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IATA estimates $23 billion revenue loss for African & Middle Eastern airlines

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Got an email this afternoon from Ambabel Bamako.
I was supposed to be there but cancelled at last moment.

Translation :
There will be a repatriation flight tomorrow 03APR at midday (time to be specified) bound for Paris.
Places are limited, please confirm quickly before 12 noon if you wish to be on the list, other flights are not currently planned.
Check-in time and departure terminal to be defined,
- 23 kg of checked baggage per person plus hand luggage.
- Drinks, but no food, will be served on board.
- All passengers must have the travel documents necessary to enter the Schengen area.
- All passengers must be in good health. A medical check will be carried out at the check-in of passengers, including the temperature measurement. COVID 19 suspected cases will not be able to register.
- All passengers must present themselves wearing a protective mask (EUCAP cannot provide these masks).
- Our partner in charge of the flight will not be able to take charge of you or accompany you in your efforts when you arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Please note that you must make your arrangements in order to reach Belgium.
- A financial contribution will be requested per passenger, before boarding the plane you must sign an acknowledgment of debt to the Belgian state.

Second email minutes later :
Please note on the last point that the flight organizer requires actual payment on the spot and no acknowledgment of debt.
Plan a maximum of 150 € per passenger or 99,000 FCFA
In the absence of payment, access to the plane will not be authorized.

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Probably good news for those stranded in BKO but Belgians still to hitch-hike at CDG to return home.

No info on who will operate this flight.

Note : (EUCAP cannot provide these masks) EUCAP is an EU mission in Mali to help build the Police force, aside of the EUTM for the military.


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Bordeaux Airport closed for commercial flights until further notice.
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Some good news. Emirates will resume faster certain flights to Europe.

Also to BRU they will fly as from next week Monday 3 times a week. But they will only fly pax from dubai, no pax from BRU

Of course they will take also the opportunity to take a lot of cargo as prices are 5 to 20 times higher now

Source: Luchtvaartnieuws

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Atlantis wrote:
02 Apr 2020, 23:30
Source: Luchtvaartnieuws
No need to go to The Netherlands to find that information. It was readily available on this website ;) :

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/emir ... m-april-6/
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Daily review:

Aeromexico to now reduce April 2020 capacity by 60% for international routes, and 50% for domestic routes.

Air Europa parent Globalia is seeking state aid and a loan of €125 million, while the carrier’s purchase is likely to be delayed as IAG looks to preserve cash.

Air New Zealand will operate a limited domestic schedule from 03 April 2020 to enable essential travel only and to keep air freight moving. Overall, domestic capacity will reduce by 95% YoY.

Airbus, Rolls-Royce and London Heathrow Airport have all written separately to Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, to urge the UK government to support Virgin Atlantic.

American Airlines is offering partial paid leave in April 2020 to nearly 1,500 pilots who volunteered to help the carrier pare down its payrolls following a drop in passenger traffic.

Boeing is set to offer buyout and early retirement packages to employees, in a bid to mitigate the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

British Airways has reached an agreement with trade unions to apply the UK Job Retention Scheme to more than 30,000 cabin crew and ground-based employees in April and May 2020. BA has also reached an agreement with its 4,000 pilots to take four weeks of unpaid leave in April and May.

British Airways is expected to announce the suspension of about 36,000 of its employees, that will include suspension of jobs of 80% of BA’s cabin crew, ground staff, engineers and those working at head office.

EasyJet received confirmation that it is eligible to access funding under the COVID Corporate Financing Facility.

Embraer presented a proposal for a temporary suspension of the employment contract and reduction of wages to workers of their local units, says metalworkers’ union.

IAG has now decided to reduce capacity further to an approximately 90% reduction in April and May 2020 compared to last year. The previous figure was a 75% reduction.

IATA strengthened its call for urgent action from governments in Africa and the Middle East to provide financial relief to airlines as the latest IATA scenario for potential revenue loss by carriers in Africa and the Middle East reached US$23 billion.

Kenya Airways announced it had stopped all passenger flights for the first time in four decades following the shutdown airports in order to curb the spread of coronavirus.

KLM is not considering a break with its parent, Air France-KLM, as the company attempts to cope with the financial consequences of the coronavirus outbreak.

LATAM will only operate 5% of its regularly scheduled passenger flights in April 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis.

