Category: CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

Nowergian to Halt Over 4,000 Flights and Cut up to 50% of Staff

Reading Time: < 1 minute Norwegian, a low-cost carrier and Norway’s largest airline, has joined the army of airlines battling with dramatic decline in travel demand amid the global coronavirus outbreak. The operator has announced that it cuts over 4,000 flights by grounding 40 per cent of its long-haul fleet and cancelling up to 25 per cent of its short-haul […]

Kuwait Halts Commercial Passenger Flights Until Further Notice

Reading Time: < 1 minute Kuwait’s government has taken a decision to suspend all commercial flights to and out of the country starting 11:59 pm on 13 March, 2020, until further notice amid the global outbreak of the coronavirus. The tough restriction applies to all non Kuwaitis. The country will remain open only to Kuwaiti citizens and their first degree […]

Trump Suspends Travel from 26 European Countries to the US

Reading Time: < 1 minute In light of major outbreak of coronavirus in Europe, Trump has announced about stricter measures to contain virus spread in the US. This includes suspension of travel between 26 European countries and the US for 30 days.  This restriction, which comes into effect at 11:59 pm on Friday, denies temporary entry to the US only […]

Qantas Grounds Eight Airbus A380s, Delays A350 XWB Order

Reading Time: 3 minutes It is hard to recall the times when the fear of air travel was spreading like wildfire through the whole globe as it is doing right now. And we do not talk about those suffering from aerophobia. This is the novel coronavirus which makes passenger numbers drastically decline. In some cases these are governmental decisions […]

Lufthansa Considers Temporary Grounding of Airbus A380 Fleet

Reading Time: < 1 minute The novel coronavirus has developed into a severe migraine headache that numerous airlines worldwide are suffering from. For example, Lufthansa Group plans to reduce its capacity by up to 50% in the coming weeks. The decision to cut the capacity by up to 50% (concerning all passenger airlines in the Lufthansa Group) came in light […]

China Offers Airlines Financial Support amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Reading Time: 2 minutes On March 4, 2020, China’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAV) jointly issued a notice on offering financial support to airlines amid COVID-19 outbreak. As per the notice, direct cash incentives will be poured into supporting domestic and foreign carriers which operate international flights to/from China, in an effort […]

Cathay Pacific Urges Employees to Take Unpaid Leave

Reading Time: < 1 minute Due to the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, Cathay Pacific, the flag carrier of Hong Kong, has asked all of its 27,000 employees to take three weeks of unpaid leave between March and June, South China Morning Post reports. The decision to ask the staff to voluntarily take ‘special leave’ came as a result of […]

Coronavirus Declared International Concern Over Global Outbreak

Reading Time: 5 minutes UPDATED 31 January, 2020, 1:48 pm (UTC +2) The novel coronavirus has been announced to be a public health emergency of international concern over the global outbreak by the World Health Organization (WHO). The disease was declared a threat on the international level due to the cases of the virus springing up in other countries […]