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Re: Impact of the coronavirus on aviation

Post by Passenger » 28 Feb 2020, 19:54

ITB Berlin has just been cancelled:
Important Announcements regarding Coronavirus - Update: Coronavirus 28.02.2020

ITB Berlin 2020 will not take place. Due to the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Economics have decided to cancel ITB Berlin. The responsible health authority of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf of Berlin has increased the requirements for the event to take place early this evening (18:27). Among other things, the authority orders Every trade fair participant must prove to Messe Berlin that they do not come from the defined risk areas or have had contact with a person from the risk areas. Messe Berlin is unable to implement all these requirements.

Messe Berlin has been pointing out for weeks that the decision to hold or cancel major events can only be made on the basis of the recommendation or instruction of the relevant authorities. Only these authorities have all the necessary information and expertise to draw the right conclusions.

Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin GmbH, said: "With more than 10,000 exhibitors from over 180 countries, ITB Berlin is of outstanding importance for the global tourism industry. We take our responsibility for the health and safety of our guests, exhibitors and employees very seriously. It is with a heavy heart that we look forward to the cancellation of ITB Berlin 2020, which has now become necessary".

The Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Messe Berlin Wolf-Dieter Wolf explains: "In their now 54-year history ITB Berlin and Messe Berlin have never before experienced a comparable situation. We would like to thank all exhibitors and partners around the world who have supported ITB Berlin in the past days and weeks, and look forward to continuing our trusting cooperation with our partners in the market".

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus on aviation

Post by luchtzak » 28 Feb 2020, 20:11

And the Geneva International Motor Show

The 90th edition of the GIMS, which was supposed to welcome the media from next Monday and the general public from 5 to 15 March 2020, will now finally not take place. This is an injonction decision of the Federal Council of 28 February 2020 that no events with more than 1,000 people are allowed to take place until 15 March 2020. The decision falls 3 days before the opening of the exhibition to the media.

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Airlines suspending or readjusting routes due to Coronavirus

Post by jan_olieslagers » 28 Feb 2020, 20:36

As for the Geneva motor show being cancelled: that is just one more indication of the virus outbreak affecting the complete economy and the complete society, far beyond our little domain of (commercial) aviation.

The impact on commercial air transport seems to be huge indeed, IATA publishes quite panicky reports about both passenger and cargo transportation. Many airlines being already in financial trouble, this added problem could well be a death blow to several. Not to mention the B737MAX catastrophe - no airline will be in a hurry now to put this type into service, given the wide and relatively inexpensive availability of better proven airframes.

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus on aviation

Post by Passenger » 28 Feb 2020, 20:59

ITB Berlin was 04-08 March. I hope for the thousands of overseas visitors that they hadn't departed yet, because even for the industry, air tickets to the ITB are expensive. Let's hope airlines show their goodwill now...

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Post by jan_olieslagers » 28 Feb 2020, 21:09

Let's hope airlines show their goodwill now...
Hm, that sounds like a nice wish, I can only agree. Only, it seems that the highly competitive market leaves less and less room for goodwill. More's the pity, of course.

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Post by TLspotting » 29 Feb 2020, 13:13

Aeroflot to operate flights to/from Iran and South Korea from Terminal F of Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/aero ... o-airport/

In order to counteract the economic effects at an early stage, Lufthansa adopts a package of measures to lower costs

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/luft ... wer-costs/
easyJet is scrapping flights, especially to Northern Italy

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/easy ... ern-italy/

Finnair revises its outlook for the financial year 2020 and issues a profit warning

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/finn ... t-warning/

Lufthansa announces drastic flight cancellations (up to 25%) and reduced working hours

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/luft ... ing-hours/

Brussels Airlines reduces frequencies to Northern Italy by 30% from 2 to 14 March

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/luft ... -14-march/
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Re: Impact of the coronavirus on aviation

Post by Atlantis » 29 Feb 2020, 14:24

It is now confirmed that HNA will be taken over by the government of the Hainan province.

