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Coronavirus COVID-19 Airline Impact
There is no doubt that COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on volumes of bookings in the travel industry. Airlines are cutting their schedules and asking staff to take unpaid leave as a result of cancellations, restrictions and the fall in demand. A number of airlines have closed their doors, and over 250 have suspended all operations although there are some that have re-started operations. Others such as Korean Air, already facing difficulties have written to staff to set expectations that the situation is grave. Volumes have recovered over time so T2RL have made the decision to track the top 50 airlines which currently account for 62% of the global passengers boarded (Adjusted) as an indicator for of the impact of COVID-19.

 
 

Airline Impact (Top-50)

American Airlines 20/5/2020 - AA will operate 33% of it's schedule in June, compared to 28% in May 2020. The airline plans to pledge it's AAdvantage loyalty programe as collateral for a coronavirus loan.
1/5/2020 - AA reported a net loss of $2.2 billion for Q1 2020. Over 39,000 employees have opted for early retirement, a reduced schedule or partial payment.
15/4/2020 - AA said it would recieve $5.8 billion in payroll assistance from the government under the CARES Act. The amount will be split into a $4.1 billion grant and $1.7 billion loan.
7/4/2020 - AA is is suspending at least 90% of its flights at New York’s airports - LGA, JFK and EWR starting from 7th April until 6th May 2020.
3/4/2020 - AA is cutting between 70% - 75% of domestic flights in April and about 80% in May. For both months it is cutting nearly 90% of its international flights.
24/3/2020 - AA has already cut 50% of its capacity in March, 40% domestically and 75% internationally.
14/3/2020 - AA announced a phased suspension of long-haul international flights from the U.S. starting from 16th March until 6th May.
Delta Air Lines 19/5/2020 - Delta will limit first class seating capacity at 50% and main cabin at 60% until 30th June. The airline also annouced plans to relaunch United States connections from London Heathrow.
8/5/2020 - Delta and Latam have signed a trans-American joint venture deal to combine their networks between North & South America. The agreement is subject to regulatory approval and follows Delta’s acquisition of a 20% stake in Latam for $1.9 billion in December.
2/5/2020 - Delta has insisted that passengers wear facemasks or ‘appropriate face covering’ from 4th May. This measure follows the requirement for all employees worldwide to wear face masks if they are unable to maintain six feet of distance with customers or each other.
23/4/2020 - Delta has reported a pre-tax loss of $607 million for the first quarter of 2020. Delta is making significant capacity reductions for next quarter with total system capacity down 85%; domestic by 80% and international by 90%. Delta has also currently parked 650 aircraft.
4/4/2020 - Deltas schedule for April will be atleast 80% less than planned, with 115,000 flights cancelled.
27/3/2020 - More than 21,000 Delta employees have volunteered for unpaid leave, other employees hours reduced and senior management are taking pay cuts of 25%-50%.
18/3/2020 - Delta has decided to make a system wide cut in capacity by 70% and international capacity by 80% for the next 2 to 3 months.
13/3/2020 - From March 16th, Delta will significantly reduce its U.S. to Europe flights, following the U.S. government directive restricting travel between the U.S. and Europe.
Southwest Airlines 19/5/2020 - Southwest Airlines expects its load factor for May to be between 25% and 30%, which is more than triple the 8% of seats that were occupied on Southwest flights in April.
11/5/2020 - Southwest Airlines and BOC Aviation Ltd. have agreed to an aircraft sale-leaseback deal. BOC Aviation will buy 10 Boeing 737-8 aircraft from the US carrier and then lease them back to the Southwest.
29/4/2020 - Southwest reported a net loss of $94 million for Q1 2020 and total operating revenues decreased 17.8% to $4.2 billion. Southwest has continued to experience weak passenger demand/bookings for April 2020 and operating revenues are estimated to decrease further in the range of 90%-95%.
22/4/2020 - Southwest has parked close to 50 aircraft since the outbreak of the virus and has increased capacity cuts to 60% through May 2020.
14/4/2020 - Southwest Airlines will be getting $3.2 billion from the payroll support program, including a loan of almost $1 billion.
23/3/2020 - Southwest has suspended all international flights from 23rd March until 3rd May 2020.
17/3/2020 - Southwest annouced that they will cut 'at least' 20% of flights and that its load factor has been trending toward 50% in recent days after running 67% in the first two weeks of March.
United Airlines 5/5/2020 - United plans to cut 30% of their management and administrative roles from October 2020.
20/4/2020 - United Airlines has reported a $2.1 billion loss for the 1st quarter of 2020 compared to the $300 million profit the airline reported over the same period last year.
16/4/2020 - United Airlines has cut its flight schedule by 90% in May and expects similar cuts for June. The airline said it flew less than 200,000 people in the first two weeks of April 2020, as compared to 6 million in April 2019.
15/4/2020 - United Airlines expects to receive $5.0 billion through the payroll support program, $3.5 billion will be a direct grant and $1.5 billion will be a low interest rate loan.
26/3/2020 - United Airlines has cut 68% of it's overall capacity with 52% domestic and 95% International.
16/3/2020 - United Airlines has proposed a 50% cut in corporate salaries owing to the cash crisis.
China Southern Airlines 8/5/2020 - China Southern Airlines over the past week has been the only airline in the world who is operating 3 of its Airbus A380’s between the airline’s hub in Guangzhou and Europe or North America.
17/4/2020 - China Southern Airlines group passenger capacity decreased by 60% in March 2020 and their load factor was 58%.
25/3/2020 - As of 25th March 2020, China Southern Airlines has over 130 parked aircrafts.
18/3/2020 - China Southern Airlines load factor in February 2020 was at 47%.
