% more for a seat, while long-haul economy looks to be as much as 3% less expensive.Middle East airline short-haul business class seats aren’t cheap. They’ll cost you 2% to 5% more; long-haul business class in the region should run 1% to 3% more. GBT envisions short-haul economy in the Middle East increasing by between 2% and 3%. Long-haul economy should rise no more than 1%. Asia-Pacific. Look for domestic economy airfares to show the most robust price increases in the region. This will be especially true in China, where the burgeoning middle class is making its mark, and loves to travel. Domestic Asia-Pacific business class airfares should increase between 1% and 2.8% according to American Express. International business class looks to post a .6% to 2.6% gain, while intra-APAC business class tickets might rise as much as 2%. Domestic economy fares are predicted to increase 2% to 3.5%, international economy seats 1% to 2.7% and intra-APAC seat prices between .5% and 2%.So blow the winds of change in the year to come—modestly to moderately. Pack accordingly.
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Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Mourinho masterclass puts Kane-less Tottenham in their place Goal 21:48 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Stats Spurs suffered from a lack of penetration as the trademark efficiency of the hosts came good in the end Jose Mourinho is keeping Manchester United in the Premier League title race, albeit by playing in a very different style to leaders Manchester City, who have made the greatest start ever to a campaign since the English top flight adopted its current format.While the Etihad side are winning matches amid regular flurries of goals, the Red Devils are a side that thrive under the Portuguese manager’s pragmatism. They recently stifled Liverpool and on Saturday defeated in-form Tottenham 1-0 at Old Trafford.It took a goal from Anthony Martial less than 10 minutes from time to decide the match, though that is typical of a team that has excelled in the closing stages of games this term. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Although Spurs, who were branded ‘the Harry Kane team’ by Pep Guardiola, were without their leading attraction, they were still thought to pose United a major challenge. Mourinho certainly respected them and made the match as tight as possible in order to quell their opponents’ threat.The London side might have edged the hosts in many of the key statistics – they had more possession, completed passes and shots on target – but they were not the team that have blown other sides away so often this term.Much of this was due to the Portuguese manager’s organisation, which helped United keep a fifth successive home clean sheet at the start of the season. Indeed, the visitors spent a good amount of time in the Manchester United half. A quarter of their possession came in that area, although United did have 29% in the equivalent statistic at the other end. Spurs offered a balanced approach to their attacking play, probing equally down either flank and only slightly less in the middle. They had little joy with any approach as they managed only four shots on target and nine in total – three of which were from hopelessly ambitious distance. By contrast, United had fewer efforts but were able to make one count in typically timely fashion. Interestingly, much of their attacking threat came from the left of the pitch, with Marcus Rashford able to drift into that area on a regular basis and it was from that area that Martial got the winner.So, while this was hardly sparkling for the home team, it was efficient and good enough to keep them within realistic striking distance of their neighbours. Ultimately, that is all Mourinho will be concerned with.All stats featured in the article came courtesy of the Goal+ app, exclusive to Samsung devices. Download the most cutting edge football app now!