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06:56

TAP Air Portugal furloughs most of its staff

BildLISBON - Portugal`s flag carrier TAP Air Portugal will temporarily lay off around 90% of its employees because of the coronavirus crisis that led to a collapse in demand for travel, according to an email sent by the airline to staff on Tuesday and seen by Reuters.
COVID-19
06:42

JetBlue slashes New York schedule

NEW YORK - JetBlue Airways Corp plans to reduce daily flights from the four New York City-area airports where it operates to 60 from 205, and with likely further daily reductions to as few as 40, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
COVID-19
Yesterday, 13:28

British Airways suspends Gatwick operations

LONDON - British Airways said it is temporarily suspending flights from Gatwick Airport in southern England, Britain's second busiest airport, due to the coronavirus.
Airlines
Yesterday, 07:47

Heathrow gets tougher on night-time flights

LONDON - Heathrow has announced that this year, tougher charges will be applied to all flights that arrive and depart within the Night Quota Period from 23:30 to 06:00. The charges will disincentivise activity between the identified hours.
COVID-19
Yesterday, 07:11

UK cabin crews swap aircraft aisles for hospitals

BildLONDON - Britain`s temporary hospitals are seeking volunteers from airlines, calling on cabin crew members who are currently grounded to use their first-aid skills and calm manner to help get the new Nightingale hospitals up and running. Britain is developing three hospitals from the scratch.
COVID-19
Yesterday, 07:04

Britain to spend 75 million getting citizens home

LONDON - Britain will spend up to 75 million pounds ($93 million) to get stranded passengers home, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Monday.
COVID-19
Yesterday, 06:59

Air New Zealand expects to downsize

BildSYDNEY - Major global airlines projected layoffs, furloughs and capacity cuts over the next few months, with Air New Zealand on Tuesday warning it expected staffing levels to be 30 percent lower than it is now, due to the coronavirus pandemic - and others applying for state aid.
COVID-19
2 days ago

U.S. Senate approves big rescue for struggling aviation sector

BildWASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate voted to give the U.S. aviation industry $58 billion in a coronavirus-rescue package, half in the form of grants to cover some 750,000 employees' paychecks, in a badly needed lifeline for an industry facing the worst travel downturn in history.
COVID-19
2 days ago

Easyjet might reconsider Airbus orders

BildLONDON - British budget airline Easyjet has grounded its fleet of 344 planes and has no clear idea when it might resume flights, it said on Monday, highlighting the strain on airlines trying to survive the coronavirus pandemic. The airline might cut back on its tally of outstanding plane orders.
COVID-19
2 days ago

Virgin Atlantic to ask for state aid

LONDON - UK-based airline Virgin Atlantic will ask the British government for a package of commercial loans and guarantees worth hundreds of millions of pounds, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
COVID-19
2 days ago

Saudia to offer UK repatriation flights

RIYADH - Saudi Arabian Airlines has agreed to operate exceptional commercial flights to allow British nationals and their families to return to the United Kingdom, according to a British embassy message sent by e-mail late on Friday.
COVID-19
2 days ago

Qatar Airways needs government support

BildDUBAI - IAG investor Qatar Airways will have to seek government support eventually, Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker told Reuters on Sunday, warning that the Middle East carrier could soon run out of the cash needed to continue flying. The airline maintained operations throughout the crisis.
#KuToo
3 days ago

Japan Airlines lets female crew ditch high heels

BildKUALA LUMPUR - Female flight attendants working for Japan Airlines will be allowed to wear trousers and abandon high heels next month, the company said on Thursday, after a feminist campaign took off. Japan Airlines is the the first to change its policy on dress code and footwear requirements.
COVID-19
4 days ago

Johnson says talks continue over support for airlines

BildLONDON - Britain is continuing talks with the aviation industry about how best to support the sector, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and pilots union Balpa said this week, reviving the prospect of a sector-specific support package that had seemed to be on hold only a few days earlier.
Airlines
5 days ago

Singapore Airlines bolsters its cash beyond Covid-19

BildSINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines said it had secured up to S$19 billion ($13 billion) of funding to help see it through the coronavirus crisis and expand afterward, in a sign of confidence travel demand will eventually return. It is the single biggest Covid-19 financing package announced by an airline.
Pilots union
5 days ago

Balpa criticises UK coronavirus job retention scheme

LONDON - The union representing British pilots has described the government`s scheme to retain jobs through the coronavirus outbreak as confusing, lacking detail and taking too long to help those who are being laid off now.
COVID-19
5 days ago