13/3/2020 - The airline said it will reopen Shenzhen-Bangkok service starting from March 13, the company's first resumed international flight departing from Shenzhen following the large-scale suspension of flights.
10/3/2020 - The airline is not currently operating its five A380s, with the last A380 commercial flight reported on 12th Feb.
24/2/2020 - China Southern Airlines resumed over 2,100 domestic flights mainly from southwest, central and southern China to first-tier cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and east China.
Ryanair 20/5/2020 - In 2020 Ryanair expects to carry less than 100 million passengers, over 35% lower than the 155m+ target for the year ending March 2021.
18/5/2020 - Ryanair plans to resume 50% of its scheduled flights between July and September 2020.
15/5/2020 - Ryanair has restarted limited flight operations on 15th May.
12/5/2/2020 - Ryanair plans to restore 40% of its normal flying schedule of almost 1000 flights a day from 1st July. From 15th May, Ryanair will fly 3 times weekly to Bucharest and Sofia, and a daily service to Porto will be added on May 22nd. Ryanair has also added 3 London Stansted routes to its current network.
5/5/2020 - Ryanair operated only 600 flights in April 2020 against the usual schedule of 75501, which included a number of rescue / medical flights.
1/5/2020 - Ryanair will cut 3000 jobs; the cuts will largely be among pilots and cabin crew with all remaining staff set to take a 20% pay cut.
23/4/2020 - Ryanair has told the Irish government that if the restriction of leaving middle seats empty is imposed, then “either the government pays for the middle seat or Ryanair won’t fly”.
10/4/2020 - Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary confirmed a normal schedule of commercial flights will not return until 17th June 2020.
24/3/2020 - Ryanair has suspended all commercial flights from 24th March 2020.
20/3/2020 - Ryanair staff will take a 50% pay cut for April and May. CEO Michael O’Leary said the company had the cash to survive “maybe even 12 months”.
18/3/2020 - Between 18th -24th March, the Ryanair Group will be cutting schedules by over 80%. Ryanair expects most flights to be grounded from 24th March.
China Eastern 1/5/2020 - China Eastern Airlines plans to resume 70% - 80% of flights by the end of June and make further increases through August.
26/4/2020 - China Eastern Airlines has begun shifting its operations in Beijing from the Capital International Airport to Daxing International Airport.
8/4/2020 - China Eastern Airlines operated the first flight out of Wuhan Tianhe Airport on 8th April 2020, marking the resumption of domestic passenger flights from Wuhan.
25/3/2020 - China Eastern Airlines has reconfigured two passenger aircrafts to use for cargo operations.
5/3/2020 - 5 international routes and 163 domestic routes were restored.
1/3/2020 - Reports of 70% of China Eastern’s flights being cancelled in February. Long-haul flights from Shanghai to Chicago and Honolulu have both been suspended.
Air China 1/5/2020 - Air China recorded a net loss of 4.81 billion yuan ($680 million) for Q1 2020, compared with a profit of CNY2.72 billion a year earlier. Quarterly revenue fell 47% to CNY17.26 billion.
7/4/2020 - Air China will resume some domestic flights departing from Wuhan and other cities in Hubei province.
15/3/2020 - Air China has reduced international flights in response to the various ongoing travel bans and government regulations.
5/3/2020 - In February 2020, Air China cut around 68% of capacity.
EasyJet 21/5/2020 - EasyJet will resume limited flights from 15th June 2020 along with increased safety measures. The initial schedule will include only domestic routes within UK and France and further destinations in Europe will be announced depending on the passenger demand.
5/5/2020 - EasyJet brings forward the sale of five million seats on atleast 28,000 flights for 2021. Customers can now change the dates of their upcoming flights to any time until 4th May 2021.
3/5/2020 - Easyjet founder has warned fellow shareholders their stakes will soon become 'worthless' unless they support his campaign to cancel a £4.5 billion Airbus order for new planes.
16/4/2020 - EasyJet has revealed it has raised sufficient cash reserves to sustain up to a nine month grounding. EasyJet has also said it plans to keep the middle seat on its planes empty to enable social distancing when the airline resumes flying.
9/4/2020 - EasyJet has deferred the delivery of 24 new aircraft in anticipation of reduced demand.
8/4/2020 - EasyJet Holidays has put its summer 2021 programme on sale early, aimed at creating new bookings and giving customers with existing bookings more options to rebook. Easyjet also put their winter 2020/2021 schedule on sale in March.
6/4/2020 - EasyJet has secured a £600 million loan from the Treasury and Bank of England’s emergency coronavirus fund.
30/3/2020 - EasyJet has grounded its entire fleet and suspended all flights from 30th March 2020, after completing hundreds of repatriation flights. It has also reached an agreement to furlough cabin crew for 2 months from 1st April, paying them through a UK government job-retention scheme.
Air France 20/5/2020 - Air France is retiring all Airbus A380s immediately rather than by the end of 2022, as previously scheduled.
19/5/2020 - Air France plans to progressively resume its flights from now until the end of June, particularly flights within France, French overseas territories and other European cities. This represents around 15% of Air France's usual operations during this period.
10/5/2020 - Air France-KLM expects 2021 capacity to be no more than 80% of its pre-virus plan. The airline expects to fly only around 20% of its capacity in Q3 2020 and 60% in Q4 2020.
9/5/2020 - All Air France passengers’ temperature will be checked and those exceeding 38C will be barred from boarding.
5/5/2020 - The European Commission has approved the French governments financial support of €7 billion for Air France under EU state aid rules.
11/4/2020 - CEO of Air France-KLM announced internally that the company is losing €25 million per day. The losses would be greater if not for the unemployment measures introduced by the French government. These have saved Air France some €1.1 billion from its payroll bill for 2020.
7/4/2020 - Air France has reduced 90% of their capacity in response to the impact of the virus. This service reduction is currently expected to last until the end of May.
