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rwandan-flyer wrote: 05 Aug 2020, 21:52 Italy threatens Ryanair with flight ban over COVID-19 safety rules
Italy's civil aviation authority ENAC threatened to suspend Ryanair's permit to fly to the country citing non-compliance with COVID-19 safety rules. ENAC said in a statement that "Ryanair systematically does not comply" with national regulations to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission when flying to and from Italian airports.
https://www.euronews.com/2020/08/05/ita ... fety-rules
Passenger wrote: 29 Jul 2020, 17:03 Covid-19 contaminated couple boards Ryanair flight in Manchester
On 16th July 2020, a Türkish couple boarded Ryanair flight FR-1145, operated by Malta Air Boeing 737-800 9H-QAI. During boarding, the 50-year old man and the 45-year old woman already showed first symptoms of the virus: soar throat and coughing. After landing at Berlin Schönefeld, the couple simply drove home to their four children (9-21) and mother-in-law. Only after six days, the went to visit a doctor. The same day, the Berlin Health Service “Gesundheidamt Berlin Spandau” asked Ryanair for the contact details of the other passengers, in order to do the tracking & tracing. Ryanair only replied with a GDPR filtered (thus useless) list of surnames and first names. “There was no feedback”, Gudrun Widders, medical doctor of the Gesundheitsamt Berlin, reported to Bild Zeiting (“Es gab keine Rückmeldung”). Only on 27th July, Ryanair finally provided the full contact details.

A Ryanair spokeswoman said to Aviation24.be: “... We received the request from the Health Department of the Berlin-Spandau District Office on July 22nd and Ryanair responded the same day with the appropriate documentation to release the flight manifest under GDPR regulations. The German health authorities only followed up 5 days later (July 27th) and we supplied the requested passenger details”.

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https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/ryan ... in-berlin/
https://www.bz-berlin.de/berlin/nach-ur ... -alarm-aus
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... ster-visit

We can’t blame Manchester Airport and Ryanair for not having observed that the passengers were coughing. But it was malicious from Ryanair, not to provide the contact & tracing details upon first request. Airlines should avoid such incidents to avoid a full flight ban.

It’s really business as usual - as if Covid-19 doens't exist - for Ryanair.

Newspaper De Standaard reports that the Belgian Social Inspection has inspected the Ryanair offices at CRL Charleroi Airport, and that they have identified multiple violations against Covid-19 rules:
- information to staff about precautions is inadequate;
- staff must buy their masks and disinfectant gel themselves;
- social disting is not respected;
- not all pilots wear face masks;
- lunch room is not cleaned when used, and even not ventilated.

The Social Inspection has issued a formal warning, and they will use other means when Ryanair doesn’t comply to the rules.

As usual, Ryanair told De Standaard that they respect the EASA guidelines.

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Air Europa is in talks with the Spanish government to secure loans by the end of August 2020, so the carrier can rebalance its balance sheet.

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian warned of furloughs in “the tens of thousands” for the airline industry if Congress is unable to end the stalemate on another round of coronavirus stimulus.

Fiji Airways has extended the cancellation of scheduled international services through to the end of September 2020 due to ongoing border closures and travel restrictions as a consequence of the pandemic.

Tunisair to establish an urgent, short-term rescue plan aimed at assessing the financial situation of the carrier.

Argentina to push back the return of domestic flights until November 2020, and the Minister of Transport added flights may get pushed back indefinitely until a vaccine for Covid-19 is available.
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IATA has released new forecasts. For employment & GDP it's aviation and tourism, included

For Belgium


-63% pax traffic drop

-19,000,000 pax planned for this year. So porbably BRU trafic will be around 10M, for 2020. Probably at the same level, that in early 90s : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brussels_Airport

68 900 jobs threatened

Impact on GDP: - 6 590 000 000 billion USD

2 700 trillion euros in losses for airlines

https://www.iata.org/en/pressroom/pr/2020-08-13-01/

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Interesting facebook post of the flight Warschau-Brussels yesterday. Unfortunately in Dutch.

https://www.facebook.com/1000014688009 ... 14758/?d=n

About the almost empty plane and the feelings of the crew about this.