Mahogany Air and Proflight Zambia both announced the temporary suspension of operations until 30 April 2020.

RwandAir plans to continue operating “cargo” flights with its aircraft, to generate income amid the global downturn.

SATA to appeal to all the tools at its disposal, including support from the EU, to cover the costs generated by the negative impacts of the pandemic.

TAP Air Portugal announced the suspension of all flights, as 90% of its workforce to take leave due to the effects on demand from the pandemic.

Thai Airways International will stop flying for two months and the company has asked employees to take two months off from 04 April to 31 May 2020.

Ukraine International Airlines will lose US$60 million by the time the nationwide quarantine ends on 24 April 2020, says president Yevgenii Dykhne. UIA is seeking state support.

Australia’s government has no intention granting Virgin Australia a loan for US$852 million. The state is likely to facilitate the entry of a new carrier into the domestic market, rather than bail out the carrier should it not survive.

China’s domestic flights rose by about 20% in March 2020 from the previous month, but that was still less than half the flights before the shutdowns due to the coronavirus, showing the sector is recovering only gradually.
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nordikcam wrote:
28 Mar 2020, 18:36
rwandan-flyer wrote:
28 Mar 2020, 18:24
nordikcam wrote:
28 Mar 2020, 17:46
To see the traffic of flightradar24 currently, we are far from confinement.
And it's not just repatriation flights or cargo ...
As we said in french...on n'est pas sorti de l'auberge !
Some airlines still operating sheculded flights, but it will decrease, from the next week ;), as more and more countries put confinement rules.

Air France should cut all domestic flights, next week, till at least may 2020. Paris Orly will close. More and more French airports are closing. At Roissy we will close the Terminal 1 / Terminal 2C / 2A / 2E gates M (S3).

Only 2F (Air France domestic and UE flights), 2D (because Belavia and Bulgraria Air still serving CDG) and 2E gate K will be open, at least till 6 April 2020. After, probably more terminals will close.

Yesterday, at the work, i saw an Emirates B777-300ER A6-ENM parked at the cargo ramp, at Paris CDG. But no pax, only Emirates containers unloaded and loaded. Aircraft was using the Emirates flights numbers normaly used for the DXB CDG service. But flight wasn't listed on Paris Aeroports website.
If it is "probably" or if it is "next week" then there is no emergency. It is not your fault, of course, rwandan-flyer ... yet I feel a slight runaway of the problem ... even at Boris or at Donald's, that is to say! But maybe I'm wrong. In the meantime the Covid19 can still clearly travel in the lungs of a passenger ...while it is said that 2/3 of humanity is confined ... strange! :roll: :roll:
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28 Mar 2020, 19:22
Decisions to close an airport an airport, are made several days in advance, based on airlines capacities and Air traffic forecasts. Most of projections at this time are based on repatriations flights

In addition, by announcing the closure several days in advance, it enable to the last passengers to organize themselves, to back to the home.

Look at the mess, when Morocco has closed its borders, without warning anyone.

Then you have set up a new organization, for the airport. Because even if an airport is closed to the public, there are still staff working (technicians, safety & security staff, pharmacy, nursery, cleaning staff, air traffic controllers, ...). Companies have to make new work planning in order to maintain a presence of staff, based on Airport needs, beacause you can have cargo, Sanitary Evacuation, and sometimes organ transplant flights.

You can't do this in 24 hours, before the airport closure. There are meeting several days before, the closing. There is no manual to close an airport, during a health crisis, like this.

How do you close an airport? (31Mar2020)

Consequence of the epidemic due to the coronavirus, Orly airport closes its doors Tuesday evening for an indefinite period. It will still continue to accommodate state flights, medical flights and emergency diversions.

[...]

But you don't close an airport like you shut the shutters of a vacation home.
Before deciding "to stop the commercial exploitation of Orly, we first contacted the State, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC), the airlines as well as with the various service providers Who work on the platform, says Michel Landelle, head of operations for the aeronautical areas of Paris Orly.

[...]

Airbus and Airbus Boeing companies will not remain stationary on the tarmac. They will indeed have to do a few turns of the wheels " to avoid the formation of flats on the tires," says Landelle. During their parking, the devices will also be subject to numerous and repeated maintenance operations "every seven to ten days" .

[...]

At Orly, Groupe ADP retains "a team to keep the airport operational and able to resume activity" when the crisis is over. When the green light is given by the authorities, "it will take between two and four days to get the airport going again" .