Turkish Airlines 21/5/2020 - Turkish Airlines has extended their domestic flights suspension until 4th June and international flights suspension until 10th June.
7/5/2020 - Turkish Airlines is planning a gradual resumption of flights from June with plans to fly to only 19 countries next month, gradually expanding operations to 99 countries by September.
3/4/2020 - Turkish Airlines has now suspended all flights from 3rd April.
28/3/2020 - Turkish Airlines has suspended all international flights from 28th March 2020 until 1st May 2020. Only domestic flights to 14 cities in Turkey will be operated on a limited basis.
13/3/2020 - Flights with Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Holland as departure point are suspended.
3/3/2020 - Fights to China’s Xi’an, Guangzhou and Shanghai cities are suspended.
AirAsia 5/5/2020 - AirAsia is extending validity up to two years (730 days) on top of an unlimited flight change option for passengers impacted by flights bans
29/4/2020 - AirAsia Malaysia resumed domestic services on 29th April 2020. AirAsia has introduced new personal protective equipment (PPE) for its cabin crews to be used as flights resume in the region.
12/4/2020 - AirAsia group owners have decided to forgo their salaries during and airline staff will take pay cuts anywhere between 15% -75%.
28/3/2020 - AirAsia Malaysia suspended all flight operations on 28th March until 21st April 2020.
10/3/2020 - AirAsia is offering 6 million heavily discounted seats (including 0 fare seats) for a promotion called the 'Big Sale'.
28/2/2020 - AirAsia Group will defer delivery of 78 Airbus SE A330neo planes and consider selling two A330s that could fetch up to $100 million and return five others to lessors early.
Lufthansa 15/5/2020 - Lufthansa plans to start flying 80 more aircraft in June to meet travel demand. The airline plans to restore more UK and Ireland services from 1st June.
3/5/2020 - The Lufthansa Group has joined a growing list of carriers to make face masks obligatory for all passengers. Lufthansa also expects to reach a deal soon with the German government over a multi-billion euro aid package.
21/4/2020 - The Lufthansa Group has completed their relief-flight program and has flown around 90,000 travelers home. The group also operated 94 special cargo flights with relief supplies on board.
7/4/2020 - Lufthansa is retiring its five Boeing 747-400's and is also accelerating the phasing out of its six A380's, expecting significant decline in demand after COVID19. Lufthansa has also permananently shut down its low-cost Germanwings unit.
20/3/2020 - The Lufthansa Group will ground 700 of its 763 aircrafts, almost its entire fleet. They will completely stop Intercontinental flights leaving 5% operational towards the return of German and Swiss citizens.
16/3/2020 - The Lufthansa group said in a statement that it would cut long-haul capacity by up to 90% from 17th March, and would only operate 20% of intra-Europe flights.
13/3/2020 - Lufthansa said it would scrap its annual dividend, slash its flight schedule further and is also considering a request for state aid to help deal with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
IndiGo 25/5/2020 - Indigo has commenced domestic operations on 25th May as the Indian government has lifted the domestic flight ban after 2 months.
7/4/2020 - Indigo has been authorized by the government to operate 30 emergency relief flights to carry essential items such as medical equipment across the country.
25/3/2020 - Indigo has suspended all international flights from 22nd March 2020 and all domestic flights from 25th March 2020 in line with the Indian governments directive to suspend all commercial passenger flights.
Emirates 18/5/2020 - Emirates plans to lay off 30,000 employees, representing a 30% cut to their total staff. The airline is also planning to permanently decommission 40% of its Airbus A380 fleet.
13/5/2020 - Emirates will operate connections between London and Melbourne as well as Sydney from 21st May. Their cargo division Emirates SkyCargo has also expanded flight operations to cover 75 destinations.
10/5/2020 - Emirates Group has reported a 28% drop in profits at the end of fiscal year 2019-20. Emirates Airline profits were up by 21% to $288 million, however revenue dropped by 6% to $25 billion over the past fiscal year.
1/5/2020 - Emirates will operate limited one-way passenger flights to select destinations during May to facilitate travel for residents and visitors wishing to return home.
16/4/2020 - Emirates in coordination with the Dubai Health Authority has rolled out rapid pre-flight COVID19 testing.
15/4/2020 - Emirates will be resuming flights to a number of destinations from 16th April, recommencing operations from Terminal 3 at DXB airport.
6/4/2020 - Emirates has resumed operating limited passenger flights from 6th April 2020 to Zurich, Brussels, London and Frankfurt.
1/4/2020 - The government of Dubai has offered its backing to Emirates, and will “inject equity into the company” in order to protect the airline from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
23/3/2020 - Emirates suspended all flight operations on 25th March 2020 due to the UAE governments directive to stop all passenger flights.
Air Canada 18/5/2020 - Air Canada annouced plans to cut 60% of their workforce due to reduced operations.
1/5/2020 - Air Canada anticipates that by Christmas the airline will be flying again to most places, although there will likely be fewer flights available and more connections than travelers are used to. The airline has stated it will take at least 3 years to recover to 2019 levels of revenue and capacity.
12/4/2020 - Air Canada will follow the face guarding directive by Transport Canada. The airline has also implemented social distancing where possible during boarding and on-board, with as few people sitting next to one another as possible.
14/4/2020 - Air Canada is boosting their cargo capacity by reconfiguring the cabins of 3 of their boeing passenger aircrafts.
8/4/2020 - Air Canada has applied for the federal wage subsidy from the government for it's 36,000 domestic employees of which 16,500 have already temporarily been laid off.
31/3/2020 - Air Canada will cut capacity by 90% in Q2 2020 and temporarily reduce its workforce.
23/3/2020 - Air Canada will suspend most of its international and U.S. flights by 31st March 2020.
