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. 

SAS traffic figures August 2020: -74%

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The total number of passengers and capacity in August decreased by 74% and 73% respectively, versus the same period last year. However, August also...

European Commission proposes a common approach (with a common colour code) to travel measures

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On 4 September, the Commission has adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation to ensure that any measures taken by Member States that restrict free movement...

[Analysis] European airlines outlook: travel slump, extra debt test sector’s poor cash-generating capacity

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Government support has helped large European network carriers avert a liquidity crisis, with air traffic to fall at least 50% in 2020. Deleveraging after...

Emirates returns AED 5 billion (€1.2 billion) to customers in refunds

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Airline makes solid progress on customer promise with 90% of refunds backlog cleared Empowers trade partners to accelerate refund processing Emirates reveals that is...

Tegel Airport needed until BER is commissioned; stays open until 8 November 2020

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After the global Covid-19 pandemic brought air traffic to a virtual standstill for a good ten weeks, there are now clear signs of an...

Brussels Airlines to use only 23% of pre-Covid capacity in September instead of 40% because of restrictions

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In interviews on Saturday to L'Echo and La Libre Belgique, Brussels Airlines CEO Dieter Vranckx said he hoped to reach 40% of the airline's...

Brussels Airlines accelerates the process to resolve refund backlog

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COVID-19 pandemic caused unprecedented volumes of refund request 31% of refund requests filed so far have been processed Pending refund requests expected to...

Sanicole Airshow goes digital for 2020

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Sanicole Airshow goes digital for 2020 Grab your favourite seat and tune in for a great digital show. Enjoy the show from Home with your...

Australian Government extends travel restrictions by another three months

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The Australian Government will extend the human biosecurity emergency period under the Biosecurity Act 2015, Australian Minister for Health Greg Hunt announced. The Minister...

Ryanair August traffic falls 53% to 7 million passengers, Wizz Air traffic down 41% to 2.3 million

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Covid-19 restrictions still impact traffic Ryanair Holdings plc today (2 Sept) released August traffic statistics as follows:  2019 2020      Growth Ryanair Group  14.9m 7.0m -53% Rolling Annual 149.2m   88.9m  (91% LF) -40%   Ryanair operated approx....

[Photo-Report] Pop-up Expo ‘We Make Difference’ : Behind the scenes of the Belgian Air Force

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Pop-up Expo 'We Make Difference' Behind the scenes of the Air Force of today and tomorrow During the summer holidays, from July 6th to August 31st,...

Smartwings and CSA Czech Airlines file for protection against creditors – Flights continue

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Smartwings and Czech Airlines are temporarily utilising the newly introduced extraordinary moratorium to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and to achieve a...

Passengers may disinfect their personal belongings using UV-C light at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

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In addition to the existing coronavirus measures, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has three new disinfection locations, at which passengers may also disinfect their personal belongings...

Covid-19 causes EUR 185 million consolidated loss for airBaltic in the first half of 2020

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  As a result of the Coronavirus crisis, revenue and the number of passengers carried by the Latvian airline airBaltic has significantly decreased, and according to airBaltic's unaudited...

American Airlines will furlough 19,000 employees in October, unless it gets more aid

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American Airlines would lay off 19,000 workers in October if it did not receive new aid, the airline said in a memo to staff...

No more rebooking fees for Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines flights

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Fundamental change of the ticket fare structure Lufthansa Group Airlines offer even more flexibility for its customers "All-round carefree package" and "Bring me...

SAS suffers continued negative impact of Covid-19, defers delivery of 8 Airbus A320neo and 2 A350-900

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CONTINUED NEGATIVE IMPACT OF COVID-19 MAY 2020–JULY 2020 Revenue: MSEK 2,507 (13,401) Income before tax (EBT): MSEK -2,071 (1,490) Income before tax and items affecting...

Finnair targets 100 million euros cost base reductions, plans to reduce 1,000 jobs

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Finnair increases its savings target to approximately 100 million euros of permanent cost base reductions by 2022 onwards, superseding the previously announced target On 20...

Virgin Atlantic provides complimentary COVID-19 global insurance cover for all bookings

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To support customers and provide additional peace of mind, Virgin Atlantic has introduced Virgin Atlantic COVID-19 Cover, which will apply to all existing...

Lufthansa Group restricts exceptions from compulsory masks: only with a medical certificate and negative Covid-19 test 

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The airlines of the Lufthansa Group are restricting the exceptions from the obligation to wear a mask on board their flights. From 1 September...