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Calls to block aviation bailouts on environmental grounds

More than 250 organisations from 25 countries have published an open letter directed to governments, urging them to refrain from “unfair” bailouts of the aviation industry on environmental grounds. Instead, governments are implored to use this moment to embed social and environmental conditions, with enhanced protection for workers and a planned transition towards what the […]

Etihad Airways to test airport technology for Covid detection

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will partner with Australian company Elenium Automation to trial new technology which allows self-service devices at airports to be used to help identify travelers with medical conditions, potentially including the early stages of COVID-19.  Etihad will be the first airline to trial the technology, which can monitor the temperature, heart rate […]

easyJet secures £600 million in government funding

easyJet has issued £600 million of commercial paper through the Covid Corporate Financing Facility. The decision comes as the low-cost carrier seeks to maximise its liquidity in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The airline has currently suspended virtually all flights, and there is a growing concern over the financial impact of an extended grounding. […]

IATA urge support for Asia Pacific airlines

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is urging Asia-Pacific states to take urgent action to provide financial support to their airline industry impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, as is happening in other parts of the world. Australia, New Zealand and Singapore have already announced a substantial package of measures to support their aviation industries. Major […]

Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Unite fly in crucial medical supplies for the NHS

Virgin Atlantic has teamed up with Virgin Group’s not-for-profit foundation, Virgin Unite, to fly a special charter flight from Shanghai to London, bringing in essential medical supplies and PPE equipment for the National Health Service (NHS). The Boeing 787-9 aircraft operated the VS251 from Shanghai which departed at 11:40 local time on 3rd April landing […]

Emirates to receive cash injection from Dubai government

The government of Dubai has offered its backing to Emirates, and will “inject equity into the company” in order to protect it from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai, said the airline was vital to the strategic interests of the United Arab Emirates […]

British Airways confirms staff furlough

International Airlines Group has confirmed further cuts to its planned schedule, with only ten per cent of flights now set to operate in April and May. In mid-March, the group – which owns Iberia, British Airways and Aer Lingus – had unveiled plans to cut three quarters of departures in response to the coronavirus pandemic. […]

Ethiopian Airlines reduces UK services

Ethiopian Airlines has announced temporary schedule adjustments to its UK flight operations. From today, and for a period of four weeks, the airline has paused the four times weekly Manchester operation and reduced its daily flight to Heathrow to three weekly departures. The Heathrow route will operate on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The flights will […]

Hubei Province flights resume

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has announced the resumption of civil aviation flights in Hubei Province, the region where the COVID-19 pandemic began. On March 29, 2020, domestic passenger flights at all Hubei airports other than Wuhan Tianhe Airport resumed, with Wuhan Tianhe flights to restart on April 8. CAAC also confirmed that, […]