10/3/2020 - Air Canada has suspended all flights to Italy. In January they halted all direct flights to China. The airline’s shares have fallen about 40% in the past seven weeks.
British Airways 10/5/2020 - British Airways owner IAG has tentatively planned the largest capacity increase amongst Europe’s major airline groups, expecting to operate 45% in Q3 2020 (July - September).
29/4/2020 - BA plans to cut over 12,000 jobs (more than a quarter of all employees) due to low passenger demand.
20/4/2020 - BA is operating special flights from 11 Indian airports to repatriate UK nationals.
9/4/2020 - BA is transporting medical supplies into the UK from China. The flights are being operated in partnership with IAG Cargo and the UK government.
2/4/2020 - BA announced the suspension of 36,000 staff. The agreement means that up to 80% of cabin crew, ground staff, engineers and those working at head office will have their jobs suspended but no staff are expected to be made redundant.
31/3/2020 - BA have suspended all flights from Gatwick Airport, flights to/from Heathrow remain operational.
18/3/2020 - BA expects a flight capacity reduction by atleast 75% for April and May.
10/3/2020 - Following the collapse of Flybe, BA has regained 12 coveted flight slots which were reserved for its rivals on Scottish routes since BA took over former carrier BMI eight years ago.
Alaska Airlines 6/5/2020 - Capacity in April reduced by more than 80%, capacity cuts in May will also be at least 80% and expecting capacity cuts in June to be significant. Reported a net loss for Q1 2020 and over 5000 employees have taken the voluntary leave incentive offered by the airline.
28/4/2020 - Alaska Airlines is using their passenger planes to transport freight which is helping their pilots and crew to keep working.
14/4/2020 - Alaska Airlines will receive $992 million from the payroll support program with $267 million of that sum in the form of a loan.
26/3/2020 - Alaska Airlines will cut around 70% of their routes for April and May 2020.
12/3/2020 - The airline has seen maximum flight cancellations and reductions in bookings for March and April 2020.
ANA (Domestic) 6/5/2020 - ANA has delayed 13 aircraft deliveries from the 1st half to the 2nd half of the fiscal year.
24/04/2020 - ANA will reduce domestic capacity by 85% from 29th April until 6th May 2020.
17/4/2020 - ANA will reduce domestic capacity by 49% for the month of April 2020.
4/4/2020 - ANA Holdings Inc. has asked the government and private financial institutions to make 1.3 Trillion Yen credit line available to them due to their revenue decline.
19/3/2020 - ANA has proposed having 5000 cabin crew take unpaid leave from work which is around 30% of their total employees.
13/3/2020 - ANA has cancelled an additional 1,360 flights on 42 routes, raising the total number of canceled flights to 2,224 this month.
Japan Airlines 14/5/2020 - Japan Airlines has decided to cut 96% capacity on international routes until the end of June 2020.
4/5/2020 - Japan Airlines is practicing social distancing on domestic flights by blocking its middle seats until 30th June 2020.
23/4/2020 - Japan Airlines is discussing the possibility of securing financing totaling $2.8 billion from banks. The airline has cut 90% international flights and 60% domestic flights.
2/4/2020 - JAL will reduce international flight capacity by 85% until 30th April 2020. JAL executives will return 10% of their remuneration for 3 months from April, due to the airlines worsening earnings outlook.
13/3/2020 - From 20th - 28th March JAL will temporarily cut 1,468 domestic flights.
Hainan Airlines 1/5/2020 - Hainan Airlines and its subsidiaries plan to increase flights from May and for the summer 2020 season.
9/4/2020 - Hainan Airlines restarted flights to Wuhan, a first since the suspension to the city for the last two months.
28/3/2020 - In line with the new regulation from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Hainan airlines will now maintain only one route to any country and limit the number of flights to one per week.
12/3/2020 - Hainan Airlines plans to resume all domestic flights into and out of Hainan.
1/10/2020 - The HNA Group will essentially be taken over by the government of the Hainan province in order to be rescued. The airline stated that “the Hainan Provincial People’s Government has recently led a joint effort with related departments to set up a “Hainan HNA Group Joint Working Group.”
1/3/2020 - In February, Hainan Airlines suspended all international flights.
JetBlue 6/5/2020 - JetBlue said it will give a pair of free tickets to 100,000 health workers as thanks for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.
28/4/2020 - JetBlue is the first US airline to make it mandatory for all it's crew and passengers to wear a face mask when on a flight.
14/4/2020 - JetBlue will receive $935.8 million from the payroll support program with $250.7 million in the form of a loan.
4/4/2020 - JetBlue has reduced it's capacity by 70% for April 2020 and parked 100 aircraft due to rapid decline in passenger demand. It expects a 94% fall in passengers for April compared to the same period last year.
18/3/2020 - Jetblue stated "last year on a typical day in March we took in about $22 million from bookings and ancillary fees. Throughout this March, our sales have fallen sharply and in the last several days we have taken in an average of less than $4 million per day while also issuing over $20 million per day of credits to Customers for canceled bookings". 
11/3/2020 - JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes said the airline is facing a more significant drop in bookings than after 9/11.
Norwegian Air Shuttle 20/5/2020 - Norwegian has recieved access to the state loan guarantee of NOK3 billion (£230 million). The company has now converted NOK12.7 billion of debt to equity.
15/5/2020 - Norwegian Air pulls off equity sale and the successful issue should see Norwegian secure €36 million in payments next week. This will add to the loans guaranteed by the Norwegian government.
5/5/2020 - Norwegian has won the support of shareholders owning 95% of equity to a debt-for-equity swap on which will see the airline fall into the hands of aircraft leasing companies and bondholders. Norwegian also warned it is “critical to get access to the state aid package by mid-May before the company runs out of cash” .
