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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 Organization Summary
North America 22 Oct 2020 Air Canada Air Canada Welcomes the Announcement of Alberta COVID-19 Testing Initiative Aimed at Easing Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine
North America 22 Oct 2020 American Airlines American Sees Short-Haul International as Q4 Bright Spot
APAC 21 Oct 2020 ANA ANA to book record annual loss, shed half of large jets due to virus
North America 21 Oct 2020 Westjet WestJet to Refund All Passengers on Flights Canceled Due to Covid-19
Latin America 21 Oct 2020 LATAM LATAM Airlines Group appoints new Chief Commercial Officer
North America 21 Oct 2020 Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Airlines To Resume US’ Longest Domestic Flight
EMEA 21 Oct 2020 Lufthansa Lufthansa Announces Reduced Losses for Q3
North America 21 Oct 2020 Delta Delta CEO: COVID-19 international travel recovery will require regulations
North America 21 Oct 2020 Air Canada Nationalise Air Canada? Union floats idea of returning to government ownership
North America 21 Oct 2020 American Airlines American Airlines To Trial Digital ID In Washington & Dallas
EMEA 21 Oct 2020 Air Portugal Wow: TAP Air Portugal Launches Unlimited Europe Flight Pass
EMEA 21 Oct 2020 Air Europa Spain’s Air Europa may get €450m aid, resumes more int’l ops
EMEA 21 Oct 2020 IATA ​IATA downgrades Africa and Middle East traffic forecasts
EMEA 21 Oct 2020 KLM KLM starts second round of voluntary departure scheme
EMEA 21 Oct 2020 British Airways British Airways CEO: Airline Industry May Never Recover From COVID-19
Global 21 Oct 2020 Industry Inside Manufacturer Research For Inflight COVID Transmission
EMEA 21 Oct 2020 Lufthansa Lufthansa Will Only Offer 25% Of Pre COVID Flights In Q4
North America 21 Oct 2020 United United Airlines tests COVID-19 ‘health pass’ to kick-start global travel again
APAC 21 Oct 2020 Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific Will Cut 8,500 Jobs and Close Cathay Dragon Carrier
North America 21 Oct 2020 Delta Delta CEO says airline will continue COVID-19 middle seat policy 'well into next year'
North America 21 Oct 2020 Air Canada Air Canada launches all-premium Jetz flights for winter leisure travel
North America 21 Oct 2020 American Airlines 98% Of American Airlines’ Passengers Are Happy To Fly On Full Planes
Latin America 21 Oct 2020 LATAM LATAM Airlines Brasil mulls pilot, crew rehires to cut costs
Multiple 21 Oct 2020 Government Deal restores flights between India and Germany
EMEA 21 Oct 2020 Emirates Emirates looking to restore U.S. network as soon as possible
North America 21 Oct 2020 Aeroméxico Aeromexico Reports A $136 Million Loss For Q3
EMEA 20 Oct 2020 Iceland Air Icelandair plans for 30% capacity cut in summer 2021 schedule
APAC 20 Oct 2020 Air New Zealand Air New Zealand offers 'mystery breaks' to lure travelers back
Latin America 20 Oct 2020 LATAM LATAM Airlines Brasil considers shifting passenger ops to cargo subsidiary to reduce wage costs
EMEA 20 Oct 2020 Government Heathrow Airport Begins Pre-Departure COVID Test Program
North America 20 Oct 2020 Government The Trump administration let aviation companies lay off more than 16,500 workers while taking coronavirus relief funds — some used the money to pay executives — according to a congressional report
EMEA 20 Oct 2020 Government Russia to give airlines ₽30mn in covid subsidies but no more
EMEA 20 Oct 2020 Finnair Finnair To Axe 10% Of Its Workforce
APAC 20 Oct 2020 Singapore Airlines Singapore Airlines Returns To New York With World’s Longest Flight
North America 20 Oct 2020 Delta Delta Air Lines details its expanded cleaning processes
APAC 20 Oct 2020 Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific Will Fly Only 50% Of Pre-Crisis Capacity In 2021
EMEA 20 Oct 2020 airBaltic airBaltic has cash until 2025 unless no recovery by 2Q21
North America 20 Oct 2020 Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Airlines CEO: We won’t get back to 2019 levels until ‘well beyond next summer’
EMEA 20 Oct 2020 KLM KLM Boss Says Airspace Reforms Are A No Brainer
North America 20 Oct 2020 Government U.S. CDC 'Strongly Recommends' Air, Rail Passenger Face Masks
North America 20 Oct 2020 United United’s CEO Currently Forecasts Demand Returning In 2022
North America 20 Oct 2020 Expedia Expedia Group Goes Deeper on Job Cuts
EMEA 19 Oct 2020 KLM KLM’s CEO Believes Hub And Spoke Airlines Will Be Critical To Recovery
EMEA 19 Oct 2020 Lufthansa Lufthansa details the future of its first-class experience
EMEA 19 Oct 2020 Government ​UK to implement testing regime by December: transport secretary
APAC 19 Oct 2020 ANA All Nippon Airways to operate 15% of planned international frequencies in Nov-2020
North America 19 Oct 2020 Industry TSA Crosses Million-Passenger Threshold in Daily Screenings
EMEA 19 Oct 2020 Industry ‘All airlines are going bankrupt’: UK industry body chief
Latin America 19 Oct 2020 LATAM LATAM Airlines Group capacity down 80% year-on-year in Sep-2020
EMEA 19 Oct 2020 British Airways BRITISH AIRWAYS: NEW BOSS DEMANDS PRE-FLIGHT TESTING