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Netherlands and Belgium bans flights from UK to prevent spread of Covid-19 mutation :
https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/easy ... -mutation/

Germany is seriously considering to close too, + South African flights.
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TLspotting wrote: 20 Dec 2020, 12:31 Netherlands and Belgium bans flights from UK to prevent spread of Covid-19 mutation :
https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/easy ... -mutation/

Germany is seriously considering to close too, + South African flights.
Netherlands bans...but till 6 flights today, all the day, 6 flights tomorrow and the day after ( Schiphol information )...what does "bans" mean ?

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nordikcam wrote: 20 Dec 2020, 20:30
TLspotting wrote: 20 Dec 2020, 12:31 Netherlands and Belgium bans flights from UK to prevent spread of Covid-19 mutation :
https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/easy ... -mutation/
Germany is seriously considering to close too, + South African flights.
Netherlands bans...but till 6 flights today, all the day, 6 flights tomorrow and the day after ( Schiphol information )...what does "bans" mean?
Flights are allowed, flights with passengers are not allowed: "...At 06.00 local time on 20 December a ban on flights carrying passengers from the United Kingdom will enter into force. This ban will remain in place until 1 January 2021 at the latest..."
Official source:
https://www.government.nl/latest/news/2 ... ed-kingdom

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Passenger wrote: 20 Dec 2020, 20:37
nordikcam wrote: 20 Dec 2020, 20:30
TLspotting wrote: 20 Dec 2020, 12:31 Netherlands and Belgium bans flights from UK to prevent spread of Covid-19 mutation :
https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/easy ... -mutation/
Germany is seriously considering to close too, + South African flights.
Netherlands bans...but till 6 flights today, all the day, 6 flights tomorrow and the day after ( Schiphol information )...what does "bans" mean?
Flights are allowed, flights with passengers are not allowed: "...At 06.00 local time on 20 December a ban on flights carrying passengers from the United Kingdom will enter into force. This ban will remain in place until 1 January 2021 at the latest..."
Official source:
https://www.government.nl/latest/news/2 ... ed-kingdom
24 hours more, thus ban on Tuesday 22nd December too.

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Sweet summary for people who just woke up:
So dozen of flights from uk to china everyday makes no problem in china, no corona there, yippee yippee
But uk to freakin' belgium, thats no good.
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Daily review:

Air Serbia to discontinue unprofitable routes as part of its restructuring plan which will be adopted by late 2021. The carrier will discontinue flights from Belgrade to Helsinki and Rijeka, while routes from Nis and Kraljevo remain uncertain.

American Airlines is dropping flights to Manchester, Reykjavik, Prague, and Venice, and focusing its attention in the Caribbean and South America, as it awaits demand to return.

Delta Air Lines announced it has returned to most Latin American countries it served before the pandemic by restarting service to Argentina, Chile and Ecuador from Atlanta.

The British government is making a concerted effort to persuade the Trump administration to lift or soften travel restrictions that bar most people in the UK from travelling to the US. Wrong timing, IMHO :lol:

Saudi Arabia has suspended all international commercial passenger flights to and from the United Kingdom for a week due to the pandemic.

US bipartisan legislative deal expected to be unveiled by lawmakers will grant US airlines US$15 billion in new payroll assistance that will allow them to return more than 32,000 furloughed workers to their payrolls through 31 March 2020.
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Passenger flights (and rail, ferries, ...) from the United Kingdom to Belgium: travel ban extented for today 22nd December.