28/4/2020 - Norwegian may need extra funds to survive, in addition to the state aid. The airline has warned that all its aircraft might remain grounded until 2021. Currently only 7 of its 147 planes are not grounded and being used for state-subsidised domestic flights in Norway, mainly for essential cargo.
20/4/2020 - Norwegians staffing subsidiaries in Denmark and Sweden have filed for bankruptcy resulting in around 4700 employees including airline crew losing their jobs.
8/4/2020 - Norwegian has operated multiple rescue flights on behalf of the government to ensure that thousands of Scandinavian passengers could return home. The airline is also looking to restructure its debt in an attempt to raise the equity it needs to qualify for state aid.
25/3/2020 - The airline said it has secured necessary financial support approvals from the country’s banks to be eligible to receive the first installment of 10% from the Norwegian government’s $274 million state aid package offered.
16/3/2020 - Norwegian cut 15% of capacity on 10th March, which was then increased to an 85% capacity cut from 16th March 2020. The airline also temporarily laid off 7300 employees.
Lion Air 21/5/2020 - The Lion Air Group has cut employee salaries and bonuses but has given assurance that no job terminations are in the pipeline.
10/5/2020 - Lion Air group airlines - Lion Air, Wings Air and Batik Air resumed limited domestic flights from 10th May for health, security and essential service workers, as well as passengers who require emergency medical care.
24/4/2020 - Lion Air (Indonesia) has suspended all regular flight operations in line with the Indonesian government’s ban on all domestic, international and charter air transportation services from 24th April until 1st June 2020.
19/3/2020 - Lion Air Group has suspended all international flights to/from Malaysia until 31st March 2020 following the governments decision to lock down the country. Lion Air Group will continue its domestic flights within Malaysia and Indonesia.
9/3/2020 - Lion Air has suspended all flights to/from China untill April 30th.
28/2/2020 - Indonesia’s Lion Air has deferred plans for a $500 million stock market IPO.
Aeroflot 4/5/2020 - Aeroflot suggests international services could resume in July.
18/4/2020 - Aeroflot has suspended flight ticket sales for international flights from 17th April 2020.
15/4/2020 - Aeroflot continues to operate limited international flights for the return of citizens from abroad.
23/3/2020 - The Russian government has imposed a ban on all international flights from the 27th of March, but they have granted their state-owned flag carrier Aeroflot virtual monopoly on essential international services designated for evacuating Russians and returning foreign citizens to their respective countries.
16/3/2020 - Aeroflot has announced a temporary suspension of flights between Moscow and 30 different destinations.
Cathay Pacific 18/5/2020 - Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd reported an unaudited loss of HK$4.5 billion ($580.53 million) during January - April 2020. Cathay plans to slightly increase capacity from 3% in May to 5% in June.
7/5/2020 - Cathay has grounded nearly all flights since April and has extended the cancellation of most flights until the end of June.
17/4/2020 - Cathay Pacific will close 3 of it's crew bases in the USA resulting in laying off 286 employees.
3/4/2020 - Cathay Pacific and subsidiary Cathay dragon have cut capacity by 97% in April and May 2020 due a severe drop in demand.
17/3/2020 - Cathay announced that it will sell 6 of its Boeing 777-300ER planes to BOC Aviation. The deal is set to be worth $703.8 million dollars and will help the airline amid the consequences of the virus outbreak.
2/3/2020 - Cathay Pacific has parked half of its fleet and slashed nearly three-quarters of March flights. It will be keeping 120 planes out of the sky at any one time. 75% of staff or 27,000 employees have been asked to take 3 weeks unpaid leave.
LATAM Airlines (Chile) 26/5/2020 - LATAM Airline group affiliates in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and the US have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States. The group's subsidiaries in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina are not included in the chapter 11 filing.
22/5/2020 - LATAM Airlines Group plans to gradually increase its international and domestic operations during June and July. In June, the group expects to increase its total pre-crisis capacity from 5% to 9%, and to 18% in July.
18/5/2020 - LATAM Airlines plans to lay off 1,400 employees in South America. This is in addition to the voulantary retirement plan that was announced earlier in May that led to the departure of 800 employees.
4/5/2020 - LATAM Group has reconfigured its first Boeing 777-300ER to increase cargo capacity by 20%.
17/4/2020 - LATAM Group has reduced overall capacity by 95% in April and May 2020.
20/3/2020 - LATAM Group said they would cut the salaries of their 43,000 employees by 50%.
12/3/2020 - LATAM Group have implemented a hiring freeze and will offer unpaid leave to some workers.
Saudia 14/5/2020 - Saudia is planning to lay off 250,000 employees.
1/5/2020 - Saudia Airlines is awaiting official clearance from the authorities to restart air travel; there has not yet been any government decision to resume domestic flights in the Kingdom.
16/4/2020 - Saudia does not expect flight operations to return to normal until the end of 2020 and has asked some cabin crew employees to suspend their contracts until then.
10/4/2020 - Saudia has tentatively scheduled to resume International flights on 1st May 2020.
21/3/2020 - Saudia suspended all international flights on 15th March and all domestic flights on 21st March due to the governments ban on all commercial flights.
Wizz Air 15/5/2020 - Wizz Air has restarted limited flight operations on 15th May.
7/5/2020 - Wizz Air is considering opening a new second British hub out of Gatwick as other airlines reduce operations and slots become free.
29/4/2020 - Wizz Air has become the first European airline to announce it will commence flights again with services out of London Luton scheduled for 15th May. Wizz Air plans to operate in May with 10% of its fleet and increase to 30% in June.
21/4/2020 - Wizz Air who operates a UK subsidiary is eligible for the UK Covid Corporate Financing Facility.
