Latest news related to the Coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the Air Transport industry

Governments news & relief measures


Country/region headline date
United Arab Emirates Emirates said to seek billions of dollars in bank loans 5 April
United States Democratic lawmakers urge Mnuchin against ‘unreasonable conditions’ on airline coronavirus aid 5 April
Russian Federation Russia Stops All International Flights, Even for Repatriation 4 April
Germany Lufthansa under mounting pressure to accept Government stake 3 April
Europe Alitalia sale to Italy won’t vex EU if price is right 3 April
United States American Airlines cutting international summer schedule by 60% as coronavirus drives down demand 2 April
Europe Airline bailouts must be ‘conditional’ on carriers lowering emissions, says EU climate commissioner 2 April
Africa $4 bn revenue loss for African airlines; IATA calls for immediate action from governments 2 April
Australia Australia to charter planes to send fresh food to key markets 2 April
Egypt Egypt's private airlines call for aviation minister to intervene amid coronavirus crisis 1 April
China, People's Republic of China turns focus to 'silent carriers' 1 April
United Kingdom UK support for aviation industry lacking, says AOA 31 March
Europe French Airline Tax Deferrals During Virus Crisis Win EU Approval 31 March
Global ACI World releases IT practices guidelines for airports 31 March
Europe Eurocontrol: All-cargo flights stay level as passenger traffic collapses March
United Kingdom Britain charters planes, enlists airlines to bring stranded citizens home 30 March
Germany Germany to issue coronavirus 'immunity certificates'  in bid to bring their lockdown to an end 29 March
Global IATA CEO Urges G20 Leaders To Implement Immediate Financial Support 29 March
Qatar Exclusive: Qatar Airways says it will need state support as cash runs out 29 March
Europe European airlines resist mounting coronavirus refund claims 29 March
Unites States
America's bailed-out airlines are not 'playing fair' with customers, travel expert says 28 March
China (People's Republic of)
China’s domestic aviation industry showing upward trend 27 March
United States Covid-19: US announces stimulus package for general aviation airports 27 March
China (People's Republic of)
China cuts international flights, bars foreign residents 27 March
United States Airlines Seen Spurning U.S. Loans Now With Other Funds Handy 25 March

Airlines & airports news


Country/region headline date
Global EasyJet founder warns airline 'will run out of money by August' 6 April
Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 to suspend operations for 18 months amid COVID-19 pandemic 6 April
United States American joins United, others in suspending more NYC flights on coronavirus spike 6 April
Global Coronavirus Impact on Aviation Insurance: Gallagher 5 April
United States Boeing extends Seattle-area production shutdown until further notice amid coronavirus pandemic 5 April
Budapest As coronavirus hits tourism, Wizz Air finds new role 5 April
China (People's Republic of) COVID-19 recovery: Air China files May holiday sched at 2019 levels 5 April 
United Arab Emirates Gulf Air says transit open again via Bahrain for international travelers 4 April 
United States Delta And United Extend Waivers For Flights Affected By Coronavirus To Two Years 4 April
India  Coronavirus effect: Air India stops bookings till April-end 4 April 
Global Airline Industry Warns of Crisis Bigger Than 9/11 4 April
Mexico Planes repossessed from Mexico’s Interjet an omen for airlines 3 April
Ireland Coronavirus Delivers ‘World’s First’ Drone Delivery Service 3 April
Europe Avolon cancels order for 75 Boeing MAX jets, 4 Airbus A330neo 3 April
Asia Asia Distillates-Jet cracks slump to lowest ever as coronavirus runs rampant 3 April
United Arab Emirates

Etihad Airways to resume passenger flights, awaits permission

3 April
Global  Will Most Airlines Ground The A380 Forever Due To Coronavirus? 3 April 
United States Airline cancel your flight due to coronavirus crisis? You're still due a refund, DOT says 3 April 
United States A Delta flight attendant describes what it's like flying during the coronavirus pandemic  3 April 
Global IAG cancels planned dividend payment 3 April
Global Emptying skies to cut airline emissions by 38% in 2020, report says 3 April
Hong Kong (SAR) China Coronavirus: Cathay Pacific to cut more flights after carrying just 582 people in a day 3 April
Global Airline industry braces for lengthy recovery from coronavirus crisis 3 April
Latin America

