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Passenger wrote: 03 Sep 2020, 21:02
The above charge is not in line with the policy that Brussels Airlines announces for rebookings:
You are right when it comes to rebooking... there are no extra charges, and only the difference in fares has to be paid...
However, it seems to be that fares are different when you are rebooking or when you make a first booking.
And secondly, when a passenger is not allowed to fly to a certain country, and therefore can't use his booked flight, it is not his choice not to fly, so I think he should have the right to be reimbursed, as he didn't chose not to fly, but was forbidden to use the flight...
So, tehnically, this is a cancellation, not caused by the airline, but caused by the Belgian authorities.i.

On a side note : it is totally incomprehensible and inacceptable that only the BELGIAN authorities forbid traveling to Spain.
French, Dutch, German, English passengers are still free to travel...
The Belgian authorities are jailing their own people...
How long will we all be going on accepting this discrimination?? In the 20th century, we were chocked by seeing the Russian and Chinese governments to forbid their people to travel abroad... Now the same happens in Belgium, and nobody reacts, and just accepts blindly the rules of the non-elected minority government, without asking one question or giving one sensible remark...
One of the basic principles of the EU is the right to move freely, within the boundaries of the EU...
Only the BELGIAN authorities are ignoring this fundamental right that has been in place for several decades....
It is time to raise a strong voice against this criminal discrimination and violation of the all important European rules and liberties, just for the sake of public health...
I wanted to travel to Spain, to go and walk in the Sierra Nevada... far away from beaches, beach bars, discotheques or night clubs... By one small decision, I'm not allowed to do this... Not everybody travelling to Spain goes to Benidorm or Torremolinos! Spain has a wonderful nature, open spaces and fantastic quiet nature parks... How can a government be so blind to take such a far reaching unilateral decision?

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Duke wrote: 03 Sep 2020, 21:51
Passenger wrote: 03 Sep 2020, 21:02
The above charge is not in line with the policy that Brussels Airlines announces for rebookings:
You are right when it comes to rebooking... there are no extra charges, and only the difference in fares has to be paid...
However, it seems to be that fares are different when you are rebooking or when you make a first booking.
And secondly, when a passenger is not allowed to fly to a certain country, and therefore can't use his booked flight, it is not his choice not to fly, so I think he should have the right to be reimbursed, as he didn't chose not to fly, but was forbidden to use the flight...
So, tehnically, this is a cancellation, not caused by the airline, but caused by the Belgian authorities.i.

On a side note : it is totally incomprehensible and inacceptable that only the BELGIAN authorities forbid traveling to Spain.
French, Dutch, German, English passengers are still free to travel...
The Belgian authorities are jailing their own people...
How long will we all be going on accepting this discrimination?? In the 20th century, we were chocked by seeing the Russian and Chinese governments to forbid their people to travel abroad... Now the same happens in Belgium, and nobody reacts, and just accepts blindly the rules of the non-elected minority government, without asking one question or giving one sensible remark...
One of the basic principles of the EU is the right to move freely, within the boundaries of the EU...
Only the BELGIAN authorities are ignoring this fundamental right that has been in place for several decades....
It is time to raise a strong voice against this criminal discrimination and violation of the all important European rules and liberties, just for the sake of public health...
I wanted to travel to Spain, to go and walk in the Sierra Nevada... far away from beaches, beach bars, discotheques or night clubs... By one small decision, I'm not allowed to do this... Not everybody travelling to Spain goes to Benidorm or Torremolinos! Spain has a wonderful nature, open spaces and fantastic quiet nature parks... How can a government be so blind to take such a far reaching unilateral decision?

Regards,

Duke
Because people are dishonest. That's why. They say: I'll go to the open spaces, quiet parks etc etc etc... And they end up in beach bars, beaches, discotheques and night clubs... and they come back with Covid19.