15/4/2020 - Wizz Air will make 1,000 staff redundant - representing 19% of its workforce. The airline is now operating at 3% of its pre-coronavirus capacity.
5/4/2020 - Wizz Air is suspending routes from Romania to the UK, Netherlands and Switzerland due to imposed travel restrictions. Routes to Belgium, Austria, Spain, France and Germany remain suspended until 30th April.
23/3/2020 - Wizz Air has grounded 85% of it's fleet and cut capacity by 30% in March. The airline expects normal operations to regularize by July 2020.
16/3/2020 - Wizz Air has suspended all flights to Italy (from 10th March), Israel (from 12th March), Austria, France, Germany, Spain and Poland (from 16th March), Georgia and Turkey (from March 20th).
GOL 20/5/2020 - Gol will have 100 daily flights in June, an increase of 47% compared to 68 daily flights in May.
4/5/2020 - For Q1 2020 GOL reported a loss of $419 million, but despite this the carrier has stated that it has enough cash to run until the end of the year.
15/4/2020 - GOL has cancelled it's orders for 34 narrow bodied Boeing aircrafts. GOL’s aircraft order has now dropped to 95 aircrafts, from the 129 previously.
7/4/2020 - GOL has grounded all it's fleet except for 10 aircrafts that account for 50 flights a day. In addition, the airline has deffered lease payments and employee salaries that has reduced it's spending by half.
25/3/2020 - GOL has suspended all international flights from 28th March until 3rd May 2020.
24/3/2020 - GOL will reduce its domestic flight capacity by 92% and international flight capacity by 100% until early May 2020. GOL will maintain only 50 essential domestic flights in Brazil.
Qantas 20/5/2020 - Qantas will operate at 50% of it’s capacity in July 2020.
11/05/2020 - Qantas has paused on the delivery of it's aircrafts from Boeing and Airbus due to unexpected market circumstances.
1/5/2020 - Qantas has resumed some domestic flights between major cities in Australia, with the warning that these are part of the “minimum domestic and regional network” underwritten by the national government.
20/4/2020 - Qantas has been offered $A165 by the Australian government to ensure the carrier maintains key domestic routes across the country.
07/4/2020 - Qantas had laid off 80% of it's crew and is now calling for volunteers to assist with rescue flights from Australia and New Zealand.
27/3/2020 - Qantas Group has secured A$1.05 billion ($622.6 million) in debt funding against 7 of its 11-strong fleet of wholly-owned Boeing 787-9s it bought with cash in recent years. This funding increases the Group's available cash balance to A$2.95 billion.
24/3/2020 - Qantas has suspended 50% of domestic flights until the end of May 2020. The airline will continue to operate essential domestic, regional and freight operations within the country.
19/3/2020 - Qantas will ground its entire international fleet including overseas Jetstar flights from late March until end May. Two-thirds of their staff will be temporarily stood down until then.
Avianca 11/5/2020 - Avianca filed for bankruptcy on 10th May 2020 in the US court, after failing to meet a bond payment deadline and requests for aid from Colombia’s government have been unsuccessful so far.
30/4/2020 - Avianca is is need of an investment from the Colombian Government to survive the current crisis and is also willing to make the Government a shareholder.
23/4/2020 - All Avianca’s passenger flights have been grounded since March, after its main hubs in Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador and Peru all shut down air traffic. It has put 50% of its workforce on unpaid leave and is actively looking for government assistance.
25/3/2020 - Avianca has suspended all domestic flights on 25th march and all international flights on 23rd March 2020.
Scandinavian Airlines 5/5/2020 - SAS does not expect a return to pre-Covid-19 demand levels until 2022. SAS is currently only transporting 4% of the usual passengers.
28/4/2020 - SAS has cut close to 5000 jobs which is almost half of their remaining workforce, becoming the first major European airline to permanently slash staff numbers as travel demand collapses.
13/4/2020 - The European Commission has approved Sweden’s half-billion euro support scheme for Swedish airlines; SAS which is partly owned by the Danish and Swedish governments will benefit from this.
7/4/2020 - SAS has suspended all international flight operations on 7th April 2020 until further notice. The airline will operate only a few domestic routes in Norway and Sweden during April 2020. Nearly 11,000 employees have been temporarily laid off in Scandinavia, which is more than 90% of their total workforce.
21/3/2020 - SAS has grounded most of their fleet and has sent nearly 3500 employees home using the Danish aid package.
18/3/2020 - Governments of Sweden and Denmark will provide more than 275 million euros to protect SAS from the economic impact of the virus.
15/3/2020 - SAS will temporarily halt most of its traffic starting from 16th March 2020.
Pegasus 22/5/2020 - Pegasus Airlines plans to resume domestic flights on 4th June and international flights on 14th June.
8/5/2020 - Pegasus Airlines has resumed domestic and international cargo flights, however all passenger flights remain grounded.
14/4/2020 - Pegasus Airlines has extended the suspension of all passenger flights. Previously the restriction was set to remain in force until 30th April.
30/3/2020 - Pegasus Airlines suspended all flights on 28th March 2020.
15/3/2020 - Pegasus has suspended flights to Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands from 16th March until 17th April.
11/3/2020 - Pegasus has announced that all flights to/from Italy and Iraq from March 1 - April 16 are canceled and all flights to/from Iran from February 24 - April 16 are canceled.
Qatar Airways 17/5/2020 - Qatar Airways has decided to postpone the retirement of their A330 cargo aircrafts as the demand for freighter services has increased. The aircrafts which were due to retire between April - September, will now serve for the entire year.
15/5/2020 - Qatar Airways plans to cut 20% of their workforce, representing more than 9000 jobs.
7/5/2020 - Qatar Airways plans to increase its destinations to 52 by the end of May and to 80 by June.
