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COVID-19

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a virus closely related to the SARS virus. 

[Coronavirus] Austrian Airlines operates longest flight ever to repatriate fellow countrymen

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On Sunday 29 March, an Austrian Airlines Boeing 777 (OE-LPD) departed from Vienna, Austria destination Sydney, Australia. The triple-7 will fly the 16,000 km...

[Coronavirus] Extra plane parking on the Aalsmeerbaan 18L-36R runway of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

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Schiphol will soon be using the Aalsmeerbaan runway (18L-36R) as an aircraft parking lot, rather than as a runway for flights. That means that...

[Photos][Coronavirus] airBaltic carries face masks and respirators to Latvia onboard an Airbus A220

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After a request from National Health Service of the Republic of Latvia this weekend, airBaltic performed a special cargo flight to and from Ürümqi...

Qantas retires the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet

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Qantas last ever 747 flight landed in Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport on Sunday 29 March 2020, with the fleet being retired immediately, instead of...

KLM operates its final Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet passenger flight

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After nearly fifty years, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will operate its final Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet passenger flight on Sunday 29 March 2020. Flight KL686...

Air Antwerp intends to resume service between Antwerp and London City on 4 May

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Further to the decisions of the Belgian National Security Council of 27 March extending the confinement measures in Belgium until 19 April, but possibly...

Airbus flies A330MRTT to China to get face mask supplies to support Europe’s fight against COVID-19

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Airbus has deployed a new air-bridge flight between Europe and China to deliver additional face mask supplies to France, Germany, Spain and the United...

[Coronavirus] A picture is worth a thousand words (part five): British Airways

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Like any other passenger airline, British Airways was forced to reduce flights amid travel restrictions and a huge drop in demand as a result...

[Coronavirus] Boeing assists with COVID-19 recovery and relief efforts

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Boeing continues to support our communities and the heroic healthcare professionals working tirelessly to stop the COVID-19 virus. We’re taking additional steps to support...

European airlines revenue losses mount – Urgent Government support required, says IATA

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) strengthened its call for urgent action from European governments to provide financial relief to airlines. The latest IATA...

IATA welcomes EC efforts to keep air cargo flowing

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IATA welcomed the European Commission’s (EC) Guidelines on Facilitating Air Cargo Operations During COVID-19 Outbreak. Ensuring smooth air cargo shipments is crucial. With the evaporation...

[Coronavirus] A4E welcomes European Parliament and Council’s decision to extend temporary airport slots waiver through 24 Oct. 

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Europe’s airlines need additional government support measures to manage unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. A4E fully welcomes today’s decisive action by members of the European Parliament --...

[Coronavirus] Berlin Airport company applies for short-time allowance – Employees to receive at least 80% of net pay

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Within just a few weeks, the corona crisis has led to a collapse of over 90 percent of flight operations in the capital region....

[Coronavirus] European Commission issues guidance to ensure essential freight keeps moving by air

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The European Commission calls on EU Member States to support air cargo operations during the coronavirus crisis. The new guidance recommends operational and organisational steps to...

[Coronavirus] South African Airways temporarily suspends all commercial operations until 16 April

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After careful consideration and to be consistent with South Africa’s countrywide 21-day lock-down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, South African Airways and its...

[Coronavirus] A picture is worth a thousand words (part four): Brussels Airport based airlines

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Following the measures imposed by different authorities, such as the negative travel advice of the Belgian authorities and the national authorities in Europe and...

Emirates SkyCargo reinforces commitment to facilitate global movement of goods

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Full utilisation of freighter fleet for scheduled, ad-hoc and charter operations across six continents Road feeder service also facilitating the transport of goods...

[Coronavirus] Lufthansa and Eurowings introduce further physical distancing measures

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Neighbouring seat blocked on all flights from Germany  Arrivals and departures only at gate positions in Germany where possible  New measures coordinated between...

[Coronavirus] Paris Beauvais Airport closes with immediate effect

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On 26 March, Paris Beauvais-Tillé Airport closes with immediate effect on this day until further notice. Due to COVID-19 outbreak, the airport of Paris Beauvais...

[Coronavirus] AirAsia Group temporarily grounds fleet

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AirAsia Group will ground most of its fleet after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to extensive and increasing border restrictions imposed by various...