Regional Carrier Compass Airlines Operates Final Flight

Three hours and 32 minutes after pushing back from the gate at Tulsa International Airport, Compass flight 6047 pulled into a gate for the final time. Arriving at Los Angeles International Airport nine minutes ahead of schedule, the American Eagle-colored Embraer 175 and the crew and passengers inside were the last to play a part in Compass' 13-year history. After ceasing operations with its final flight the evening of April 5, Compass became one of the more notable corporate casualties of the ongoing coronavirus crisis…

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A Compass E175 aircraft operating for American Eagle in Los Angeles (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

United, American Significantly Reduce New York Service

New York has become the epicenter for the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. As such travel demand to the city has collapsed, as has demand across the world. In response, United, one of the largest carriers in the city, has made drastic reductions to its flying schedule. In total, the airline will have 17 daily flights to New York, with a majority of the flights at its hub at Newark. At Newark, the airlines’ third-largest hub will have 15 daily flights to nine destinations.…

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An American A321 at New York's LaGuardia Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Secondary Airports Threatened By ‘Minimum Service’ Rule In CARES Act

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create havoc for air traffic around the world, airport companies are quickly adjusting to adapt to this new situation with significantly fewer passengers closing down terminals, consolidating traffic to their main facilities and, in some extreme cases, closing down secondary airports in metro areas commonly served by more than one installation. In the United States, the CARES Act passed into law by the Government on March 27 will provide financial relief to airlines for an amount of almost $60…

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United Express Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft (Photo: Quintin Soloviev (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

San Francisco Temporarily Closes International Concourse A Gates

Although San Francisco International Airport (SFO) remains open and operational during the Bay Area's "shelter in place" lockdown, the airport is closing one of two concourses at the International Terminal after a major drop in travel due to the coronavirus. SFO officials say international flights have dropped almost 52 percent in the last few weeks. The airport currently remains opens “for essential traffic,” despite the state of California entering lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. All flights using the International Terminal will use a…

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A Cathay Pacific A350 at SFO (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Opinion: Suggestions on Keeping Up with Your Flight Training During COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced many non-essential businesses to shut down and the majority of the population to stay at home, resulting in an unprecedented impact on the aviation industry. Major airlines have parked much of their fleet following the decline in passenger numbers. Many pilots around the world have been furloughed or put on reserve as their carriers struggle to successfully navigate the crisis. Here in Pennsylvania, where I live, shutdowns of non-essential businesses started three weeks ago. Stay at home orders soon…

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Azul's A320neo PR-YRW cockpit. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Azul’s CEO Warns That Current Bailout Package May Not Be Enough

With demand for air travel practically vanishing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines around the world are trying to find the best financial solutions to assure survival during the upcoming months. Generally, along with cash-preserving measures, this incurred in seeking help from governments. For Brazilian airlines, this was no different. Executives were outspoken about the gravity of the situation since traffic fell off the cliff. At the moment, the only measure the federal government has launched is a legal act clearing refunds to be paid…

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Azul's CEO, John Rodgerson, at the delivery of Azul's first E195-E2. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

United to Provide Free Round-Trip Fights to Medical Volunteers

United Airlines is to provide free round-trip flights for medical volunteers wishing to help the frontline fight against the COVID-19 crisis to help treat patients in New York City. The airline is working with the city's Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, as well as some medical volunteer organizations, to coordinate travel for medical professionals from across the United States. United is also working with local government agencies and its charity partners to ensure medical professionals are staffed in hospitals best suited to their…

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A United 777-200 takes off from Washington Dulles (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ben Suskind)

Gatwick and Heathrow Limit Operations Due to Reduced Demand

Traffic movements at London’s main airports have significantly reduced as a result of the worldwide downturn in air passenger traffic. Last week London City airport located near the financial center of London catering predominantly to premium traffic is temporarily closed to all flights. Earlier this week Gatwick Airport announced its single runway would be in operation between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. only with the consolidation of all flight arrivals and departures to its South Terminal. The south London airport is the main base of…

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A British Airways 747-400 at London's Heathrow Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | James Dinsdale)

American Announces Further International Reductions for Summer Schedule

As uncertainty around the duration of the COVID-19 emergency hampers travel demand and restricts international mobility, airlines around the world are adjusting their capacity to this new reality. American Airlines announced on Thursday further capacity cuts that will be made to its schedule during the peak summer season. The Fort Worth-based carrier will reduce capacity more than 60 percent compared to the same period last year, which includes an 80 percent reduction in Pacific capacity, a 65 percent reduction in Atlantic capacity and a 48…

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An American Airlines 777-200 at Chicago O'Hare (Photo: Greg Linton)

Airlines, Government Set for Debate Over Terms of Aid

When President Donald Trump signed the over $2 trillion stimulus package known as the CARES Act into law on March 27, he, in conjunction with a bipartisan group of legislators, touted the success of setting aside hundreds of billions for small businesses, large businesses in troubled industries and consumers, alike. While concessions were made by both sides during the negotiations, the largest aid package in history sailed through Congress with barely a hiccup. But that proved to be only the first step in a long…

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Regional Carrier Compass Airlines Operates Final Flight

Three hours and 32 minutes after pushing back from the gate at Tulsa International Airport, Compass flight 6047 pulled into a gate for the final time. Arriving at Los Angeles…

United, American Significantly Reduce New York Service

New York has become the epicenter for the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. As such travel demand to the city has collapsed, as has demand across the world. In…

Secondary Airports Threatened By ‘Minimum Service’ Rule In CARES Act

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create havoc for air traffic around the world, airport companies are quickly adjusting to adapt to this new situation with significantly fewer passengers closing…