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Air Atlanta Icelandic was ready to launch passenger operations with leased A330 and B777 planes in 2Q 2020, but the pandemic delayed its plans and hit revenue by 50%. Two additional B747Fs will be deployed in July and August 2020. Some of its seven B747-400Fs will be scrapped for parts down the road.

Air Mauritius receives state promise it will receive an injection of US$222.6 million to meet its financial commitments amid the pandemic.

Airbus Americas CEO Jeff Knittel says a patchwork of government travel restrictions are “not helpful” to revitalising air travel demand devastated by the pandemic.

American Airlines pilots’ union wants the government to buy seats on flights to promote social distancing and allow the carrier to continue flying.

Azul has reached collective labour agreements with overwhelming approval from its pilot and flight attendant unions to support the Company following the crisis.

EgyptAir will resume its non-stop flights to more than 29 international destinations starting 01 July 2020.

El Al Israel Airlines extended its suspension of scheduled commercial flights until 31 July 2020 and said it would continue to use its aircraft for cargo and occasional passenger flights.

Jet2 has informed its pilots that they intend to make 102 redundancies as the pandemic continues to batter the industry.

Jetstar Asia announces that its workforce will be reduced by up to 180 roles across all parts of the business, as the furlough period for the majority of the workforce is extended until the end of December 2020. Jetstar Asia is also removing five A320s from the fleet, reducing the fleet to 13 aircraft, as part of the restructuring.

The World Trade Organization has delayed a decision on whether the EU can impose tariffs against the US over subsidies for Boeing due to the impact that recent lockdowns are having on its work.

Denmark has signed a narrow agreement on a US$39.2 million aviation package that will help domestic aviation and support airport fares at the Danish airports.

Georgia will postpone the resumption of regular flights with other countries until 31 July 2020.

Norway is hesitant to guarantee loans to SAS that might turn into a renewed ownership in the ailing airline. The carrier says it needs about €1.2 billion in new funding to survive the pandemic.
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1st draft, there are some disagreements, the EU wants more reliable data on contamination, but that gives a little overview, the list may move. Not much in Africa and America yet. For Asia I suppose it will change, but many countries from Middle East are missing. I guess the crews of the companies are exempt


Coronavirus: here is the draft list of countries authorized to enter the EU in July

There are two lists, one for those who will be accepted and one for those who will not.


The latest has already sparked controversy after sources revealed that the United States - the country most affected by the Covid-19 with more than 2.4 million cases - was included.


Africa

Angola, Rwanda, Tunisia, Namibia, Uganda, Mozambique, Mauritius, Zambia, Ethiopia, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt

America

Dominica, Bahamas, Saint Lucia, Uruguay, Jamaica, Cuba, Guyana, Paraguay, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Canada

Asia

Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Turkmenistan, Vietnam, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Mongolia, Japan, South Korea, Georgia, Bhutan, Lebanon, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, India, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan

Europe (outside the EU)

Monaco, Montenegro, Andorra, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Albania, Turkey, Kosovo, Vatican City

Oceania

Palau, New Zealand, Australia

https://fr.euronews.com/2020/06/26/coro ... KWL3uAEyNk (FR)

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Air France KLM will no longer be officially part of the capital of Kenya Airways, by October 2020, 24 years after the privatization of Kenya Airways and the arrival of KLM in the capital of Kenya Airways. A page is turning, for African aviation.

Kenya Airways was the largest partnership for AF and KLM in Africa. What will happen after ? What form will be the new partnership between AF / KLM and KQ ? Will Kenya Airways leave SkyTeam, as it has sometimes announced in recent months ? What will be the nationalized Kenya Airways, post covid19? A lot of questions.

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/busine ... index.html


Kenya Airways expects to lose $500million this year [/ b]

https://www.pulselive.co.ke/bi/finance/ ... ar/dtmvwdp

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Air Europa to explore plans that involve selling assets, a drastic reduction in expenses and an unspecified amount of aid from the government.

British Airways trade union has met investors in IAG, seeking to ramp up pressure on the airline over plans to cut staff, pay and conditions.

Czech Airlines is currently negotiating with unions over a restructuring plan that could see the loss of around 60% of jobs.

El Al Israel Airlines agreed to trim its staff of flight attendants to save US$30 million a year, as it negotiates a government bailout while flights have been grounded due to the outbreak.

Emirates needs to redefine its strategy after the pandemic brought global aviation to a near halt, says COO, flagging an increased focus on bringing more visitors to Dubai.