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All pilots of Tigerair Australia lost their jobs...

Spanish Embassy in Kenya says that 2 flights are outbound Uganda, one of Qatar Airways (Friday), the other one of Brussels Airlines (Saturday) : Stuttgart Airport runway works, earlier than expected :
Due to the corona crisis, the construction project starts earlier than planned. There will be no flight operations at Stuttgart Airport during the early construction work from 6 to 22 April. Flights such as cargo flights with medical goods or rescue flights will be diverted during this phase.

Immediately following the early construction work, the partial renewal of the runway will take place in two phases, each lasting 28 days, starting on 23 April.

From 23 April to 20 May 2020, aircraft will use a shortened runway with a maximum length of 1,965 meters. In this phase, constructions must be carried out during the day and at night in the area directly in front of the interim runway. During this time, there will be no flights between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Overnight airmail flights, rescue flights and other exceptions to the regular night flight restrictions are also not possible.

From 21 May to 17 June 2020, planes will take off and land on a runway that is expected to be 2,475 meters long. During this construction phase, all night flights that are operated in accordance with the applicable night flight restrictions may take off and land again.
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Latest update of the situation of airlines and countries across the Eurocontrol Network:

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There's a mistake, CRL closes until at least 3 May, as we reported...
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Repatriation flight from BKO to CDG, possibly with also Belgians on board, will be operated by a TradeAir A320.
9A-BTH left Zagreb early this morning and is now in Bamako.

An Air France 772 is currently on her way to BKO as well.

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Last update just got from ACI-Africa :

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Please find below a summary of our daily update of 02 April 2020 with respect to the status of COVID-19 in Africa.

• 4 COVID-19-free ACI Africa member countries: Comoros, Lesotho, São Tomé e Principe and St Helena
• 52 ACI Africa member countries affected (93%)
• Total number of COVID-19 cases reached 7,456 on 02 April, an increase of 10.2% on the previous day, representing 0.73% of the total number of cases worldwide.
• 45 African countries have closed their air borders, except for cargo and humanitarian flights.
• 14 countries account for more than 84% of the total number of cases.

Status as at 02 April 2020 - https://www.aci-africa.aero/files/Statu ... -04-20.pdf

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This pdf gives detailed information for each country.

With all due respect to those affected, the numbers of cases and fatalities still seem eerily low.


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Daily review (in addition to what is available on the homepage or earlier on this thread)

Aeromar reduced by 50% the capacity onboard their aircraft, so that passengers can maintain a safe distance apart.

Airbus is studying a sharp cut in output of its A320neo family in light of industrial and delivery challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis. Suppliers have been asked to slow their stream of parts by 40% to a rate compatible with production of 36 jets a month in the near term.

Airports Council International expects the aviation industry recovery may take a year to 18 months to reach pre-crisis traffic levels and the industry may not record pre-pandemic traffic volumes again before the end of 2021.

Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines and Sun Country have raised objections to a US DOT requirement that airlines maintain minimal services if they accept government aid.

American Airlines Group will suspend more than 60% of international capacity for the peak summer travel season YoY, and suspend 25 total summer seasonal flights until summer 2021.

Lessor Avolon has received requests from more than 80% of its current owned and managed customer base for relief from payment obligations under their leases. The average rent deferral is for three months.

Cathay Pacific will make further cuts to passenger capacity because of low demand, leaving it with just two flights a week each to four long-haul destinations in April 2020.

Fiji Link has suspended all flights between Nadi and Suva, due to the lockdown of the Capital announced by the Fijian Government. The ATR fleet is also available for regional charter for freight or evacuation services.

IATA is urging Asia-Pacific states to take urgent action to provide financial support to their airline industry impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Major Asia-Pacific states could see passenger demand in 2020 reduced by between 34-44%.

JPMorgan says book values of aircraft could decline as much as 40% due to the crisis, making valuing lessors both more complicated and complex.

Pobeda has no plans to go into debt due to the coronavirus. Flights have been suspended for two months.

Swissport has lost 70 to 80% of its global business suite to the paralysis of air transport because of the pandemic. The airport services provider intends to leave or temporarily laid off 60% of its workforce by the end of April 2020.

Thai Airways International employees will cease work and take a pay cut from 10%-40% as the carrier deals with the pandemic effects.