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Review of the last three days:

Air France HOP to cut 1,000 jobs as the domestic network will be reduced by 40%.

Air Namibia announced that all domestic flights have been suspended for the next 18 days and will resume on 30 August 2020 due to travel restrictions.

Air New Zealand has put a further hold on bookings to Australia due to Australian government restrictions.

Air Tahiti to delay planned service resumption to Cook Islands, its sole International route. The Papeete – Rarotonga service to resume on 07 November 2020.

American Airlines is preparing to scrap flights serving two dozen medium and small cities as the expiration of federal coronavirus aid that placed restrictions on carriers from cutting service approaches.

Aviation Week says deliveries of commercial aircraft over the next ten years will be 30% lower than previously forecast It now sees just under 16,000 jets delivered between 2021 and 2030

CAE (the Canadian flight simulator company) is in advanced discussions with airlines about doing more training of their pilots after the company reported a bigger than expected quarterly loss due to COVID-19.

Lufthansa has walked away from talks with union Verdi over a package to cut staff costs and would only return to the negotiating table if Verdi offers significant labour cost savings.

Lufthansa has not provided enough information about its liquidity planning, so the Federal Ministry of Economics has refused to approve the €2 billion loan from Austria, Belgium and Switzerland.

Southwest Airlines chief executive Gary Kelly said he does not expect the airline will be profitable in 2020 amid the pandemic, snapping a 47-year streak of posting consecutive full-year profits.

Sunclass Airlines will have to adjust its business further, and this will cut 200 employees in Denmark.

TAP Air Portugal to resume its operations in October 2020, with 666 flights planned on 82 routes, including returning service from Chicago O’Hare, San Francisco International, and New York’s JFK.

TUI fly confirms the deferral of 61 aircraft deliveries enabling its fleet capacity to be flexed to all demand scenarios as the market recovers post COVID-19.

TUI fly Germany has removed planned long-haul services from Dusseldorf, which was scheduled to commence in November 2020 with B787-8.
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We see most airlines storing for undefined periods their A380’s. Or even withdrawing them from service. Presumingly because they are too big / costly for the low current passenger demand. Anybody knows what happens with most 748 PAX fleet ? FR24 shows some activity of the LH fleet, what is so different of operating some A380’s ? Has the 748 a cost advantage ? Or other advantage ?

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N77014 wrote: 16 Aug 2020, 09:03 We see most airlines storing for undefined periods their A380’s. Or even withdrawing them from service. Presumingly because they are too big / costly for the low current passenger demand. Anybody knows what happens with most 748 PAX fleet ? FR24 shows some activity of the LH fleet, what is so different of operating some A380’s ? Has the 748 a cost advantage ? Or other advantage ?
the 747-8 actually has a little bit more cargo space and has a lower operating cost while doing so.

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Air Europa is finalising with the pilots a labour agreement regarding the temporary employment regulation file that has been applied.

Jet2 announced that more than 100 pilot jobs are on the line as talks with the BALPA union crumbled.

LAM will resume commercial flights to Europe, with the Maputo – Lisbon route beginning from 25 August 2020 with A330-300.

SWISS has again launched regular flights between Zurich and Moscow, from 15 August 2020, as restrictions ease.

Uzbekistan Airways has resumed domestic operation, initially operating three routes to/from Tashkent on 15 August 2020.

Wizz Air UK has confirmed the restart of its London Luton flights to Moscow., as Russian travel restrictions ease.

Indonesia’s government is reviewing the stimulus for the aviation industry which has been affected by the pandemic, with at least US$24.8 million is needed by 2020 end.
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Can someone explain this ?
"Ryanair cuts flight schedules by 20% in September and October as bookings drop due to restrictions"
Is the aviation world still in total denial ?
Passenger drop is >50% and they still create new routes and pretend schedule will only change by 20% ?
Driving in the wall at 300Kmh ?
My messages reflect my personal opinion which may be different than yours. I beleive a forum is made to create a debate so I encourage people to express themselves, the way they want, with the ideas they want. I expect the same understanding in return.