U.S. may take stakes in struggeling airlines

BildWASHINGTON - U.S. airlines are preparing to tap the government for up to $25 billion in grants to cover payroll in a sharp travel downturn triggered by the coronavirus, even after the government warned it may take stakes in exchange for bailout funds, people familiar with the matter said.
COVID-19
6 days ago

China orders sharp cuts in international flights

BildBEIJING - China has ordered airlines to sharply cut the number of flights in and out of the country out of concern that travellers from overseas could reignite the coronavirus outbreak that paralysed the country for two months. Arriving passengers will be subjected to a strict quarantine regime of 14 days.
COVID-19
6 days ago

Airbus reduces wing production for three weeks

BROUGHTON - Airbus is reducing the production of aircraft wings for three weeks as it slows operations to put in place extra health and safety measures due to the coronavirus pandemic, the planemaker said on Thursday.
COVID-19
6 days ago

Airlines cling on freight to earn some cash

BildLONDON - Delta Air Lines, Air New Zealand and Lufthansa are the latest passenger airlines to say they would offer cargo charter services on passenger planes to boost revenue as the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill to give its carriers $58 billion in aid, including payroll support.
COVID-19
7 days ago

London City airport to suspend operation

LONDON - Following a government announcement Monday night, London City airport will temporarily suspend all commercial and private flights.
Aerospace
7 days ago

Boeing mulls producing new 737 MAX by May

SEATTLE - Boeing plans to restart 737 MAX production by May, ending a months-long halt triggered by a safety ban on its best-selling jet after fatal crashes, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
COVID-19
7 days ago

SAA suspends domestic operations

JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) said on Tuesday it will suspend all its domestic flights from Friday to April 16 in support of the national lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
COVID-19
7 days ago

Britain to airlines: raise your own money first

BildLONDON - Britain has told airlines it will only consider stepping in to help them survive the coronavirus crisis once they have explored the possibility of raising capital from other sources including existing investors. Airlines shall tap "shareholders, lenders and the markets" before a possible bail out.
COVID-19
Older than 7 days

Airlines set to lose 250 billion dollars in revenue

PARIS - Global airlines urged governments on Tuesday to speed up bailouts to rescue the air transport industry as they doubled their estimate of 2020 revenue losses from the coronavirus crisis to more than $250 billion.
COVID-19
Older than 7 days

Ryanair suspends flights through May

BildDUBLIN - Ryanair on Tuesday said it does not expect to operate flights in April or May and has offered its aircraft to European governments for rescue or the essential movement of medicines and personal protective equipment. The airline will ground almost its entire fleet amid coronavirus outbreak.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

Alitalia to relaunch with much smaller fleet

BildMILAN - The Italian government plans to take control of loss-making carrier Alitalia in a month or so, creating a new company that will start off with a much smaller fleet, union sources said on Monday. The coronavirus effects see Alitalia`s cash reserves erode at an ever faster pace.
COVID-19
Older than 7 days

Singapore Airlines suspends nearly all flying

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines will cut capacity by 96%, ground almost its entire fleet and impose cost cuts affecting about 10,000 staff because of coronavirus travel curbs it described as the "greatest challenge" it ever faced.
COVID-19
Older than 7 days

U.S. lawmakers offer airlines bail out

BildWASHINGTON - This money comes with strings attached: Democratic U.S. lawmakers on Monday proposed giving struggling U.S. airlines and contractors $40 billion in cash grants that would not have to be paid back but require significant new environmental, labor and other conditions.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

Britain still working on airlines support package

LONDON - Britain is still working to develop a package of government support for its airlines, with the most likely outcome a range of measures to suit the carriers' different needs, the head of pilot union Balpa said on Monday.
Parking pain
Older than 7 days

Airlines and airports hunt for storage space

BildATLANTA - As airlines idle thousands of aircraft for which there are no passengers, they are hitting an unprecedented problem: finding a place to park them. Taxiways, maintenance hangars and even runways at major airports are being transformed into giant parking lots for more than 2,500 airliners.
Covid-19
Older than 7 days

Wizz Air could ground entire fleet if crisis deepens

BildBUDAPEST - Hungary-based Wizz Air warned on Monday that grounding its entire fleet remained a "distinct possibility" as global travel restrictions could make international flying for commercial purposes "untenable or impossible".
COVID-19
Older than 7 days

British pilots urge government to rescue airlines

BildLONDON - The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) has warned that UK airlines will be winding down this week and staff will be laid off before the Government support scheme is ready. Pilots suggest direct "state investment" for airlines to avoid a "collapse" of the industry in the UK.
COVID-19
Older than 7 days

