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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

Post by Passenger » 18 Mar 2020, 19:21

European Commission: Interpretative Guidelines on EU passenger rights regulations in the context of the developing situation with Covid-19

press release European Commission:
In our efforts to mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission has today published guidelines to ensure EU passenger rights are applied in a coherent manner across the EU.

National governments have introduced different measures, including travel restrictions and border controls. The purpose of these guidelines is to reassure passengers that their rights are protected.

Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean said: “In light of the mass cancellations and delays passengers and transport operators face due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission wants to provide legal certainty on how to apply EU passenger rights. In case of cancellations the transport provider must reimburse or re-route the passengers. If passengers themselves decide to cancel their journeys, reimbursement of the ticket depends on its type, and companies may offer vouchers for subsequent use. Today's guidelines will provide much-needed legal certainty on how to apply EU passenger rights in a coordinated manner across our Union. We continue to monitor the rapidly evolving situation, and, if need be, further steps will be taken.”

This guidance will help passengers, the industry and national authorities in this unprecedented situation, with important passenger travel restrictions imposed by national governments and knock-on effects on transport services across the EU. By introducing clarity, the guidelines are also expected to help reduce costs for the transport sector, which is heavily affected by the outbreak. The guidelines cover the rights of passengers when travelling by air, rail, ship or bus/coach, maritime and inland waterways, as well as the corresponding obligations for carriers.

If passengers face the cancellation of their journey, for example, they can choose between reimbursement of the ticket price or re-routing to reach their final destination at a later stage. At the same time, the guidelines clarify that the current circumstances are “extraordinary”, with the consequence that certain rights – such as compensation in case of flight cancellation less than two weeks from departure date – may not be invoked.
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/pressco ... /IP_20_485
EU: pdf with these Guidelines:

Reply IATA and A4E: Airlines Disappointed with European Commission Guidelines on EU261
Geneva / Brussels – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airlines for Europe (A4E), reacted with dismay to the European Commission’s new guidelines on the application of the EU261 passenger rights regime.

The new guidelines are disappointing and unhelpful, falling far short of the simple and temporary alleviation airlines had requested for:
1. Recognition that no compensation is due in the event of cancellations due to COVID-19;
2. A limitation on the extensive obligations to provide care and assistance in the event of cancellations due to COVID-19;
3. Flexibility to allow airlines to offer rebooking or vouchers in place of refunds in the event of cancellations due to the pandemic.

There was some limited help in the new guidelines. They recognized that cancellations caused by externally imposed measures (such as the flight bans) or because of the very low demand are to be considered as an extraordinary circumstance. This would mean that in most current cases compensation for cancellation will not apply.

However, on the limitations on providing care and assistance due to COVID-19, and particularly the flexibility on refunds or vouchers, the Commission’s response is inadequate. No flexibility on the limitation of obligations was offered during a period of crisis for the aviation industry. This means that airlines are potentially responsible for unlimited care to passengers who have been stranded as a result of government decisions to close borders. On the request for flexibility to offer rebooking or vouchers in place of refunds, the Commission specifically rejected that possibility.

“The Commission appears to considerably underestimate the crisis afflicting airlines in Europe. Faced with a cashflow catastrophe, many airlines can only offer vouchers in lieu of immediate cash refunds for cancelled flights. The Commission must accept that this solution – which many people would regard as reasonable in the current extraordinary circumstances – should be facilitated. The Commission needs to understand that fiddling at the edges will not keep airlines in any shape to get the economy moving again when the health crisis abates. This is not a short-term issue—air connectivity will not be back to normal for many months. And for some airlines, things will never be the same again,” said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Europe.

“These guidelines unfortunately don’t provide the clarity that cash-strapped EU airlines need. Given the extraordinary circumstances and financial pressures our airlines are facing, if this is the Commission’s view—then an emergency amendment to Regulation 261 may be needed, and would be welcomed by the sector,” said Thomas Reynaert, Managing Director, Airlines for Europe (A4E). “In the meantime, we also expect member states in the European Council to come to an agreement on the review of the Regulation before the summer,” Reynaert added.