Finnair CEO Topi Manner says the carrier will suspend A350 deliveries as it copes with the effects of the pandemic.

GOL CEO Paulo Kakinoff says the carrier is capitalized enough to ride out the pandemic, and does not see a need for a merger. The carrier is negotiating alternatives for the payment of a debt of US$300 million, which will mature in August 2020.

LIAT shareholders are expected to discuss winding up the airline at the imminent meeting between the governments in late June 2020. The sale of half the fleet will also be discussed. LIAT, the airline of Antigua, is expected to survive the pandemic.

One Airlines has suspended operations for good due to the financial impact from the pandemic.

SAS terminates 560 of its pilots in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, as part of the airline’s savings plan.

Spain is preparing another package of aid “of a strategic nature” to respond to the liquidity problems of Spanish airlines “in the coming days”, as the ICO credits are insufficient. The new packages is expected to be between €15-20 billion.

US airlines are set to hold a meeting on 26 June 2020 to discuss a range of coronavirus-related travel issues including the industry’s push to convince the government to mandate temperature checks for passengers.

Vietnam plans to cut environment tax on jet fuel by 30% to help local airlines weather the impact of the pandemic.
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IATA Weekly Chart, 26th June 2020: "Return to travel after the pandemic has subsided".
Passenger confidence is fundamental to the recovery in air travel.

As we have noted previously, the post-COVID recovery in the air transport industry has three critical elements; the containment of the health crisis, the loosening of travel restrictions and border closures and, critically, the restoration of passenger confidence to resume flying. Each of these factors will impact both the timing and the speed of the industry recovery. Today’s chart presents the updated (June) findings of an IATA-commissioned survey of passengers across 11 countries to understand their views on the likely timing of a return to air travel.

The third instalment of this survey brings some sobering developments. In April, around 60% of respondents indicated that they would be likely to return to travel within a few months of the pandemic having subsided. In June, this figure had slipped to 45%. The largest fall (of 14pp) came in the proportion of travelers expecting to travel in 1-2 months from the time the pandemic is contained; now just 33%. The largest share of people (36%) expect to fly in around six months from containment (up 8pp on this occasion), while 14% of respondents expect to wait around 12 months – around double the share from both the February and April surveys.

Overall, these results remain consistent with our view that the industry recovery will begin in Q3 2020 but that it will be gradual in nature. Nonetheless, the survey highlights one of the important risks to our recovery profile, with more than half of travelers indicating that they will not fly until at least the end of the year if not into 2021.

While passengers are worried about a range of factors – including being subject to quarantine measures during or following travel – among the measures that would make passengers feel safer are that airport and aircraft staff wear appropriate PPE and that airport and aircraft facilities are regularly cleaned and sanitized.

Understanding and addressing the concerns of passengers – and communicating these initiatives effectively – will be vital to the restoration of consumer confidence in air travel and getting the industry back flying again.

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Air Cote d’Ivoire received US$24.0 million from the Ivorian government to keep it afloat as domestic flights resume. International flights resume from 01 July 2020.

Air Mauritius resumes domestic commercial operations on 01 July 2020, from Port Louis – Rodrigues.

Airbus is assuming a 40% drop in production over the next two years due to the coronavirus crisis, according to chief executive Guillaume Faury.

American Airlines Group expects to have between 10-20% more workers than needed in July 2021, with furloughs likely. In other news, American Airlines will start booking flights to full capacity next week, ending any effort to promote social distancing on its planes.

Bulgaria Air has resumed its flights and flies regularly on all its direct routes, except for Russia and Israel, where restrictions have been imposed by local authorities. Until the bans are lifted, the carrier has also suspended seasonal flights to Portugal and Lebanon.

Delta Air Lines plans to send notices to warn more than 2,500 pilots next week about potential furloughs.

Emirates will re-start passenger flights to Cairo from 01 July, Tunis from 1 July, Glasgow from 15 July, and Male from 16 July 2020.

IAG is reviewing its planned €1 billion acquisition of Air Europa because of the harsh economic climate caused by pandemic, says CEO of Iberia.

Iberia will rethink the employment conditions as it analyzes the economic impact of its labour agreements and awaits potential additional support from the government. The carrier to shut down its Madrid Barajas hangar.

Interjet will begin restarting national and international routes in July 2020. The airline also said that despite undergoing a “deep restructuring” it has been able to maintain its 6,000-strong workforce thanks in part to unspecified support for its workers’ union.