2/5/2020 - Qatar Airways is still operating flights to 35 cities around the world including London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Sydney, helping thousands of passengers get home.
15/4/2020 - Qatar Airways has secured 850 million USD in financing from Standard Chartered. The carrier has used 7 Boeing 787-9 aircraft as collateral on the deal.
2/4/2020 - Qatar Airways has downsized their operations significantly and is currently the only airline flying from their base at Doha.
29/3/2020 - Qatar airways has continued to fly to Europe, Asia and Australia, bringing Qatari citizens who have been left stranded back home.
20/3/2020 - Qatar Airways has reduced it's capacity by 75% and grounded all of it’s A380 aircraft until 1st June 2020.
15/3/2020 - Qatar Airways has suspended services to/from Italy, Jordan and Kuwait. They have also put a hold on stopover services in Doha.
Sichuan Airlines 1/5/2020 - Sichuan Airlines is extending a reduced international service for May 2020, as the airline has scheduled 1 weekly flight each to Cairo, Chiang Rai and Vancouver.
12/4/2020 - On 12th April 2020, Sichuan Airlines commenced new freighter operations at Changi with a weekly freighter service connecting Singapore to Chongqinq and Nantong.
31/3/2020 - Sichuan Airlines will operate only one weekly international service until early May 2020, as the CAAC has restricted all airlines to operate to only one destination in any country, once a week only.
Spirit 6/5/2020 - Reduced capacity for April 2020 by 75% and for May and June by approximately 95%.
21/4/2020 - Spirit Airlines is close to receiving $330 million in aid from the government to help pay salaries to their 9000 employees. Spirit Airlines has been told to reinstate flights to 25 cities or they could lose the government aid.
Eurowings 18/05/2020 - Eurowings plans to use 20 Airbus' and fly to 40 destinations by end of June 2020.
6/5/2020 - Eurowings has launched the ‘Ideas Get Wings’ competition, encouraging public to submit ideas for products, ground processes or digital customer service innovations for travel post the coronavirus era.
20/4/2020 - Eurowings has also already operated 27 repatriation flights with around 2500 passengers on board, with 9 more currently planned.
7/4/2020 - The Lufthansa Group announced that it will reduce the long-haul business of Eurowings, in addition to permanently discontinuing Germanwings operations.
23/3/2020 - From 25th March 2020, Eurowings is planning to reduce to around 10% percent of their previous flight capacity.
Korean Air 7/5/2020 - Korean Air plans to increase international routes from 13 in May to 32 in June, growing weekly international flights from 55 to 146.
3/5/2020 - This month Korean Air will draw up a 1.5 trillion won ($1.23 billion) self-rescue plan, including a 1 trillion won stock offering in return for the massive financial support from the two state lenders.
24/4/2020 - Two state-owned banks in South Korea said they would provide up to 1.2 trillion won ($971 million) in liquidity to support Korean Air Lines.
8/4/2020 - Korean Air furloughs 70% of employees for 6 months from 16th April until 15th October 2020.
27/3/2020 - Korean Air announced that salaries of its executive VPs and above will be reduced by 50% senior VPs by 40%, and managing VPs by 30%, starting from April.
22/3/2020 - Korean Air has announced an 85% reduction in international flights.
10/3/2020 - Korean Air is reportedly fighting for survival and encouraging employees to take voluntary leave. All 10 Airbus A380s are taken out of service until April 25th.
Vueling 1/5/2020 - IAG has confirmed that its Spanish subsidiary Vueling has signed an agreement for a state-backed loan worth €260 million.
18/4/2020 - Vueling has donated 50 tablets and 15 computers to facilitate communication with family members and access to education and entertainment for the groups served by the Sant Joan de Déu Social Work in Barcelona, ​​Valencia and Palma.
1/4/2020 - Vueling has further downsized its operations for summer 2020 season and will operate a reduced schedule.
24/3/2020 - Vueling is currently operating less than 25% of their capacity.
Iberia 7/5/2020 - In May Iberia plans to carry out Covid-19 tests on around 2,500 of its employees working at the airport, aircraft maintenance, cockpit and cabin crews. During the year, Iberia plans to test all 17,000 of their employees.
1/5/2020 - IAG has confirmed that its Spanish subsidiary Iberia has signed an agreement for a state-backed loan worth €750 million.
18/4/2020 - Iberia will commence it's 2nd phase of repatriation flights to destinations it has never flown to. By the end of April Iberia will have operated more than 30 rescue flights to over 20 countries to bring back Spanish citizens.
7/4/2020 - Iberia has repatriated 70,000 people since mid-march from Spain to different countries all over the world.
29/3/2020 - Iberia expects to reduce capacity by 80% in April and May 2020.
Shandong Airlines 4/5/2020 - Shandong Airlines is operating a temporary 4 times weekly Kunming - Delhi cargo service with reconfigured boeing passenger aircraft.
15/4/2020 - Shandong Airlines said that its net loss for Q1 2020 would be in the range of 500 - 700 million yuan ($70.9 million to $99.3 million).
31/3/2020 - Shandong Airlines will operate only one weekly international service until early May 2020, as the CAAC has restricted all airlines to operate to only one destination in any country, once a week only.
WestJet 10/5/2020 - Westjet has extended their flight suspension on many routes until early July; transborder and international route suspensions until 25th June.
1/5/2020 - WestJet has reached an agreement with ALPA (Airline Pilot Association) which will save more than 1000 pilot positions at the airline, as well as at subsidiaries WestJet Encore and Swoop.
15/4/2020 - WestJet lays off 1,700 pilots and almost three quarters of the airline’s fleet has been reduced.
24/3/2020 - 6,900 Westjet employees are receiving notices confirming early retirements, early outs and both voluntary and involuntary leaves.