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

Post by rwandan-flyer » 18 Mar 2020, 20:29

Rwanda closes its boarders, on 20 March, from midnight. RwandAir suspends all its flights, for 30 days: https://twitter.com/RwandaHealth/status ... 2810609664

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

Post by TLspotting » 18 Mar 2020, 20:57

International Airlines Group (IAG) reduces operating expenses; grounds fleet; freezes recruitment

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/inte ... cruitment/

Cabin and cockpit crew unites all over the world

https://www.aviation24.be/miscellaneous ... the-world/

Airbus shuts down production and assembly activities at its French and Spanish sites for the next four days

https://www.aviation24.be/manufacturers ... four-days/

A completely deserted Brussels Airport

https://www.aviation24.be/airports/brus ... s-airport/

KLM makes request for reduction in working hours of 70% for all staff

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/air- ... all-staff/

Brussels Airlines temporarily suspends all its flights as of 21 March until 19 April

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/luft ... -saturday/

Air Belgium expects to restart its own operations on 2 May 2020.

Alitalia to be re-nationalised

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/alit ... ionalised/

The airline sector addresses an open letter to EU Transport Ministers

https://www.aviation24.be/organisations ... ministers/

Air Corsica cancels all flights and starts minimum public service between Corsica and mainland

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/air- ... -mainland/

Emirates to implement thermal screening on all US-bound flights

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/emir ... d-flights/

Brussels Airlines requests 200 million aid from the Belgian State

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/luft ... ian-state/

WestJet suspends all international routes from 23 March

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/west ... -23-march/

Air Dolomiti temporarily suspends its flight plan until 19 April 2020

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/luft ... pril-2020/

Passenger numbers at Brussels Airport are drastically plummeting

https://www.aviation24.be/airports/brus ... lummeting/

European business aviation under threat

https://www.aviation24.be/organisations ... er-threat/

Chinese airline partners support KLM

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/air- ... pport-klm/

IATA: Air cargo essential to fight against COVID-19

https://www.aviation24.be/miscellaneous ... -covid-19/

Blue Air implements “We Fly You Home” programme, before suspending all regular flights starting March 21st

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/blue ... arch-21st/

Air Antwerp suspends flights from March 22nd until April 10th, 2020

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/coro ... 10th-2020/

Ryanair cuts flight schedule (this week by over 80% – about every flight cancelled as of next week)

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/ryan ... next-week/

Alitalia repatriates thousands of Italian citizens

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/alit ... -citizens/

Transavia to cancel all flights from 23 March until 5 April and postpone launch of Brussels base to 2021

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/air- ... l-5-april/

ILA Berlin 2020, the leading space exhibition in Europe, cancelled

https://www.aviation24.be/miscellaneous ... cancelled/
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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

Post by TLspotting » 18 Mar 2020, 22:00

Frenchbee to suspend PPT route for 14 days with immediate effect.
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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

Post by TLspotting » 18 Mar 2020, 22:28

sn26567 wrote:
18 Mar 2020, 19:20

Air France HOP and sister carrier Transavia France to halt flights soon due to drop id demand caused by the coronavirus.
Transavia France announced to halt flights from 20 March until 19 April.
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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

Post by Passenger » 19 Mar 2020, 08:53

Guayaquil Airport in Ecuador (GYE/SEGU) is closed


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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

Post by Luke777 » 19 Mar 2020, 09:04

Citizens of european countries are advised to stay inside, not to make big displacements, land borders are closed out of fear for Covid19 spreading, but if you look today (and next week?) at FR24, hundreds of planes still carry thousands of people between european countries, even in and out top 5 infected countries ! Can someone explain ?

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

Post by rwandan-flyer » 19 Mar 2020, 09:44

There are closings outside the Schengen area and within Schengen.

Outside Schengen, there are all repatriations, either by special flights, or by the few companies that continue to serve the country. For some countries, we sometimes speak of more than 100,000 of their nationals stranded outside the Schengen Area. We cannot abandon them. Among the companies that operate flights, they will decrease their frequencies, sometimes even suspending their flights. But here it is only French nationals, if we are talking about France or people resident in France or someone who has a mission order (diplomats and others), who can enter France. An Australian who wants to stroll in Paris or who comes to see Family in Marseilles, will not be able to come to France

For closings in the Schengen area. Someone who lives in Annecy and works in a hospital or at Geneva airport will be allowed to cross the border, if he has a mission order. Then if a Frenchman who lives in Montpellier and who has to go to Helsinki, to go and collect goods, he has the right, only if he has an exemption which justifies his "trip". If, a Frenchman who goes to Finland, to go to see family or friends, impossible for him to go there. If a Frenchman is resident in Finland and has to return home to Rovaninemi for example, he will be allowed to fly.


Some people need to travel because they have no choice (like me, but it''s just to got to work at the airport). We can't close everything, it's impossible, otherwise the state stops working. Knowing that in the few remaining pax flights, there will also be freight. The fact that there is almost more pax, will free up space in the holds. This is what Cathay has done and what IAG will surely do (BA and IB)


Airlines reschedule flights with different timetables. The frequencies will be at the minimum. Itwill not exceed 1 flight per day on certain domestic flights in Europe.