Don't forget, if a Belgian is only allowed to drive 120km/h on the highway, they'll drive 130... ( just look at the Ring around Brussels now... Rules? what are those? It sums it up perfectly )

You CANNOT trust people on their word on this. It's sad but true. Are you going to monitor what all these people are doing 100% of the time? You seem to be afraid of 1984 but you kinda suggest it...

The government is not trying to discriminate, they are trying to keep a pandemic under control.

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Aeromexico announced it will maintain an increase in its operations from 25 to 39 domestic destinations and will achieve almost 75% recovery in domestic flights.

Aircalin of New Caledonia will remain limited to repatriation or freight flights until March 2021, as the government has extended its travel restrictions.

Amaszonas of Bolivia was authorised by Uruguay to begin flights from Asuncion to Montevideo on 14 September 2020, but the start date has been postponed due to health restrictions.

Asiana Airlines is set to go under state-led creditors’ management due to imminent flop in the M&A deal after nine months of delay from the uncertainties in the airline industry from the pandemic.

Boliviana de Aviacion restarted its international flights, with its first flight to Sao Paulo.
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Air Europa and the government continue to negotiate the formula for the state to save parent Globalia, after officially requesting the rescue of US$591 million.

Nigeria barred flights by Lufthansa, Air France, KLM and Etihad as its airspace reopens to international flights, saying it was in response to similar restrictions imposed on flights from the West African country.

US White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that he thinks the Trump administration will in a matter of weeks unveil aid for US airlines.
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Africa World Airlines of Ghana) is ready to resume regional flights this week, with a return to Lagos, Abuja, Freetown, and Monrovia.

AirAsia Group is reviewing its business in Japan as the airline seeks to weather the crisis.

ANA All Nippon Airways will resume flights from Tokyo to Honolulu in October 2020 with B787 (instead of A380), after suspending its service about six months ago due to the pandemic.

EasyJet now expects to fly slightly less than the 40% of planned capacity for 4Q 2020 as the result of continued schedule thinning.

Philippine Airlines is mulling deep job cuts across the board in a bid to survive the pandemic while it waits for government support that has been slow to arrive.

Porter Airlines is updating its return-to-service date to 12 November 2020.
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Aerolíneas Argentinas plans to resume flights to six Brazilian cities: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Florianopolis, and Salvador in late September 2020.

Air Caraïbes has set up a new collective performance agreement with its employees to deal with the economic consequences of the pandemic.

American Airlines Group may ask for a larger loan from the US Treasury which may be needed due to the continued daily cash burn at the airline amid a slow recovery in bookings. The carrier also indicated that it is in talks to defer 18 B737 MAX purchases.

Cathay Pacific plans to park up to half its fleet in the desert as aviation industry struggles to recover. The carrier has already sent dozens of aircraft to Alice Springs, and a significant number of its 180-strong fleet could follow. Long-haul flights are not expected to fully return to normal until 2024.

Delta Air Lines expects a choppy recovery even as some leisure travel have improved. The carrier says it is on track to reach its 3Q expense reduction target of 50%, while daily cash burn rate is down to about US$27 million.

EasyJet has warned that the lack of government support targeted at the airline industry is threatening the sector’s long-term competitiveness.

Jetstar Japan announced its flight plan for October 2020, with the number of domestic flights to be reduced by 50%.

Lufthansa to meet with the board to discuss further adjustments to the business and the current plans may not be enough.

Ryanair has informed its staff in Cork and Shannon that it intends to close both bases for the winter 2020/21, unless the Government relaxes its quarantine restrictions on passengers flying into this country.

Angola will reopen airspace for international flights on 21 September 2020 and domestic flights on 14 September, with no need for authorization to enter the country.

Uganda CAA says international commercial passenger flights return to Entebbe International Airport on 01 October 2020.

Zimbabwe will resume domestic flights from 10 September and international flights in October 2020 in an effort to boost tourism.
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Aeromexico proposed a "readjustment" of the workforce of 800 union members, 20% less than the initial proposal.

