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COVID-19 News Roundup

Tracking the impact of the pandemic on travel

COVID-19 News Roundup

We understand that keeping track of the industry-related news in a fast-paced and changing environment is tough, so we are following key aviation developments and providing them here a few times a week.  We began tracking these news items related to COVID-19 and its impact around mid-March, once the World Health Organization declared a pandemic.

  
Region Date Sort descending Organization Summary
North America 16 Mar 2020 United US bookings plunge 70%
North America 16 Mar 2020 Air Canada Postponed launches of new routes
EMEA 16 Mar 2020 Air France Grounding its entire A380 fleet
North America 16 Mar 2020 American Airlines Reducing intnl capacity by 75%
EMEA 16 Mar 2020 Government UK airlines call for multibillion bailout
North America 16 Mar 2020 Hawaiian Airlines Suspending service to Australia, New Zealand
EMEA 16 Mar 2020 KLM KLM retiring 747s early
EMEA 16 Mar 2020 British Airways Willie Walsh postpones retirement
EMEA 16 Mar 2020 Lufthansa Cuts long haul capacity by 90%
APAC 16 Mar 2020 All Nippon Airways Major domestic reductions
Latin America 16 Mar 2020 LATAM Suspending new investments, expenses and hiring
North America 16 Mar 2020 Delta Implementing a hiring freeze and voluntary unpaid leave
North America 16 Mar 2020 Air Canada Drew down its US$600 million revolving credit facility
EMEA 16 Mar 2020 Air France Up to 80% of its workforce could be temporarily laid off
Global 16 Mar 2020 COVID-19 Coronavirus Travel Restrictions, Across the Globe 
North America 16 Mar 2020 American Airlines Suspend nearly all long-haul flights
North America 16 Mar 2020 Government Canada closing borders to noncitizens
North America 16 Mar 2020 Hawaiian Airlines Systemwide flight capacity cuts in April and May
EMEA 16 Mar 2020 KLM Lays off between 1,500 and 2,000 staff
EMEA 16 Mar 2020 British Airways Jobs will be lost
EMEA 16 Mar 2020 Lufthansa Forcasting €1.5bn operating loss in 2020
Latin America 16 Mar 2020 LATAM Cut 30% of their international flights
North America 16 Mar 2020 Delta Cutting system capacity by 40%
North America 16 Mar 2020 United Cuts capacity by 50%
North America 16 Mar 2020 Air Canada Big capacity cuts (50%) and temporary route suspensions
EMEA 16 Mar 2020 Air France Cutting capacity by up to 90%
EMEA 16 Mar 2020 Air France Government will stand behind airline
North America 16 Mar 2020 Government President Trump considering domestic restrictions, adds U.K. to ban
North America 16 Mar 2020 American Airlines AA Pilot tests positive for COVID
EMEA 16 Mar 2020 KLM Cutting capacity by up to 90%
EMEA 16 Mar 2020 British Airways Cutting 75% of flights in April, May
EMEA 16 Mar 2020 Lufthansa LHG grounds Austrian Airlines
APAC 16 Mar 2020 All Nippon Airways Reduced flights to North America and Europe
Latin America 16 Mar 2020 LATAM Brazil's government is expected to announce a relief package
North America 16 Mar 2020 Delta Delta parking up to 300 aircraft, Deferring new aircraft deliveries
North America 17 Mar 2020 American Airlines American Airlines jobs on the line
EMEA 17 Mar 2020 Brussels Airlines Brussels Airlines requests state aid
EMEA 17 Mar 2020 Austrian Airlines Austrian Airlines to suspend all operations
Latin America 17 Mar 2020 LATAM LATAM Airlines to cancel 90% of its international flights
Global 17 Mar 2020 COVID-19 Coronavirus Travel Restrictions, Across the Globe:
North America 17 Mar 2020 Industry Airlines are doing away with middle seats and beverage service
EMEA 17 Mar 2020 Government Switzerland Locks Down Until April
North America 17 Mar 2020 Air Canada Air Canada to request government help
EMEA 17 Mar 2020 British Airways British Airways due to make pilot redundancies
EMEA 17 Mar 2020 Lufthansa Brussels Airlines temporarily suspends all its flights as of 21 March until 19 April
EMEA 17 Mar 2020 Lufthansa Austrian Airlines to suspend all operations
Latin America 17 Mar 2020 LATAM Chile closes borders as Latam grounds flights over pandemic
EMEA 17 Mar 2020 Government UK government is now advising against all non-essential travel worldwide
North America 17 Mar 2020 Air Canada Air Canada suspends flights from Dubai
EMEA 17 Mar 2020 Brussels Airlines Brussels Airlines temporarily suspends all its flights as of 21 March until 19 April