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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 […]

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 […]

British Airways extends revolving credit facility

British Airways has extended its United States dollar secured revolving credit facility for one year. The move, confirmed by International Airlines Group, will take effect from June 23rd. The amount available under the extended facility is $1.38 billion. Including the extended facility and some smaller additional facilities recently arranged, IAG has total undrawn general and […]

Vietnam Airlines to further cut domestic services

Vietnam Airlines has confirmed it will continue to reduce the frequency of domestic flights. The move is designed to further enhance preventive measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 pandemic. Vietnam has been among the most proactive destinations in tackling the outbreak, with less than 200 recorded cases of coronavirus to date. Until April 15th, […]