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Acid-drop wrote: 18 Aug 2020, 10:03 Can someone explain this ?
"Ryanair cuts flight schedules by 20% in September and October as bookings drop due to restrictions"
Is the aviation world still in total denial ?
Passenger drop is >50% and they still create new routes and pretend schedule will only change by 20% ?
Driving in the wall at 300Kmh ?
I think it needs to be understood as :
“Ryanair cuts flight schedule by a FURTHER 20%”

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Porobably less flights between Switzerland and Belgium, for both SN and LX

BREAKING: Arrivals to Switzerland from Spanish islands and Belgium must quarantine from Thursday

Swiss health officials added Spain’s Balearic Islands - including popular tourist destinations Majorca and Ibiza - and Belgium, along with a handful of other countries, to its compulsory quarantine list on Tuesday.

https://www.thelocal.com/20200818/arriv ... m-thursday

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Air Algerie should benefit from direct support from the government, who is committed to the airline.

Boeing to offer employees a voluntary layoff package with pay and benefits for the second time in 2020, as the planemaker battles a coronavirus-induced slowdown in global air travel.

Qatar Airways has paid out over US$1.2 billion in refunds to almost 600,000 passengers since March 2020.

Ghana plans to reopen Kotoka International Airport by 01 September 2020 as travel restrictions ease.
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Aeromexico plans to reduce its fleet from 4Q 2020, and focus on a more simplified, efficient and higher-density fleet. Exact details were not mentioned.

El Al Israel Airlines has extended flight suspension until 30 September 2020 even though Israel began to gradually open its skies to international flights. El Al is preparing a US$150 million share offering in the coming weeks, as it negotiates a government bailout to avoid bankruptcy amid the pandemic.

Singapore Airlines Group has published its flying schedule for October 2020, reaching approximately 8% of its pre-Covid-19 levels – up from 7% this month and September.

TAP Air Portugal has €750,000 in assets seized in Germany because the carrier has not paid the outstanding compensation to German customers.

Italy to allocate €250 million to airlines for pandemic aid, with €200 million for Alitalia, the remaining €50 million divided between Neos, Blue Panorama and Air Dolomiti.
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sn26567 wrote: 19 Aug 2020, 23:15 Daily review:

TAP Air Portugal has €750,000 in assets seized in Germany because the carrier has not paid the outstanding compensation to German customers.
Hi, can you give a link about this news, i can't find a source. Thanks
Aeromexico plans to reduce its fleet from 4Q 2020, and focus on a more simplified, efficient and higher-density fleet. Exact details were not mentioned
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https://aeromexico.com/cms/sites/defaul ... ressed.pdf

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rwandan-flyer wrote: 20 Aug 2020, 09:42
sn26567 wrote: 19 Aug 2020, 23:15 Daily review:

TAP Air Portugal has €750,000 in assets seized in Germany because the carrier has not paid the outstanding compensation to German customers.
Hi, can you give a link about this news, i can't find a source. Thanks
https://www.de24.news/2020/08/flightrig ... ounts.html
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Air Europa announced the cancellation of flights to and from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay, and Peru scheduled for September 2020 due to restrictions.

American Airlines Group will adjust its October 2020 schedule to remove service to 15 markets as a result of low demand and the expiration of the air service requirements associated with the CARES Act.

Emirates plans to serve all of its 143 destinations by the summer of 2021, with the frequency of flights depending on demand.

Hawaiian Airlines eliminated 185 management positions and says more than 2,000 of its union workers are still at risk of losing their jobs in the coming weeks.

Wideroe to begin closing some routes and cutting frequencies as the Norwegian government will end the financial assistance to the carrier in October 2020.

Costa Rica announces the gradual opening to the reception of commercial flights from the US on 01 September 2020.