16/3/2020 - Westjet will suspend scheduled commercial operations for all international and transborder from 22nd March 2020.
Virgin Australia 18/5/2020 - The four bidders that have moved to the next round to take over Virgin Australia are Cyrus Capital, Bain Capital, BGH and Indigo Partners.
30/4/2020 - Virgin Australia is still operating limited flights which are helping to transport essential workers, maintain important freight corridors, and return Australians home.
20/4/2020 - Virgin Australia is preparing to go into voluntary administration due to the enormous debts caused by the coronavirus travel restrictions.
14/4/2020 - Virgin Australia has gone into a trading halt as it seeks to restructure financing.
10/4/2020 - Virgin Australia has suspended all domestic flights except for 1 route between Melbourne and Sydney and other government rescue flights.
31/3/2020 - Virgin Australia has asked the Federal Government for a $1.4 billion loan to help the airline through the coronavirus crisis.
25/3/2020 - Virgin Australia will cut its domestic flights by 90% and put 80% of it's employees on leave.
18/3/2020 - Virgin Australia will suspend all international flights from 30th March 30th until 14th June 2020.
Garuda Indonesia 12/5/2020 - Indonesia is finalizing a US$1 billion financial bailout plan for Garuda to help the carrier stave off a debt default.
7/5/2020 - Garuda Indonesia restarted domestic flight operations from 7th May 2020.
6/5/2020 - Garuda has received 3 loan facilities from state-owned Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) with a total value of US$382 million to fund the airline’s working capital.
24/4/2020 - In line with the Indonesian Governments ban on all passenger flights, Garuda has suspended all domestic flights and most international flights. Special repatriation flights, flights involved in law enforcement operations and other emergency flights carrying a special permit from the Transportation Ministry will continue to operate.
17/4/2020 - Garuda has cut employee salaries by 10% - 50% from April until June 2020.
21/3/2020 - Garuda has reduced domestic frequencies and has seen a 30%-35% drop in the domestic market.
20/3/2020 - Garuda’s international market has been hit hard, with entry restrictions to various countries including Saudi Arabia where the carrier normally flies more than half a million Indonesian pilgrims each year.
9/3/2020 - The airline is planning to deploy capacity on cargo routes as it seeks to contain the hit of the virus outbreak.
4/2/2020 - Garuda Indonesia has temporarily suspended 40 flights to/from China daily.
VietJet Air 10/5/2020 - Vietjet Air announced on 10th May that it has resumed all of its 45 domestic air routes. Vietjet reported Q1 2020 losses of VND989 billion ($42 million).
15/4/2020 - Vietjet has launched ‘Power Pass’ that allows its holders to take unlimited domestic flights within Vietnam. The airline is offering two Power Pass options, one valid until September 2020 and the other valid until March 2021.
26/3/2020 - Vietjet has launched an insurance policy named "SKY COVID CARE" that allows passengers to claim up to 200 million Vietnamese dong ($8,550) if they are infected with the virus while traveling on one of its flights.
18/3/2020 - Vietjet has suspended all international flights to and from Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Indonesia from 20th March 2020.
9/3/2020 - Vietjet has suspended all flights to Hongkong and Macau until April 30th.
1/2/2020 - VietJet has suspended all flights to China from February.
Azul 20/5/2020 - Azul is re-opening 5 operating bases in Brazil and plans to operate over 150 daily flights in June.
2/5/2020 - Azul plans to slowly start adding flights back to their domestic network in Brazil.
14/4/2020 - Azul has seen a 36% increase in it's cargo revenue for Q1 2020 due to higher demand.
25/3/2020 - Azul has cut its planned capacity by 90% until the end of April 2020.
16/3/2020 - Azul will cut all of its international flights out of its main hub in Sao Paulo.
11/3/2020 - Azul has halted hiring and offered employees unpaid leave.
Air India 25/5/2020 - Air India commenced domestic flight operations on 25th May 2020 as the Indian government has lifted the domestic flight ban after 2 months.
7/4/2020 - Air India is operating repatriation flights to Germany, France, Ireland and London. Cargo flights are also operating to/from Shanghai carrying medical equipment.
25/3/2020 - Air India has suspended all international flights from 22nd March 2020 and all domestic flights from 25th March 2020 in line with the Indian governments directive to suspend all commercial passenger flights.
Alitalia 20/5/2020 - Alitalia has announced that it will resume its connections with Spain, specifically Madrid and Barcelona from 2nd June. The airline will increase its flights by 36% in June compared to May.
4/5/2020 - Alitalia has suspended its last long-haul route (Rome - New York) and will only operate regional / short-haul routes during May 2020.
21/4/2020 - Alitalia has been enforcing social distancing measures on repatriation flights operated, including gloves and masks worn by crew and passengers, an upper-limit of 60 people per flight - down from 180 and has also fitted planes with air purifiers.
9/4/2020 - Alitalia is currently operating essential services and repatriation flights.
23/3/2020 - Alitalia is currently operating 100 flights a day, a quarter of its normal activity.
20/3/2020 - The Italian government has taken full ownership and control of Alitalia on 17th March 2020 to save the airline from collapsing amid the virus outbreak.
Vietnam Airlines 1/5/2020 - Vietnam Airlines and its subsidiaries (Jetstar Pacific and Vasco) have announced plans to increase domestic operations in May.
28/4/2020 - Vietnam Airlines will provide two direct flights from Vietnam to the U.S. (San Francisco and Washington D.C) in early May, so Americans can return home.
16/4/2020 - Vietnam Airlines will operate two return flights per day on the route between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as of 16th April, doubling that of the first half of this month.
30/3/2020 - Vietnam Airlines has reduced its domestic network to just one return flight per day.
20/3/2020 - Vietnam Airlines has temporarily suspended all international flights from 21st March 2020 until further notice.
 
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