There will be a few options with 2 possible important once:

1. They will rescue them and let them stay independent
2. They will let them merge in one of the several big ones

Let's hope that we will not lose the connections with China after the lost of 3 connections with India with Jetairways

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Post by sn26567 » 29 Feb 2020, 16:26

Alitalia reduces flights on 38 routes as coronavirus deters passengers

The carrier said in a statement seats on the domestic Genoa-Rome route were currently 62% unoccupied compared to an average of 34% previously.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-coro ... SKCN20M2MC
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Post by Inquirer » 29 Feb 2020, 22:01

Atlantis wrote:
29 Feb 2020, 14:24
It is now confirmed that HNA will be taken over by the government of the Hainan province.

There will be a few options with 2 possible important once:

1. They will rescue them and let them stay independent
2. They will let them merge in one of the several big ones

Let's hope that we will not lose the connections with China after the lost of 3 connections with India with Jetairways
Not willing to sound like an alarmist, but it you look at the pace and the depth at which European airlines are cutting back also regional flying, I think BRU will soon have other worries than losing some connection to the PRC...

I have no figures, but circumstantial evidence points to booking numbers simply falling through the floor everywhere right now, which wouldn't surprise me at all, given the travel ban issued by many big companies.

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus on aviation

Post by Atlantis » 29 Feb 2020, 22:21

Inquirer wrote:
29 Feb 2020, 22:01
Atlantis wrote:
29 Feb 2020, 14:24
It is now confirmed that HNA will be taken over by the government of the Hainan province.

There will be a few options with 2 possible important once:

1. They will rescue them and let them stay independent
2. They will let them merge in one of the several big ones

Let's hope that we will not lose the connections with China after the lost of 3 connections with India with Jetairways
Not willing to sound like an alarmist, but it you look at the pace and the depth at which European airlines are cutting back also regional flying, I think BRU will soon have other worries than losing some connection to the PRC...

I have no figures, but circumstantial evidence points to booking numbers simply falling through the floor everywhere right now, which wouldn't surprise me at all, given the travel ban issued by many big companies.
Travelling in whole Europe is falling down badly, international too

The landscape will look different

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus on aviation

Post by Poiu » 01 Mar 2020, 09:03

Inquirer wrote:
29 Feb 2020, 22:01

Not willing to sound like an alarmist, but it you look at the pace and the depth at which European airlines are cutting back also regional flying, I think BRU will soon have other worries than losing some connection to the PRC...

I have no figures, but circumstantial evidence points to booking numbers simply falling through the floor everywhere right now, which wouldn't surprise me at all, given the travel ban issued by many big companies.
Hainan has been struggling for a long time and even without Corona their future would have been very uncertain.
I am afraid others could follow indeed.

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus on aviation

Post by sn26567 » 01 Mar 2020, 12:22

American Airlines is suspending flights to Milan through April 24, the first U.S. carrier to do so after today's heightened travel alert for northern Italy.

Turkey has suspended all flights to Iran, Italy and South Korea effective 1 March due to coronavirus outbreak.

A Luxembourg passenger arriving from Italy at Charleroi Airport has been tested positive - Another new case in Belgium

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/coro ... n-belgium/
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Re: Impact of the coronavirus on aviation

Post by globetrotter » 01 Mar 2020, 21:35

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26 Feb 2020, 13:56
Turkish and Egypt Air are resuming China but will only serve Beijing.
Turkish Airlines has once again suspended China, they had resumed Beijing just a few days ago, Iran is also suspended and now they have also stopped flights to Italy, Iraq and Korea, with Japan being looked at for suspension as well.

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Post by sn26567 » 02 Mar 2020, 15:14

Cathay Pacific Group has 120 planes sitting on the tarmac at any given time, accounting for about half of its fleet, and has scrapped more than 75% of its weekly flights in March 2020. Further cuts in flight schedules are expected.

Lufthansa Group suspends flights to mainland China and reduces frequencies to Hong Kong and Seoul until April 24, 2020

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/luft ... l-24-2020/

KLM cancels more flights to China and Hong Kong

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/air- ... hong-kong/

Austrian Airlines is experiencing a sharp drop in demand within Europe and above all to Italy. For this reason, 40% of the offer to Italy in March and April 2020 will be cancelled.

China Southern has resumed more than 60% of its domestic flights, as economic activities start to resume amid the fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic. Nevertheless, the airline has suspended flights connecting Guangzhou, Changsha and Nairobi, due to drop in demand.

El Al Israeli Airlines is prepared to let go 1,000 of the company’s 6,300 employees, citing financial losses due to the global coronavirus outbreak and diminished travel. The epidemic could result in US$70 million in lost revenue from January to April 2020.

