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 Serbia, German Airways and SprintAir join ERA as it fights to save the future of European aviation

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Three new European airlines, Air Serbia, SprintAir and German Airways, join ERA (European Regions Airline Association) to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.  ERA’s number...

COVID-19: Adaptation of Air France and KLM’s commercial policy: refunds possible for cancellations after 15 May, more attractive vouchers

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We have already published the new KLM conditions after cancelled flights in a previous article. Similar or better conditions now apply equally to Air...

No agreement yet between Lufthansa and the Belgian government on state aid to Brussels Airlines

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There is still no agreement between the Belgian federal government and Lufthansa on state aid to Brussels Airlines. There will be further talks in...

Ryanair axes over 250 jobs at its Dublin, Stansted, Madrid and Wroclaw offices due to the COVID-19 groundings

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Ryanair today (Fri 15th May) confirmed it has reduced its office headcount in Dublin, Stansted, Madrid and Wroclaw by over 250 through a combination...

[Coronavirus] Temporary suspension of flight operations at Austrian Airlines extended until June 7

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• Break in operation for another week • Slow restart in June under review Due to worldwide travel restrictions caused by the corona pandemic, the demand...

Delta Air Lines to retire its entire Boeing 777 fleet by the end of 2020

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Delta plans to retire its 18 widebody Boeing 777s by the end of 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The retirement will...

Frankfurt Airport publishes April traffic results; strong decline in passenger demand continues (-96.9%)

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) counted only 188,078 passengers in April 2020, 96.9% less than in the corresponding month of last year. The total in the...

IATA: “Don’t make a slow recovery more difficult with quarantine measures” – 2019 traffic levels not returning before 2023

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released new analysis showing that the damage to air travel from COVID-19 extends into the medium-term, with long-haul...

European Commission’s guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe’s tourism in 2020 and beyond

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Today, the Commission presents a package of guidelines and recommendations to help Member States gradually lift travel restrictions and allow tourism businesses to reopen,...

ERA calls out arduous quarantine measures (UK, Spain) as damaging for air transport recovery

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European Regions Airline Association (ERA) has called the latest quarantine measures imposed by the UK and Spain arduous and damaging to the recovery of...

Frankfurt Airport ready to fly safely

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The rule of “safety first” also applies on the ground: air travel while complying with all hygiene prescriptions is feasible – Diverse measures being...

Airlines decry lack of leadership and clarity from European Commission recommendations on use of travel vouchers during COVID-19

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The lack of leadership from the EC will not alleviate and could even contribute to the financial distress of airlines and the wider...

Air Belgium expects to restart scheduled flights on 24 June 2020

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Air Belgium announced it is postponing the restart of its operations to 24 June 2020, following the Belgian government travel ban until 15 June. The...

Lufthansa Group CEO in Brussels on Friday to discuss the future of Brussels Airlines with Belgian Government

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This Friday (15 May), Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr will come to Brussels to discuss state aid for Brussels Airlines with the Belgian government,...

Ryanair plans all Boeing 737 fleet in subsidiaries – Laudamotion’s future uncertain

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Ryanair Holdings CEO Michael O'Leary told Reuters about his plans for the near future: cancelling leasing contracts of 30 Laudamotion Airbus A320s to replace...

Krasnoyarsk International Airport in Siberia welcomes Air Belgium

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Krasnoyarsk International Airport welcomed with a water salute the first Airbus A340 of Air Belgium arriving in its official livery*. The Belgian airline was...

Finnair introduces new measures on board and at the airport to protect the health of its customers

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Air travel will gradually start to recover as travel restrictions are lifted. To make flying as safe as possible, Finnair is preparing for gradually...

TUI Belgium extends cancellations by 11 more days until 18 June

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TUI Belgium and TUI fly Belgium announced the cancellation of all trips and flights until 18 June, postponing by 11 more days the restarting...

Deep cuts at Brussels Airlines: reductions in fleet, workforce and destinations

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This morning, the Brussels Airlines management presented a new turnaround plan to tackle the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The airline will reduce its...

ERA calls for harmonised approach and common framework to safely reconnect Europe by air travel 

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European Regions Airline Association (ERA) supports several key measures to ensure the safety of passengers and industry personnel as airlines begin to restart operations. ...