LATAM slashes April capacity by 95%

2 April
Global Global air passenger demand sees steepest decline since 9/11: IATA 2 April
China, People's Republic of China's Domestic Aviation Recovers, but Only Mildly, From Virus Shutdowns 2 April
United States Boeing offering buyouts as it projects recovery will take years 2 April
Asia Pacific More cuts to APAC schedules as coronavirus outbreak persist April
United Kingdom Coronavirus: BA expected to suspend 36,000 staff 2 April
Spain Airbus to produce 3D-printed hospital visors in fight against Covid-19 1 April
Europe KLM CEO says not working on Air France break-up 1 April
Korean, Republic of Foreign Korean Air pilots to take 3 months of unpaid leave 1 April
Global How One Jet Service Is Adapting To Flying During Coronavirus 1 April
Israel El Al extends suspension of passenger flights 1 April
Global EasyJet founder escalates spending row with challenge to board 1 April
Qatar Coronavirus: Qatar's Hamad International Airport cuts 40% of on-site staff temporarily 1 April
United States American Airlines pulls $2.7bn from credit lines as it prepares for lean months ahead 1 April
Global Airlines Facing What Official Calls 'Deepest Crisis Ever' 1 April
Global  Airbus A320 Cargo Seat Bags: A New Way To Transport Cargo 1 April
China, People's Republic of China Eastern sees ‘significant uncertainty’ in 2020 1 April
Portugal Portugal's flag carrier TAP to temporarily lay off 90% of staff in coronavirus crisis 31 March
United States JetBlue slashes flights by 80% from its New York-area home as coronavirus spreads 31 March
Global Airlines Face Mammoth Cash Crunch: $35B In Refundable Tickets, Total Burn Of $61B In Second Quarter 31 March
India Indian Airlines Move 15 Tons Of Medical Supplies On 62 Flights 31 March
Global For airlines, it is time to give nothing less than their best 31 March
United Kingdom Coronavirus: British Airways suspends all Gatwick flights 31 March
Global Airline traffic unlikely to return to pre-crisis levels before start of 2021 March
Australia Virgin Australia seeks $1.4 billion coronavirus bailout, Qantas says if that happens, it wants $4.2 billion 31 March
United States Spirit cancels New York, Connecticut, New Jersey flights after CDC warning 31 March
Global Coronavirus redraws battle lines on airline emissions 30 March
Europe Lufthansa Puts 27,000 Workers on Short Hours 30 March
Canada Air Canada Puts 16,500 Staff on Furlough, Cuts Operations 30 March
Asia Pacific COVID-19: SIA Group the big winner in Asia-Pac airline bailouts 30 March
Global Cabin crews drafted in to help at new coronavirus hospitals 30 March
Global Coronavirus: EasyJet grounds entire fleet of planes due to virus 30 March
United States Consolidating flights to US cities could help stem airline industry, executives say 29 March

Airbus uses A330 tanker to fly coronavirus air bridge

28 March
United States

11 flyers amid a sea of seats: Airlines' woes dwarf U.S. aid

28 March

Planning airline recovery during coronavirus outbreak

28 March

COVID-19: Global airlines will have differing routes to survival

27 March

Europe's airlines expected to lose $76bn in passenger revenues in 2020

26 March

Coronavirus-hit airports are on the brink of failure

26 March
United States Coronavirus among air traffic control workers could threaten U.S. aviation system 25 March
Europe Don’t forget about us, airports plead 24 March
Global KLM summer schedule just 10% of normal March
Global COVID-19 : Survival options for local airlines 24 March

Airlines slam EU response on passenger rights

19 March