Kenya Airways has lost an estimated US$100 million in revenue as a result of the pandemic and related lockdowns. The figure was expected to grow to between $400-500 million by the end of 2020. Kenya Airways will obtain additional capital from Kenya’s government, who seeks to transition the carrier into a fully owned state entity. KQ will as a new outfit carry a new share capital of US$71.1 million upon nationalisation.

Lufthansa's largest shareholder, Heinz Hermann Thiele, has said restructuring the German airline could take five to six years.

Porter Airlines has pushed its resumption-of-service date back a month to 31 August 2020 due to ongoing travel restrictions.

SAS sent out termination notices to nearly 1,600 of its employees in Denmark and still thinks it will have to fire a total of 5,000 throughout Scandinavia.

TAP Air Portugal
private shareholders and the State are expected to reach an agreement soon regarding public intervention in the airline to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. TAP shareholder David Neeleman thanks the State’s emergency loan and affirms he will accept measures to control the use of that loan and participation of the State in the executive committee.

EU ambassadors to the 27 members states have agreed “in principle” to criteria for blocking US citizens from travelling to the Union. The decision needs governmental approval from each state.
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sn26567 wrote: 29 Jun 2020, 23:24 Daily review:

Air Cote d’Ivoire received US$24.0 million from the Ivorian government to keep it afloat as domestic flights resume. International flights resume from 01 July 2020.

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Indeed but only regional flights.

Last week ABJ reopened to domestic traffic.
01JUL : Restart Int'l but only to/fro CEDEAO/ECOWAS countries.
16JUL : to/fro remaining African countries
01AUG : Intercontinental traffic.

All the above pending reevaluation.

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Monrovia reopened to International traffic with a first flight operated by SN Brussels (sic) yesterday.

https://frontpageafricaonline.com/news/ ... epartures/

Airport authorities have not released itinerary of flights due in, but an SN Brussels flight out of Brussels is due in on Monday night, while two other flights, July 6 and July 13 are on schedule.


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Press release Foreign Affairs Department Belgium:

Belgium makes a cautious start towards reopening EU’s external borders

The European Member States adopted today a recommendation that allows countries from the EU and Schengen zone (EU+) to allow non-essential travel from 14 countries outside the EU+ as of 1 July. On the basis of the EU framework, the Belgian government will soon evaluate when and under what conditions non-essential travellers from these 14 countries will be allowed to re-enter Belgian territory. In addition, the exceptions for essential travel will be extended. Students, highly qualified workers, persons taking part in meetings at international organisations and seafarers will again be able to travel to the EU+ from 1 July. EU+ citizens and third country nationals legally residing in the EU and their family members will also be able to travel again anywhere within the EU+.

Since the coordinated reopening of the European internal borders on 15 June, travellers from the EU and Schengen zone (EU+) have already been able to travel to Belgium again for non-essential journeys. The improving epidemiological situation in the 27 EU Member States and the subsequent recommendation of the European Commission on 11 June led to the start of negotiations between Member States on the gradual lifting of the restrictions on travel from outside the EU+ external borders, which have been in force since 17 March.

Today, the 27 EU Member States gave the green light for a European framework allowing them to re-admit non-essential travel from certain countries outside the EU+ to their territory. In this way, travel restrictions from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay to the EU+ can be lifted. For China, this relaxation will also apply if EU+ citizens are allowed to travel to China for non-essential journeys. Under which conditions and within which timeframe travel restrictions from these countries will be relaxed, remains a decision of the EU Member States themselves.

The list of countries was drawn up following thorough negotiations between EU Member States, which together drew up an evaluation framework based on objective criteria, such as the health situation. Due to the rapid evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, this list and the situation in all third countries will be reviewed every 15 days on the basis of this framework on the basis of the most up-to-date data.

Essential travellers were and still are able to travel to the EU+. The exceptions covered by the essential travel category will also be extended. For example, students (subject to the possibility of restarting visa procedures at consulates), highly qualified workers, persons taking part in meetings at international organisations and seafarers may travel to Belgium and other EU+ countries as from 1 July. EU+ citizens and third country nationals legally residing in the European Union and their family members will also be allowed to travel anywhere within the EU+. Until now, they were only allowed to travel to their country of residence.

Travel to/from Belgium

Belgium will implement the European agreement, but takes a cautious approach with the rapidly changing epidemiological situation in mind. In the coming days, the Belgian government will therefore evaluate and soon decide when and under what conditions non-essential travellers from these 14 countries will regain access to Belgian territory. A decision on possible admission for non-essential travel from Belgium to these 14 countries will also soon follow, on the basis of experts' advise.