Airbus resumes production in Spain and France

HAMBURG - Airbus confirmed on Sunday it would resume only partial aircraft production when its French and Spanish factories reopen on Monday after a four-day shutdown to tackle health concerns over the coronavirus.
COVID-19
Older than 7 days

UAE closes airports for passenger operations

BildABU DHABI - The UAE close their airports for nearly all passenger operations. Abu Dhabi`s Etihad Airways will survive the "unprecedented times" of the coronavirus epidemic, it`s chief executive said in a video released, a day after the industry`s largest body warned that Middle East airlines were in crisis.
COVID-19
Older than 7 days

Emirates suspends all passenger flights

BildDUBAI - Emirates, one of the world's biggest international airlines, will ground its entire passenger fleet this week and cut staff wages by as much as half because of the coronavirus and its impact on travel demand. The state-owned Dubai carrier had already announced the suspension of nearly 70% of its network.
Coronavirus
Older than 7 days

Norwegian Air gets lifeline but it may not be enough

BildOSLO - Norwegian Air may struggle to meet the tough conditions set by the government as part of its financial aid, raising fresh doubts about its liquidity as coronavirus inflicts more financial pain on the airline sector. Norway said it will back airlines with credit guarantees worth up to 6 billion Norwegian crowns ($537 million) to weather the crisis.
COVID-19
Older than 7 days

Easyjet to ground its fleet

LONDON - British low-cost airline easyJet said it would ground most of its aircraft from Tuesday in response to travel restrictions aimed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Coronavirus
Older than 7 days

Farnborough Airshow cancelled

PARIS - July's Farnborough Airshow has been cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis, two sources familiar with the plans said.
Coronavirus
Older than 7 days

BA pilots face unpaid leave

BildLONDON - British Airways pilots will be required to take two weeks' unpaid leave in both April and May while rival easyJet is reported to have asked staff to take three months' unpaid leave as the battered aviation sector frantically seeks to cut costs.
Coronavirus
Older than 7 days

China asks airlines to cut international flights

BildBEJING - China's aviation regulator has asked airlines to cut international flights and ordered some Beijing ones to be rerouted, as the country grapples with a rising number of imported coronavirus cases, especially in the capital.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

Connect Airways falls into liquidation

DUBLIN - Connect Airways is under administration following the collapse of Flybe, the "Irish Independent" reports.
COVID-19
Older than 7 days

Hong Kong Express suspends flights

HONG KONG - Airline HK Express, which Cathay Pacific Airways bought last year from Chinese conglomerate HNA Group, said on Friday it will suspend all flight operations from March 23 until April 30 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Strings attached
Older than 7 days

Governments offer financial lifelines to airlines

BildWASHINGTON - Shattered airlines were left counting the cost of government support as politicians in the United States and New Zealand set out conditions for bailouts needed to absorb the shock of coronavirus. Governments around the world take a "hard-nosed" approach to airline rescue.
Coronavirus
Older than 7 days

Emirates adapts fleet and staff size to crisis

BildDUBAI - Emirates is asking pilots and cabin crew to take unpaid leave and rival Qatar Airways laid off about 200 staff in Doha this week as the coronavirus outbreak hammers demand for travel. The airline mulls grounding most of its 115 Airbus A380 aircraft throughout the virus pandemic.
Coronavirus
Older than 7 days

Latin american carriers see bankruptcy pandemic risk

BildSANTIAGO DE CHILE - Latin American airlines need prompt government aid or many of them could go out of business as the global coronavirus outbreak forces widespread flight cancellations, the chief of regional airline association ALTA said on Tuesday.
Coronavirus outbreak
Older than 7 days

Ryanair to suspend flight operation

DUBLIN - Ryanair suspends operation amid current travel restrictions. The airline will ground "most if not all" flights by midnight, March 24th.
Coronavirus
Older than 7 days

British Airways mulls early Boeing 747-400 retirement

BildLONDON - Britain`s big airlines said this wee they would have to ground most of their fleets to survive the coronavirus crisis, with Easyjet and Virgin appealing for government bailouts to save the industry from collapse. BA mulls an early permanent retirement of parts of its fleet.
Coronavirus
Older than 7 days

Stricken airlines call for state aid to avert ruin

BildPARIS - Airlines demanded urgent tax relief to avoid multiple bankruptcies as coronavirus disruption continued its spread across the global industry on Tuesday. Major airlines have made drastic and unprecedented schedule cuts, bringing operation to a near halt as demand dries up.
Coronavirus
Older than 7 days

British Airways due to make pilot redundancies - union

LONDON - British Airways is due to make an unspecified number of pilots redundant according to UK pilot union BALPA, as the airline seeks to reduce its costs to try survive the coronavirus crisis.

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