Air New Zealand has grounded its B777 fleet until at least September 2021 due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic. The B777-300s will be stored in Victorville and Auckland, abd the B777-200s will be relocated to Roswell and Victorville soon.

Avianca Holdings will gradually resume international operations from El Salvador starting on 19 September 2020.

Azul expects to operate 505 peak daily departures and 89 destinations in October 2020. Total capacity for the month is expected to be 55% of the same period last year and domestic capacity 60%.

Cathay Pacific will not apply for further government employment subsidies for its main business units, enabling it to cut jobs at Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon.

GOL increased its capacity to an average of 190 flights a day in August 2020 to service the 20% improvement in demand for air travel relative to July. In the month, GOL’s consolidated gross sales were over US$93.8 million and average load factor was over 79%.

IAG is cutting more flights over the next three months as it adjusts to the continuing collapse in demand for air travel. Capacity in autumn 2020 would be 60% below 2019 levels.

Lufthansa plans to eliminate its A380s, the bulk of its A340s and all B747-400s, as it deepens fleet cuts, leading to a parallel surge in job reductions.

Peach Aviation to resume international flying on 25 October 2020 with nonstop flights to Taipei Taoyuan from Osaka and Tokyo.

Pobeda became the only airline in Europe that managed to increase passenger traffic in July 2020 compared to the same indicator last year. The carrier transported almost 16,500 clients more than a year earlier. What the news release doesn't say is that the airline took over many routes from parent Aerolot to achieve that result.

Ryanair slashed its annual passenger target by another 10 million, becoming the latest European airline to signal more capacity cuts.

TAP Air Portugal has not been renewing its workers’ fixed-term contracts since the pandemic began. So far, 600 people have already left the airline under these terms and, in the coming months, another 300 will leave.

Tigerair Australia has been shut down, with parent company Virgin Australia deciding to close the brand after 13 years. Virgin will retain the AOC so it could revive a LCC when the domestic holiday travel market fully recovered.

Transat AT said it needs more cash to survive the pandemic, but its ability to borrow is restricted by the stalled Air Canada takeover deal. The company is in talks to obtain financing and reissued a call for a government bailout to bolster its cash reserves of US$436 million. Transat AT anticipates that it will be forced to lay off at least 2,000 employees or 40% of its workforce in the future.

United Airlines and the union representing its pilots said they have reached a tentative agreement to avoid job cuts, though details are still being worked out.

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi delays the start of operations until 16 October 2020 due to current travel restrictions.

Argentina and IATA advanced the dialogue for the probable reactivation of regular flights in October 2020, both domestic and international.
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Air Europa rejects the entry of the Spanish government into its shareholding despite asking for a loan of €450million to be able to pay the payroll from October 2020.

Air France-KLM might not survive its current crisis if the group cannot lower its costs, says the Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra.

Airbus has stepped up warnings of compulsory layoffs as air travel fails to recover as quickly as expected from the crisis, putting itself on a potential collision course with unions and the French government.

Azul has received a US$376 million funding proposal BNDES (Brazil) and a bank syndicate, subject to final approvals, in connection with an emergency program in light of the pandemic.

Boeing will have to pay more to refinance a US$3.2 billion loan that matures in October 2020 as the B737 MAX grounding and pandemic increase the risk of lending. The company is refinancing a 364-day revolving credit facility.

Cabo Verde Airlines will continue to exist, says the government, who admitted the situation was complex following six months of grounded operations,

Cambodia Angkor Air will resume regular flights from 15 September 2020.

Cathay Pacific Group will apply for a limited amount of help from the Hong Kong government’s wage subsidy scheme, indicating how soon it can lay off staff during the pandemic. Cathay Pacific has grounded two-fifths of its passenger fleet for the “foreseeable future”, warning it will not survive the pandemic unless it restructures and adapts for a new future.