Travellers are in any case advised to inform themselves well in advance of each trip about the measures to be taken in the country of destination. It is still possible that some of these countries do not yet admit Belgians or impose measures such as a COVID test or quarantine. They can find all the information they need in the travel recommendations of the FPS Foreign Affairs and on the Re-Open EU website.

They should also take all known precautionary measures, such as taking out travel assistance insurance or health insurance cover, so that they can travel in the safest possible way.

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easyJet announced intention for 738 redundancies in Berlin, about 700 in the UK and closing of bases in Southend, Stansted and Newcastle.

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sdbelgium wrote: 30 Jun 2020, 18:32 easyJet announced intention for 738 redundancies in Berlin, about 700 in the UK and closing of bases in Southend, Stansted and Newcastle.
Can you put a link, about Berlin, please ? Thanks

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rwandan-flyer wrote: 30 Jun 2020, 19:44Can you put a link, about Berlin, please ? Thanks
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During today's US senate hearing, Senator Sanders attacked AA and other airlines' policy to not keep the middle seat empty and the lack of a proper policy and questioned the experts on this.

The chief of CDC testified that it is under critical review and to not keep the middle seats empty is not the right message.

Fauci: a matter of concern.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZQ5PNt6fg4

In Belgium, similar policies are under fire, as some companies are starting to criticise loudly the exceptions made for airlines but not their businesses.

Sportpaleis made their point with a picture:

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HLN reporting that the aviation lobby obtained a special waiver "for the sake of profitability".

https://www.hln.be/nieuws/binnenland/an ... ~af1eed51/


I think that it's totally irresponsible to not have proper policies for distancing aboard aircraft.
Masks are insufficient, especially when those masks are not being worn properly or are of poor quality.
The middle seat should remain empty, except when a single household occupies an entire set of seats.

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Maybe time to impose on airlines to provide an easy way to buy empty middle seats, at say 50% of the normal seat price.

Passengers would then have to buy empty middle seats (unless they belong to a single household).
This requirement could be waived unless there are Covid outbreaks.

When the Covid crisis is over, this could help resolve problems with Passengers Of Size.

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Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu says it’s time for the federal government to either relax pandemic-related restrictions on travel or provide more aid to the airline industry that has been left in “shutdown mode”. Air Canada is indefinitely suspending service on 30 domestic regional routes and closing eight stations at regional airports in Canada.

Caribbean Airlines will resume flights out of Kingston starting 06 July 2020. The airline will initially restart flights to New York, and will then to Toronto and Barbados.

Etihad had added new destinations to its schedule from mid-July 2020, including routes to Bengalaru, Mumbai, Kochi, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kozhikode, Munich, Istanbul, Manchester, Belgrade, Dusseldorf, Male, Amman, Cairo, Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore.

Gulf Air will resume its direct Athens and Cairo flights with scheduled operations starting from 01 July 2020.

IndiGo has announced fresh salary cuts and leave without pay for its pilots as it undertakes more cost-cutting measures amid pandemic.
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American Airlines Group expects summer 2021 long-haul international capacity to be down 25% compared to 2019. American will also discontinue several routes that were once popular leisure destinations but are expected to exhibit decreased demand.

Austrian Airlines resumed its first regular long-haul flights after a more than 100-day break. New York, Chicago and Washington are back in the programme with B767s operating the services. What about passengers, with both sides prohibiting non-essential travel between each other?

Azores Airlines resumes flights with Boston, Toronto, Frankfurt and, later in August 2020, Cape Verde.

British Airways short-haul flights will now fly from London Heathrow instead of Gatwick until at least September 2020. British Airways will resume long-haul service at London Gatwick, initially operating to Bermuda, Bridgetown, Kingston, and St. Lucia from mid-July 2020.

Corsair International announces the relaunch of its regular flights between Paris and Abidjan on 01 July 2020 with A330.

easyJet has said that 727 of its UK-based pilots are at risk of redundancy, equivalent to about one-third of its pilots in the country. The airline is proposing to close bases at London Stansted and Southend airports and at Newcastle. easyJet is in talks with pilots and flight attendants about reducing the number of aircraft and employees in Berlin, due to expected low demand.

Enter Air has resumed summer 2020 flight operations in cooperation with travel agencies. The summer season 2020 was inaugurated by flights to Crete and Majorca.

Japan Airlines reports a recovery of approximately 30% in travel demand has been seen on the carrier`s domestic network. Looking further ahead at the latter half of July, a recovery of 50% is expected for the JAL Group.