Are allowed to travel - copy/paste from the official publication in Belgium's State Gazette:
Besluit :
Artikel 1. In artikel 21 van het ministerieel besluit van 28 oktober 2020 houdende dringende maatregelen om de verspreiding van het coronavirus COVID-19 te beperken, wordt paragraaf 2bis vervangen door wat volgt:
"In afwijking van de paragrafen 1 en 2 zijn alle reizen naar België vanuit het Verenigd Koninkrijk door middel van passagiersvervoer verboden op 22 december 2020.
In afwijking van de paragrafen 1 en 2 zijn van 23 december 2020 tot en met 31 december 2020 enkel toegelaten:
1° de reizen naar België vanuit het Verenigd Koninkrijk van personen met de Belgische nationaliteit en van personen die hun hoofdverblijfplaats in België hebben;
2° de volgende strikt noodzakelijke niet-uitstelbare reizen naar België vanuit het Verenigd Koninkrijk van andere personen dan deze bedoeld in de bepaling onder 1°, desgevallend mits voorlegging van een door de werkgever uitgereikt attest:
a) de professionele verplaatsingen van gezondheidswerkers, onderzoekers op het gebied van gezondheid en beroepskrachten uit de ouderenzorg;
b) de professionele verplaatsingen van vervoerspersoneel;
c) de verplaatsingen van diplomaten, personeel van internationale organisaties en door internationale organisaties uitgenodigde personen van wie fysieke aanwezigheid vereist is voor de goede werking van deze organisaties, professionele verplaatsingen van militair personeel en van ordediensten, personeel van de civiele bescherming, en humanitaire hulpverleners, bij het uitoefenen van hun functie;
d) de professionele verplaatsingen van journalisten;
e) de verplaatsingen om de volgende dwingende gezinsredenen:
- de reizen die gerechtvaardigd zijn door gezinshereniging;
- de bezoeken aan een wettelijke echtgenoot of partner, wanneer beiden om professionele of persoonlijke redenen niet samenwonen;
- de reizen in het kader van co-ouderschap;
- de reizen in het kader van begrafenissen of crematies in geval van een verwantschap in de eerste en tweede graad;
doorreizen in België bij luchtverkeer vanuit het Verenigd Koninkrijk, voor zover de eindbestemming zich buiten de Europese Unie bevindt."


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Arrête :
Article 1er. Dans l'article 21 de l'arrêté ministériel du 28 octobre 2020 portant des mesures d'urgence pour limiter la propagation du coronavirus COVID-19, le paragraphe 2bis est remplacé par ce qui suit:
« Par dérogation aux paragraphes 1er et 2, tous les voyages vers la Belgique au départ du Royaume-Uni par le biais des transports de passagers sont interdits, le 22 décembre 2020.
Par dérogation aux paragraphes 1er et 2, sont uniquement autorisés, du 23 décembre 2020 au 31 décembre 2020 inclus:
1° les voyages vers la Belgique au départ du Royaume-Uni des personnes ayant la nationalité belge et des personnes ayant leur résidence principale en Belgique;
2° les voyages suivants qui sont strictement nécessaires et qui ne peuvent pas être reportés vers la Belgique au départ du Royaume-Uni des personnes autres que celles visées au 1°, le cas échéant sur présentation d'une attestation délivrée par l'employeur:
a) les déplacements professionnels des professionnels de la santé, des chercheurs dans le domaine de la santé et des professionnels de la prise en charge des personnes âgées;
b) les déplacements professionnels du personnel de transport;
c) les déplacements des diplomates, le personnel des organisations internationales et les personnes qui sont invitées par des organisations internationales et dont la présence physique est nécessaire pour le bon fonctionnement de ces organisations, le personnel militaire et des forces de l'ordre, le personnel de la protection civile, les travailleurs humanitaires, dans l'exercice de leur fonction;
d) les déplacements professionnels des journalistes;
e) les déplacements pour les raisons familiales impératives suivantes:
- les voyages justifiés par le regroupement familial;
- les visites à un conjoint ou un partenaire légal résidant, pour des raisons professionnelles ou personnelles, les conjoints ou les partenaires vivent séparés;
- les voyages dans le cadre de la coparentalité;
- les voyages dans le cadre de funérailles ou de crémations en cas de premier et deuxième degré de parenté;
3° les voyages de transit en Belgique en cas de trafic aérien au départ du Royaume-Uni, pour autant que la destination finale se trouve en dehors de l'Union européenne.»

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Ban for flights from South Africa to the Netherlands:
https://www.government.nl/latest/news/2 ... uth-africa
Immediate ban on flights from South Africa
News item | 21-12-2020 | 23:00

The government has decided to impose an immediate ban on flights from South Africa. The ban took effect this evening, 21 December 2020, at 21.00 Dutch time, and will remain in force until 1 January at the latest. Flights carrying cargo and medical staff will still be permitted.

The Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, imposed the ban to prevent the spread of a new infectious variant of coronavirus that is circulating in South Africa. The decision follows the imposition last weekend of a ban on flights from the United Kingdom and a ban on ferries carrying passengers from the United Kingdom. The measures are aimed at restricting travel from regions where variants of coronavirus are circulating.