Coface says the transport sector will not recover to the level of 4Q 2019 until 2022, as it anticipates a ‘long suffering’ for the entire aviation industry.

FastJet Zimbabwe said that it is finalising plans for the resumption of its scheduled flights. with domestic and international flights resuming on 10 September and 01 October 2020.

Jetstar to resume domestic services in New Zealand from 17 September 2020, with up to 75 flights on six domestic routes, approximately 60% of its pre-COVID schedule.

Norwegian to lay off another 60 cabin crew in Norway as it prepares for reduced flying over the autumn and winter 2020.

Norwegian, Wideroe and SAS met with the Norwegian government to present a proposal that the state compensate for lost revenue in 2020 and 2021.

Royal Air Maroc recently laid off 65 pilots due to economic losses incurred from the pandemic. The carrier is now preparing for round two of layoffs.

Singapore Airlines flights to both Canberra and Wellington will not return even as international travel restrictions ease, with the carrier making a departure from both national capitals.

TAAG will resume international flights on 21 September 2020, from Angola to Lisbon and Brazil.

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby says 16,000 layoffs coming without more federal aid, as the crisis is “lasting longer and is deeper than most expected.

EU will extend until 27 March 2020 a waiver of the requirement that airlines use 80% of their take-off and landing slots, to help an industry still suffering from the impact of the crisis.

Venezuela extended a ban on commercial flights by the pandemic for 30 days, until 12 October 2020, for a sixth consecutive month.
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Till end of July 2020, the Dutch aviation authority "Analysebureau Luchtvaartvoorvallen" (a department from the Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport) has received 77 notices of passengers refusing to wear mouth masks (or refusing to wear them during most of the flight). This figure excludes pre boarding incidents.

When reported, the Dutch public prosecutor offers the passenger to pay a fine of € 300. And sometimes the case is brought to a criminal court. With or without a criminal court case: airlines have allways the right to start a legal case for damage recovery.

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https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/binaries/r ... tuigen.pdf

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Asociacion de Lineas Aereas of Spain says capacity in September and October 2020 will likely be 40% of what it was last year, after a summer that has seen passenger traffic nosedive 80%.

Delta Air Lines will avoid involuntary furloughs for frontline employees on 01 October 2020 except for pilots, but will continue to reduce work hours and executive pay through the end of 2020.

Garuda Indonesia is not planning to buy any new aircraft in 2020, as it waits out the pandemic.

Montenegro Airlines to receive US$157 million from the government to help cover the losses caused by the pandemic. In July 2020, the carrier was given a $12.3 million cash injection and a further $29.6 million in August 2020.

Qantas is considering moving and downsizing its offices and aviation facilities within Australia as part of continued efforts to cut costs amid the pandemic. Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker says the Australian government should be prepared to offer national carrier Qantas financial support if the pandemic keeps borders closed and international flights grounded.
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Air New Zealand aims to cut up to 385 more cabin crew jobs due to the lack of long-haul international flying, which would take its pandemic related job losses to around 37% of its workforce.

Air Tahiti Nui revised planned service resumption from Papeete to Auckland and Tokyo Narita, now scheduled in January 2021 with B787-9.

British Airways is having to take every measure possible to make it through the winter 2020/21 because fear of flying during the pandemic has destroyed any hope of a rapid return to normality.

Delta Air Lines is raising US$9 billion in the largest debt deal ever in the aviation industry, which is up from an original $6.5 billion. The debt will help boost Delta’s liquidity as it burns about US$750 million in cash a month.

Jetstar Japan is offering options such as voluntary retirement and extended leave to about 600 pilots and flight attendants.

Kenya Airways plans to enhance its cargo operations to 20% of its business to bolster the recovery process in the wake of diminishing demand for passenger travel.

Vietnam’s planned resumption of selected international flights on 15 September 2020 has been pushed back to an unconfirmed date as authorities continue to work on Covid-19 prevention measures.
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Air Zimbabwe announced that it was resuming flight operations on its domestic and regional routes with effect from 23 September and 03 October 2020 respectively.