United Airlines says its revenue is down by over US$100 million a day as planes fly with around just 15% of seats filled this week. Should aircraft be retired as a result, the B757s and B767s would be the first to go, as well as some A320s.

Virgin Australia is contemplating closing the Melbourne base of subsidiary Tigerair and is discussing the pilots’ future with their union.

VivaAerobus will adjust its flights between 50-70% and temporarily suspend flights from Mexico City to New York.
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I hope that the impact of this crisis/"war", will see LCCs disappear when/if people realize at long last that this crazy flying around is complete nonsense. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that flying should be reserved for the rich. I just think that it is not reasonable and acceptable that you can, for instance, fly for 49.90 euros (or less) return to Venice or Barcelona. Pricing has to become realistic again. Fly less, fly better (better = more comfortably, i.e. less cramped seating, knowing also that the people making your flight possible are getting proper wages and working conditions and that we can be more respectful of human beings and nature). I am already hearing voices saying that this will cost a lot of jobs. Yes, but if we start to reindustrialize Europe and get jobs back here instead of buying, for instance, clothes from the other side of the world where wages and working conditions are a misery, clothes which are sometimes cheaper to throw away than to have them dry cleaned, we'll create jobs here. I sincerely hope that in all sectors of economy, after this horrible crisis which is far from being fully controlled and eradicated, after this "war", people will put emphasis on quality not on quantity. And rogue economic actors should no longer be tolerated. (I'm curious to see the reactions !).

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According to De Standaard, the Belgian aviation sector has put requests in for amost half a billion euro in support measures to survive the lock down:
https://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20200403_04912684
Brussels Airlines is asking for €290m as already reported
TUI Airlines Belgium €250m (!)
Swissport €40m
Aviapartner €18m
Most urgent case is reportedly Swissport, most surprising TUI (as well as the amount needed to survive, btw)

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Homo Aeroportus wrote:
03 Apr 2020, 15:48
Last update just got from ACI-Africa :

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Please find below a summary of our daily update of 02 April 2020 with respect to the status of COVID-19 in Africa.

• 4 COVID-19-free ACI Africa member countries: Comoros, Lesotho, São Tomé e Principe and St Helena
• 52 ACI Africa member countries affected (93%)
• Total number of COVID-19 cases reached 7,456 on 02 April, an increase of 10.2% on the previous day, representing 0.73% of the total number of cases worldwide.
• 45 African countries have closed their air borders, except for cargo and humanitarian flights.
• 14 countries account for more than 84% of the total number of cases.

Status as at 02 April 2020 - https://www.aci-africa.aero/files/Statu ... -04-20.pdf

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This pdf gives detailed information for each country.

With all due respect to those affected, the numbers of cases and fatalities still seem eerily low.


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Thanks for the info.

In deed, but Africa lacks of infrastructure and it's possible that, the number of case is high. Africa has less flights to China and Asia, than Europe and North America. Trafic is less important. Most of cases in Africa, come from Europe (France, Belgium or UK) or United States, where the trafic is bigger.

However don't forget also that Africa has probably learned the lesson, from Ebola outbreak, in mid 2010s. Many countries closed their boarders or put lots of restrictions and temperature check at the airport. I remmember, in 2014, i flown from Paris to Kigali via Doha and when we landed at Kigali, Qatar Airways crew informed us, that Rwanda put drastic rules, against Ebola.
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04 Apr 2020, 08:28
According to De Standaard, the Belgian aviation sector has put requests in for amost half a billion euro in support measures to survive the lock down:
https://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20200403_04912684
Brussels Airlines is asking for €290m as already reported
TUI Airlines Belgium €250m (!)
Swissport €40m
Aviapartner €18m
Most urgent case is reportedly Swissport, most surprising TUI (as well as the amount needed to survive, btw)
TUI is also hardly hit by the grounding of the B737Max.

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American Airlines postpones its launch of Chicago O'Hare - Kraków route, supposed to be on 7 May 2020 to 2021.

Kenya Airways requests an urgent support of the Kenyan government.

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OO-LOE (TUI Belgium 787-8) planned to do a corona repat flight Surinam-Curaçao-Amsterdam, is grounded at PBM (Paramaribo, Surinam). Technical failure, expected delay 24 hours.
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airc ... e#244f2a21

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Rumour of Cathay Pacific cutting Hong Kong - Brussels route after the current crisis.
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