The government’s decision means that two flights from South Africa that were scheduled to arrive in the Netherlands on Tuesday morning, each carrying around 120 passengers, are not going ahead. Contacts are taking place with the airlines concerned. Dutch nationals who are unable to return from South Africa are advised to find a safe place to stay.

As soon as possible, the government wants to make it obligatory for all passengers, including EU residents, to hold a negative test certificate in order to be allowed on board. At present, this requirement only applies to people from non-Schengen countries. Once the requirement has been introduced for all passengers, the ban on flights from South Africa can be lifted. The ban will be withdrawn before 1 January 2021 if effective European measures are put in place to prevent the introduction of the virus.
Additional info - Dutch only:
https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/binaries/r ... afrika.pdf

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The European Commission adopted a new proposal on slot allocation that grants aviation stakeholders much-needed relief from airport slot use requirements for the summer 2021 scheduling season.
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Passenger wrote: 22 Dec 2020, 09:16 Ban for flights from South Africa to the Netherlands:
https://www.government.nl/latest/news/2 ... uth-africa
Immediate ban on flights from South Africa
News item | 21-12-2020 | 23:00

The government has decided to impose an immediate ban on flights from South Africa. The ban took effect this evening, 21 December 2020, at 21.00 Dutch time, and will remain in force until 1 January at the latest. Flights carrying cargo and medical staff will still be permitted.

The Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, imposed the ban to prevent the spread of a new infectious variant of coronavirus that is circulating in South Africa. The decision follows the imposition last weekend of a ban on flights from the United Kingdom and a ban on ferries carrying passengers from the United Kingdom. The measures are aimed at restricting travel from regions where variants of coronavirus are circulating.

The government’s decision means that two flights from South Africa that were scheduled to arrive in the Netherlands on Tuesday morning, each carrying around 120 passengers, are not going ahead. Contacts are taking place with the airlines concerned. Dutch nationals who are unable to return from South Africa are advised to find a safe place to stay.

As soon as possible, the government wants to make it obligatory for all passengers, including EU residents, to hold a negative test certificate in order to be allowed on board. At present, this requirement only applies to people from non-Schengen countries. Once the requirement has been introduced for all passengers, the ban on flights from South Africa can be lifted. The ban will be withdrawn before 1 January 2021 if effective European measures are put in place to prevent the introduction of the virus.
Additional info - Dutch only:
https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/binaries/r ... afrika.pdf
The government of the Netherlands has ended the travel ban from the U.K. and from South Africa. It has been replaced with a negative PCR test (72 hours) before boarding, and an advice to go into quarantine:
https://www.government.nl/topics/corona ... uth-africa

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Brussels Airlines will resume flights to/from the UK from Wednesday

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/luft ... wednesday/
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Daily review:

Airbus is set to beat Boeing to be the world’s largest jet maker for the second year in a row, though its final deliveries are likely to have dropped 35% from 2019 due to the pandemic. And the 737MAX grounding!

American Airlines is beginning the phased return of furloughed workers after the US Congress passed a COVID-19 aid package with US$15 billion in payroll support for airlines.

Lessor Avation from Singapore has provided support to 14 airline customers with agreements to defer a total of US$13.7 million. The lessor has mitigated this impact on cash flow with secured lenders agreeing to reschedule $26.5 million of loan amortization. As at today’s date, seven airline customers have returned to normal monthly rental levels.

IndiGo may soon start rehiring as the domestic services are likely to return to pre-pandemic levels by February 2021. The recovery in international capacity will take longer and will be back to normal levels by end of 2021.

Philippine Airlines is suspending flights to and from London to the end of February 2021 as Britain battles a new coronavirus strain.

Portugal’s government approved a resolution that declared that TAP, Portugalia and Cateringpor are in a difficult economic situation, the first step towards the implementation of a restructuring plan.
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Air Europa owner Juan José Hidalgo says the SEPI bailout of €500 million is not a rescue, but rather a six-year loan.

Boeing has deferred its plan to make plane components in India’s southern state of Karnataka from 2022, citing the impact of the crisis on global aviation.

People’s suspends its sole scheduled route from Vienna to Altenrhein until 14 February 2021, due to travel restrictions.

Ryanair Group CEO Michael O’Leary is on the hunt for opportunities to increase the Irish airline’s dominance of European airspace, as the real seismic change from Covid will be the growth opportunities across Europe.