Germany’s main aviation industry group has proposed the creation of limited air-travel corridors between the major US and European hubs, a bid to crack open the nearly dormant market for trans-Atlantic flight.

Senegal’s government has allocated a total of US$139 million to the tourism and air transport sectors to support production tools, preserve more than 100,000 jobs and prepare for the post-Covid-19 recovery.
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Air Calédonie expects a loss of around €9 million for 2020 and warns it may have to suspend operations if borders do not open soon. The carrier needs to train pilots and perform maintenance on one of its ATRs.

Aircalin of New Caledonia warns it may halt operations if government action is not taken to stop the losses. The carrier has recorded more than €5 million in monthly losses on average since March 2020, along with an 80% drop in turnover. The carrier expects better results in 2025.

Lessor BOC Aviation says most of its airline clients have resumed aircraft lease payments, a sign of cautious optimism, after deferring payments when the pandemic struck this year.

Croatia Airlines is in talks with Airbus over the cancellation of its order for four A320neos, scheduled to delivery in 2022-23.

National Airlines Council of Canada issues a request for help from the new federal finance minister, as tens of thousands of people have been laid off, countless flights grounded this summer, and communities have been cut off from airline service.

Swissport has secured €300 million of extra liquidity from senior secured creditors that will support operations while it revamps amid the pandemic crisis, in a move that could squeeze out HNA Group.

Vietnam’s airlines have asked the government to set up a credit package of up to US$1.3 billion to help see them through the crisis.
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Wamos A332 flew charters for PIA on Paris-Islamabad route.

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Air Europa rescue with public funds will have strong opposition from rival airlines such as Plus Ultra and Ryanair, which are already studying how to block these subsidies that will leave them competing in unequal condition.

Avianca shareholder German Efromovich maintains his intentions to save the carrier from bankruptcy, despite being arrested in Brazil on corruption charges. He already signed a confidentiality agreement with Avianca’s lawyers in New York to participate in the financing and recapitalization of the company.

Eastar Jet to lay off more than half its 1,300 staff, while it aims to look for a new buyer after applying for court receivership.

Philippine Airlines is seeking state support via loan guarantees and emergency credit lines to weather the effects of the pandemic.

Scoot is modifying A320ceo into freighters to accommodate demand on cargo routes.

Turkish Airlines is in talks with Boeing and Airbus to delay aircraft deliveries that had been planned over the next three years.

Nigeria to resume scheduled international flights from 29 August 2020, beginning with services out of Lagos and Abuja.

Poland plans to restore air service with Russia, China, Gabon, Singapore, Serbia, and Sao Tome and Principe, according to a decree.
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rwandan-flyer wrote: 25 Aug 2020, 17:10 Brussels Airlines cancels all flights to Balearic Islands, till late October 2020 (so to the end of IATA 2020 summer season)

French: https://www.lalibre.be/economie/entrepr ... 6219b0893a

22 hours ago: Why SN still flying to red aeras ? (French) https://www.lalibre.be/economie/entrepr ... 77fb16bf51
The 3 codes green, orange and red are travel advisories for non-essential travel only. Example: holiday flights are non-essential travel. Flying back home is essential travel. With "code orange", touroperators are allowed to perform the tour, if the touroperator thinks it is possible to do so safely and if the travel contract can be honoured.

Example, code orange: travel to Greece now. A Covid-19 PCR certificate is obliged and there are local rules that apply. When this is advised to the clients, and when they accept a non compulsary quarantaine upon return: off they go.

Example, code red: travel to Denmark now. The touroperator is not allowed to perform the tour. Could be for different reasons - example tourists from risk area Belgium are not allowed. When the reason for code red is general, Belgian individual tourists may ignore that code red, but the Belgian insurers (medical and private) will not give cover.

Back to the code red and flights to the Balearic now: a lot of Belgian citizens want to come back now, so a lot of repat flights are being organized. Example:
https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/tui- ... o-belgium/

With the absence of tour operator pax, Belgians who have a second residence there can find cheap tickets today...

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