Hainan Airlines will resume nearly 2,000 domestic flights in a week amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Icelandair Group says its guidance provided to the market on 06 February 2020 no longer applies due to this uncertainty of the possible impact of the coronavirus on operations.
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Post by TLspotting » 02 Mar 2020, 20:57

UA offers to pilots a month off.
sn26567 wrote:
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American Airlines is suspending flights to Milan through April 24, the first U.S. carrier to do so after today's heightened travel alert for northern Italy.
Delta follows : Milan suspended until 1 May.

BA :

Shanghai suspended until 18 April
Seoul suspended until 27 March
Italy and Singapore routes with an important decrease of frequency.

And cancels many flights to the USA due to the reduced demand.

Turkish :

- suspends :
Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen - Milan
SAW - Rome
(both supposed to be taken over by Anadolujet from 29 March)

- Reduces from Istanbul IST to :
Rome, Milan, Napoli, Venice, Catania, Bologna and Bari.

Tajikistan informed airlines that it will deny entry to citizens of 35 countries including the USA, the UK, China, Iran, Japan and France.
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Post by TLspotting » 02 Mar 2020, 20:58

Ryanair to cancel up to 25% of Italian short-haul flights from 17 March to 8 April

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/ryan ... o-8-april/

Wizz Air cut total Italian capacity by 60% until 02 April 2020.

Philippine Airlines terminated some 300 employees, as the company incurs losses primarily due to the travel bans caused by the coronavirus.

Austrian Airlines is experiencing a sharp drop in demand within Europe and above all to Italy. For this reason, 40% of the offer to Italy in March and April 2020 will be cancelled.
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Re: Cancelled services and discontinued routes in 2020

Post by Flighttracking » 03 Mar 2020, 08:58

British Airways and Ryanair have become the latest airlines to cancel flights due to a drop in demand caused by Covid-19.

This includes BA flights between Heathrow and New York's JFK airport, Italy, France, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland.

The airline has also cancelled flights between Gatwick and Italy, France and Albania, as well as London City flights to and from Germany and Italy.

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus on aviation

Post by rwandan-flyer » 03 Mar 2020, 18:35

SAS suspends all its flights to Milan, Bologna and Turin, from March 4 to 16, 2020, on the recommendation of the Danish Government. The company suspends its flights to Hong Kong, from March 5: https://www.flysas.com/en/traffic-infor ... pJnftcMdt4

Kenya suspends all flights between Kenya and northern Italy, effective today. There are charter flights between Milan and Mombasa and Verona and Mombasa. For the moment the Kenya Airways service to Rome is not impacted: https://twitter.com/OliverMathenge/stat ... 56/photo/1

Finnair suspends all its flights to Milan, from 9MAR to 7APR: https://www.finnair.com/fi-en/flight-in ... BZ-VUAwUNM

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Re: Impact of the coronavirus on aviation

Post by sn26567 » 03 Mar 2020, 22:47

Strangely enough, during the Airlines for Europe Summit today at Brussels, the coronavirus crisis was not mentioned in the presentation to the press, though it is severely affecting the airline industry. But during the Q&As session, most questions were about that topic.

Willie Walsh (IAG) replied that airlines were doing the utmost to prevent the disease to spread, reducing flights being the best response. Michael O'Leary (Ryanair) commented: "Let's take the Coronavirus hit, rather than discounting to fill aircraft and encouraging unnecessary travel." He expects the crisis to be forgotten in a few weeks.

Thomas Reynaert (A4E) said IATA had demanded that the 80/20 slot allocation rule be suspended (which is currently refused by the European Commission in expectation of further data). Nevertheless, the airline CEOs call on regulators to act fast and to temporarily suspend slot use rules.

Walsh added that the coronavirus crisis should not be an excuse for weak airlines to ask for State aid. Carsten Spohr (Lufthansa) mentioned that the number of aircraft grounded changes on a daily basis and is constantly adapted to the needs.

https://www.aviation24.be/organisations ... al-summit/
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Post by sn26567 » 03 Mar 2020, 23:20

The White House will hold meetings this week with top executives from US airlines and the cruise industry amid the growing coronavirus outbreak.

Google is halting international travel for all employees worldwide due to coronavirus concerns.
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