Condor seeks creditor approval in late October 2020 for its new insolvency plan, which would place the airline in a trust as an interim solution until a buyer can be found.

Rwandair has announced the resumption of its flights to Europe from 03 October 2020, with the reopening of its Kigali – Brussels – London route, utilising its A330 fleet. London Heathrow to replace Gatwick as the endpoint.

United Airlines pilot leaders have approved a tentative deal that ensures the carrier will not lay off pilots before June 2021 and that provides a 5% pay raises once the carrier returns to producing a 5% profit margin.

India’s aviation minister says Indian airlines have sought interest-free credit of at least US$1.5 billion from the government to enable them to cope with the loss of revenue from the pandemic.

Nigerian CAA says the government’s bailout funds and programmes will only be given to operational airlines with a valid AOC.

Philippines has allocated about US$14.4 million as initial aid to Philippine-based carriers affected by the pandemic.

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa said that borders will reopen to most countries in October 2020, as the country further eases anti-coronavirus measures.
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Arkia Airlines of Israel will lay off 130 of its 530 employees while some remaining staff will take a pay cut.

FACC (an Austria aerospace industry) is cutting 650 jobs as it deals with the impact from the pandemic.

Hawaiian Airlines won’t be making the thousands of involuntary job cuts that it had anticipated in the wake of the coronavirus-related drop in travel demand and lockdowns.

Middle East Airlines announced the resumption of flights to and from Jeddah and Riyadh, as of 16 September 2020, with Paris flights resuming a few days later.

Ryanair Group chief executive Michael O’Leary has warned that there is a real risk of further capacity cuts to the airline’s services out of Dublin Airport, if the government does not move to open up overseas air travel quickly.

Colombia announced the reopening of the international air connectivity with the inauguration of the first two flights on 19 September 2020 from Cartagena with the arrival of the airline Spirit Airlines (US) coming from Fort Lauderdale, and the departure of the Viva Air to Miami.

US airlines met with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to ask for US$25 billion more federal aid amid ongoing hardships in the aviation industry.
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Air France-KLM is discussing plans to raise more capital with its main shareholders, the French and Dutch governments, says CEO Ben Smith. Greenpeace will appreciate!

Air Mauritius to put employees on unpaid leave from 01 October 2020, as part of the government’s redundancy plan.

Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran says quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand is unlikely to resume for at least another six months, bursting hopes of a proposed “trans-Tasman bubble” opening before March 2021.

American Airlines warns of hundreds of thousands of lost jobs and the discontinuance of services to small communities if a new round of emergency airline funding is not approved.

Boeing is nearing a decision to shift more B787 production to South Carolina, a cost-cutting strategy accelerated by the pandemic that would deplete its iconic factory north of Seattle.

Hawaiian Airlines pre-pandemic payroll will be cut by one-third, or 2,501 jobs, as of the start of October 2020.

Lufthansa to further cut its fleet and workforce as the crisis forced it to take a €1.1 billion impairment on the value of its aircraft. As a result, Lufthansa plans to reduce its fleet by 150 aircraft (instead of 100) to around 610 aircraft, and cut more jobs. Cash burn to be reduced to €400 million per month (instead of 500 million).

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/luft ... and-staff/

Singapore Airlines pilots have agreed to further pay cuts to remain in employment, which will help to mitigate further job losses.

SWISS must make a high profit else the federal government can take over all the shares after providing guarantees to a CHF1.2 billion rescue loan earlier in the year. Employees may be reduced by 20% as the carrier looks to cut costs.

TUI Group is planning a share sale to raise up to US$1.2 billion, as the company looks to ride out the travel slump.

Vistara will increase the number of daily flights to 100 from 80 by the end of September 2020 and along with its peers is in discussion with the government for “cohesive solutions” for the pandemic-hit domestic airlines industry.
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