China and South Korea did not close their airspace during the peak of the epidemic. They suspended flights in regions where the epidemic was important, but they did not close their airspace.
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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

Post by Bracebrace » 19 Mar 2020, 10:03

For excemptions, one needs to consult the national authorities (national websites or embassy) to know the exact rules and regulations for entry and exit.
This ie is for Cyprus:

"It is noted that between 18.00 on 16/3/2020 and 30/4/2020, entry to the Republic of
Cyprus will only be granted to individuals who fall under the categories listed below,
provided that, upon arrival, they are able to submit a medical certificate, issued no more
than 4 days before, showing that they have been tested for coronavirus by certified
medical centers in their country of origin:
➢ Cypriot citizens
➢ Legal residents in the Republic of Cyprus.
➢ European nationals or third-country nationals working in the Republic.
➢ Nationals of countries who are in a designated diplomatic service or mission under
bilateral or international Conventions.
➢ European or third country nationals attending educational institutions in the
Republic of Cyprus.
➢ Individual cases of European nationals or third-country nationals for unavoidable
professional obligations, provided that the relevant permit has been obtained from
the competent Ministry."

On the other side, it is a disgrace that all these European politicians and institutes are "so important", yet in this gigantic crisis that affects all European states, all countries do nothing more than work in a completely isolated manner so that the last bit of economic activity that we have (logistic connections between the countries - where aviation is a part of) is engulfed in different rules and excemptions in every single country, making working inside Europe a disaster. Europe fails (again?), big time.

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

Post by globetrotter » 19 Mar 2020, 10:28

UAE has barred entry of visit and work Visa holders as well as those with residence permit stamped on passport who are outside the country at present, not sure if ban applies to those who don't need visa to visit the place.

Emirates is mulling parking its entire A380 fleet.

Turkish Airlines has suspended Ireland, Emirates and Etihad have suspended Turkey.

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

Post by sn26567 » 19 Mar 2020, 14:25

A good summary by Eurocontrol of the situation in Europe, per airline...

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... and per country:

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

Post by HQ_BRU_Lover » 19 Mar 2020, 14:37

Where is brussels airlines parking their fleet? Any pictures of BRU? Probably this will bring in sad memories on the Sabena times when their whole fleet was grounded right after the bankruptcy...

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

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HQ_BRU_Lover wrote:
19 Mar 2020, 14:37
Where is brussels airlines parking their fleet? Any pictures of BRU? Probably this will bring in sad memories on the Sabena times when their whole fleet was grounded right after the bankruptcy...
Not all aircraft are grounded :

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

Post by Passenger » 19 Mar 2020, 15:11

Passenger wrote:
19 Mar 2020, 08:53
Guayaquil Airport in Ecuador (GYE/SEGU) is closed

Some GYE airport authority vehicles and locals occupied the runway to prohibit the landing of KL-755, a 777-200ER (PH-BQI) that was supposed to fly Quito-Guayaquil-Amsterdam with stranded Dutch citizens.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flig ... 5#2439bd09

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

Post by globetrotter » 19 Mar 2020, 17:49

Indian LCC Go Air has fired foreign pilots.

All scheduled international flights banned from landing in India for one week effective Monday.

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

Post by sn26567 » 19 Mar 2020, 22:45

Our daily review (in addition to the announcements on our homepage):

India is planning a rescue package worth as much as US$1.6 billion for the aviation sector, which has been battered after the coronavirus outbreak forced countries to close borders and brought air travel to a near-halt.

Air Algerie has decided to suspend all international flights from 18 March 2020 and until further notice.

Air Astana and FlyArystan to suspend most flights until 15 April 2020 following the lockdown of Almaty and Nur-Sultan as a result of government restrictions.

Air Caledonie announced the cancellation of all domestic flights from 21 march 2020, complying with the government measures.

Air Canada will gradually suspend most of its international and US trans-border flights by 31 March 2020. The carrier intends to continue to serve a small number of international and US trans-border destinations and all provinces and territories of Canada thereafter.

Air New Zealand brings forward suspension of Buenos Aires service with immediate effect, until 30 June 2020.

The airline also has made the decision to bring forward the closure of its London cabin crew base of 130 flight attendants due to the impact of coronavirus and travel restrictions, The London route will be suspended until 30 June 2020.

Air Serbia will temporarily suspend passenger transport as of 19 March 2020, and hands its fleet to the state for use.

