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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. 

Air cargo volumes fell 23% in March – with an increasing speed of decline

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Covid-19 ‘raised its ugly head’ faster and faster in the air cargo industry in March as global cargo volumes fell by 23% versus the...

[Coronavirus] German government “ready” to nationalise Condor if takeover by LOT deal fails

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On 1 April 2020, the German government is ready to nationalise Condor, ex-member of the Thomas Cook Group, if the deal with LOT and...

[Coronavirus] Air Belgium organises a repatriation charter from Seychelles to France

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On 31 March, Air Belgium continues to operate more repatriation flights, it is currently organising a charter from Seychelles to France, and the airline...

[Coronavirus] A picture is worth a thousand words (part six): Eurowings

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This is what it looks like when about 100 aircraft of Eurowings' fleet are taking a break. Only ten aeroplanes will now maintain the...

[Coronavirus] All Nippon Airways suspends daily flights to Brussels and other European cities between 29 March and 24 April

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) will temporarily change its flight frequency to and from select cities. Among the affected cities in Europe, frequencies to London Heathrow...

[Coronavirus] Wizz Air operates repatriation flights from the US

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The coronavirus crisis provides for unusual routes by some air carriers. After Austrian Airlines operated a flight to Sydney, Australia, it is Wizz Air's...

[Coronavirus] Lufthansa agrees on short-time work

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More than 27,000 employees of Deutsche Lufthansa AG will be affected by short-time work  Agreements apply to cockpit, cabin and ground staff Agreement...

[Coronavirus] easyJet grounds entire fleet for indefinite period

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easyJet said this morning that it will immobilise its entire fleet for an indefinite period due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company justified the...

Airbus to pause majority of production in Spain until 9 April in COVID-19 environment

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The Spanish Government announced new measures on 29 March in the fight against COVID-19. These measures are taking effect between Monday 30 March and...

[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...