Sichuan Airlines obtained two short-term loans from ICBC, totalling US$152.9 million to help weather the pandemic.

Ukraine International Airlines plans to restore by April 2021 its own route network by 64% of the volume of 2019.

Cambodia’s government has extended tax holidays for airline companies during 1Q 2021 to help offset losses caused by the pandemic.

Indonesia barred international visitors from entering the country for a two-week period to try to keep out a new potentially more contagious coronavirus variant.
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Air Serbia will retire older and less efficient aircraft, including one A320 and one ATR72, as part of the carrier’s restructuring programme. More aircraft may follow, as the airline eyes acquiring newer aircraft due to current values of aircraft.

A Cirium report reveals that the global passenger traffic was down an estimated 67% in 2020 versus 2019 and was reduced to 1999 levels. Only 3.8 million flights flown internationally in 2020; 77% of all flights were domestic. Also, 30% of the global commercial fleet remains in storage.

El Al Israel Airlines notified dozens of pilots and flight attendants that they would return to unpaid leave on 29 December 2020, a week after Israel announced strict quarantine regulations and closed the country to foreigners.

Lao Airlines is suspending all charter flights to and from other countries until 23 January 2021 to reduce the risk of a second wave of COVID-19 triggered by inbound travellers.

Ukraine International Airlines has laid off nearly half of its staff — 1,000 employees out of 2,560 — to “optimise” its work during the pandemic.

Vietnam Airlines to issue nearly US$346 million worth of shares for existing stakeholders to boost its recovery from the impacts of the pandemic and return to profitability by 2023. The issuance will be completed by June 2021 after the carrier received approval from the authorities. All capital raised would pay off outstanding debts.
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Serbian Government increased its ownership stake today in Air Serbia from 51% to 82%, diluting Etihad’s share from 49% to 18%. The move represents a capital increase investment legalised under the state's COVID-19 losses refund scheme.
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As from midnight (31 Dec 00h01), people coming back to Belgium from a country marked as a red zone, must go into quarantine at homer for at least 7 days, depending on the PCR test.
NL:
https://www.info-coronavirus.be/nl/news/occ-30-12/
FR:
https://www.info-coronavirus.be/fr/news/occ-30-12/

Previously, having to go into quarantine was a possibility and not at a certitude.

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Grupo Aeromexico reports that significant progress has been made in Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations with its unions, progress that was necessary to face the adverse effects caused to the airline industry by the global pandemic.
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Braathens Regional Airways secures guarantee for a loan of €20 million from the Swedish National Debt Office. The loan will run for five years, and the guarantee covers 90% of the principal of the loan.

British Airways has received commitments for a 5-year term-loan Export Development Guarantee Facility of £2 billion underwritten by a syndicate of banks, partially guaranteed by UK Export Finance. BA expects to drawdown the facility in January 2021. Parent IAG is also exploring other debt initiatives to improve further its liquidity.

LOT Polish Airlines will reduce employment by no more than 300 people in 1H 2021.
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ANA Holdings is making all-out efforts to plough through turbulence triggered by the pandemic and fly high again through a new restructuring plan worked out in an unusual manner.

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian he continues to expect that the company will achieve positive cash flow by spring 2021.

European Commission Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, Henrik Hololei, says the first months of 2021 will remain extremely difficult for airlines, with some closures likely and reduced travel opportunities as a result.

Winair of the Netherlands Antilles will be granted a loan of €3 million from the government of the Netherlands, following financial difficulties due to the pandemic. The carrier will have to repay the loan in 18 months with an annual interest of 4.41%. The St Martin airport has been used as collateral for the loan.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro issued a provisional measure that extends the term of emergency measures for civil aviation due to the pandemic. The new end date of the period is 31 October 2021.

Saudi Arabia has lifted the temporary travel ban imposed in December 2020 as a precautionary measure following the detection of a mutated type of Covid-19.
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Canaryfly to suspend all its regular inter-island flights from 11 January until 21 March 2021 as a result of the impact that the extension of travel restrictions has had on demand.

Qantas has started taking bookings for international flights from 01 July 2021 as it expects travel demand to pick up.

European Commission has approved German plans to contribute up to US$1.52 billion to the recapitalization of TUI, as part of a wider support package. The measure was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework.

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/tui- ... alise-tui/
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