Boliviana de Aviacion announced the suspension of its international operations between 21 and 31 March 2020 as a measure to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Conviasa suspended all domestic operations and will resume its operations when the health situation improves.

Delta Air Lines is deferring nearly all capital spending, including all new aircraft deliveries. The carrier is also looking to secure more than US$4 billion in cash savings in the 2Q 2020 alone, including parking 600 aircraft and accelerating retirements of older aircraft like MD88/90s and some of B767s.

Delta says revenue for March 2020 is now expected to decline by almost US$2 billion year-on-year, with April expected to fall even more. Capacity reductions have been cut 70% systemwide until demand starts to recover, with international making up 80% over the next two to three months.

Emirates is looking at grounding the bulk of its 115 A380s as the coronavirus undermines global travel demand.

JetSMART of Chile will reduce up to 70% of domestic flights, and nearly all of its international flights.

Malaysia Airlines is scaling down its overall network by 4,000 flights, following the government’s nationwide lockdown until 31 March 2020.

MAP of Brazil to temporarily suspend all regular operations until 22 March 2020. Further updates are expected.

SAS and Norwegian are allowed to cooperate for three months, as competition laws were waived due to the extraordinary environment.

Vistara said it’s temporarily suspending its international operations from 20 March to 31 March 2020, due to coronavirus situation. Domestic capacity has also been adjusted.

Angola will suspend all international flights from 20 March 2020 as its closes its airspace to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Australia and New Zealand are both closing their borders to non-residents as they step up their response to the coronavirus outbreak.

CAA of China asks airlines to reduce capacity on international flights not add to them, as part of efforts to battle the coronavirus epidemic.

Mauritius blocks flights from landing for 14 days after cases of the coronavirus begin popping up on the island.

South Korea will delay reclaiming traffic rights and allocated slots from airlines, while cutting landing fees and other charges, amid the escalating coronavirus impact on the aviation sector.

UK transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has chaired talks with Britain’s airlines and airports about a potential multibillion-pound rescue plan, as the government insists key routes must stay open.

US government proposed a rescue package of US$50 billion in loans, but no grants as the industry had requested, to help address the financial impact from the deepening coronavirus crisis.
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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

Post by Homo Aeroportus » 20 Mar 2020, 12:07

Jet fuel is now cheaper than 20 years ago.

Below is info published by IATA using Platts data.

IATA Table 200313.png
Latest available are those of last Friday ; with the oil barrel at $42 the Index was 115 (ref to year 2000).
As today's crude is another $10 lower, the actual cost of Jet Fuel A1 is lower than when SN (the real McCoy) was still alive, NYC still had intact twin towers, the A Pier was not yet in service at BRU and the candles on my birthday cake had a much lower impact on global warming.

IATA Jet Fuel Price 200313.png

And a long term view :
IATA Jet Fuel Long Term 200313.png

Few airlines will benefit from these low spot prices but few as well will need to pay the price they fixed months ago.

Sad times.

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Post by sn26567 » 20 Mar 2020, 14:42

Airline Groups update 19th March (from Eurocontrol): The Lufthansa Group had the largest drop, down 76%, with Air-France-KLM, IAG & Ryanair all down between 55% & 59%; easyJet down 48%
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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

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“I would like to personally thank all employees working at Brussels Airport for their continued hard work to keep our airport up and running. Thanks to you, we can bring our passengers home safe and we can contribute to the supply of essentials products for Belgium. Just like the whole country, we are going through rough times, but united we stand stronger. I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for your continuous commitment and dedication in these difficult times. Together we’ll get out of this crisis even stronger.
Arnaud Feist, CEO Brussels Airport Company

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus crisis on aviation

Post by Airbus330lover » 20 Mar 2020, 17:31

sn26567 wrote:
18 Mar 2020, 14:49
luchtzak wrote:
18 Mar 2020, 13:13
Most of the countries are opting for a lock-down to contain the virus spread, The Netherlands (and the United Kingdom) are using a totally different approach:

‘We want the virus to circulate among people who will have little problem with it, while at the same time, protecting vulnerable groups as much as possible. If a big enough group have had the virus, that will protect the vulnerable,’ Van Dissel - head of the public health institute RIVM - said. This, Van Dissel said, is why the government has opted for a programme of ‘maximum control’, as outlined by prime minister Mark Rutte in his speech to the national earlier in the evening.

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2020/03/t ... ch-expert/
A very risky option, if you ask me.
And... if we are out the problems un june or later, they will all travel across Belgium and France with COVID-19 in the caravan ?

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