Qatar Airways relaunches 11 more destinations. By mid-July 2020, the airline’s network will expand to over 430 weekly flights to more than 65 destinations.

SkyUp Airlines plans to resume flights to Georgia and Albania from 01 July 2020, and to other countries stipulated by the schedule.

Estonia’s government decided to extend the restriction on opening airlines from Estonia to countries with a high-risk number of daily new cases of coronavirus until 14 July 2020.

Gabon authorized the resumption of all flights after borders were opened.

Sudan CAA extended the closure of the country’s airports until 12 July 2020.
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European Commission opens infringement proceedings against GREECE and ITALY for failure to comply with EU rules protecting rights of passengers

Today (2nd July 2020) the European Commission launched infringement proceedings by sending letters of formal notice to Greece and Italy for being in violation of EU rules protecting rights of passengers. Both Greece and Italy have taken measures that do not comply with EU rules on air passenger rights (Regulation (EC) No 261/2004) and on waterborne travel (Regulation (EU) No 1177/2010). Furthermore, Italy has taken measures that do not comply with EU rules on bus and coach travel (Regulation (EU) No 181/2011) and rail passenger rights (Regulation (EC) No 1371/2007). Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many companies in the transport sector have been faced with unsustainable cash flows and revenue situations. Throughout this crisis, the Commission has consistently made clear that passenger rights remain valid in the current unprecedented context and national measures to support the industry must not lower them. While the European Commission is also assessing the situation in other Member States by requesting further information on the application of the rules, Greece and Italy have adopted legislation allowing carriers to offer vouchers as the only form of reimbursement. Under the EU passenger rights Regulations, however, passengers have the right to choose between reimbursement in money and other forms of refund, such as a voucher. If they are offered vouchers, the passengers have to agree to this solution. Greece and Italy now have two months to reply to the arguments raised by the Commission, otherwise the Commission may decide to send a reasoned opinion.

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Air Leap of Sweden has returned to normal operation on 01 July 2020, after laying off employees. The carrier also plans to launch its first own ATR72 in August 2020, to continue with more ATR72s in the fall.

Air Madagascar extended the suspension all international flights until 31 July 2020, and flights to Mauritius suspended until 31 August 2020.

Air Tahiti will obtain US$77.0 million in subsidies in 2020, helping the airline resume air services to the 46 islands as of 07 July 2020.

Airbus left the door open to scaling back its planned 15,000 job cuts in exchange for government-funded labour schemes and research, as its coronavirus restructuring stoked political and union alarm.

Aircalin of New Caledonia will resume its regular flights to Wallis after more than three months of an extremely restricted programme.

American Airlines Group warns it is overstaffed by about 8,000 flight attendants and might reduce its workforce through early retirements and voluntary leaves. American Airlines has scrapped plans to resume flying between Los Angeles and Sydney in late October 2020. Service is now scheduled to resume from mid-2021. The same timeline applies to the restart of seasonal flights to Auckland.

British Airways has announced route resumptions for July 2020, including to Barbados, Bermuda, Dallas, Kingston, Miami, Seattle, and Toronto.

Cathay Pacific staff have agreed to take unpaid leave in the second round of cost-saving measures, with management saying the company’s recovery from the pandemic would be a “slow” one.

Hawaiian Airlines
to resume a reduced schedule between Hawaiʻi and most of its US mainland gateway cities on 01 August 2020 when the state of Hawai‘i begins welcoming travellers.

JetBlue agreed not to furlough any pilots involuntarily until 01 May 2021 in exchange for unspecified contract concessions designed to help the carrier cut operating expenses.

LOT Polish Airlines resumed its first international flights to Berlin, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Prague, Budapest, Vilnius, Toronto, Kiev, Dubrovnik, Split, Vienna, and Oslo. Flights to Seoul and Tokyo Narita to follow very soon.

Singapore Airlines has stored four more aircraft in Australia, including two A380s, taking the number of planes parked in the country to 22.

Argentina no longer plans to resume domestic flights in mid-July 2020, as it awaits the start of government initiatives aimed at the slowing the coronavirus.

Cape Verde’s government is in talks with shareholders of Cabo Verde Airlines to secure the future of the airline grounded since March 2020. The state will retain the 39% stake in the airline and no longer offer it to private investors, due to effects from the pandemic.

Dominican Republic has reopened its airports and flight operations throughout the country, in the fourth phase of the de-escalation.
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