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Qantas Halts International Flights Through December

Qantas Airways announced on Wednesday that it would be forced to halt any current and planned international flights until at least the end of the year. Australia's national carrier said that the sudden decision was mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the country's newly revised anticipated timeline for the completion of the vaccination rollout — currently set for the end of this year — and with the timelines for the reopening of Australia's international borders to mid-2022. Despite having…

Cebu Air Bleeds In First Quarter Net-Loss

Cebu Air, the listed operator of budget carrier Cebu Pacific, posted a net loss of P7.3 billion (US$152.6 million) in the first quarter of 2021, as the Philippines struggles to contain COVID-19 infection cases, Business World reports. Cebu Air's net loss is 516% higher than the US$25.1 million net loss…

HK Express Completes CommonPass Trial

HK Express announced on Monday that it has completed its first flight trial using CommonPass. By securely validating and storing Covid-19 tests and vaccine records, the digital health passport application will enable passengers to easily comply with health-related entry requirements globally, while still simultaneously streamlining the HK Express pre-departure experience.…

ANA, Japan Airlines Strengthening Low-Cost Services

With uncertainty remaining over when – or if – travel demand will make a full-fledged recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, two of Japan's major airlines are positioning themselves to take advantage of any upturn with a punt on low-cost services, per Kyodo News. As leisure demand is expected to have…

Emirates Flying Medical Supplies to Aid India’s Covid-19 Crisis

United Arab Emirates flag carrier Emirates announced on Sunday that it will fly medical supplies from its base in Dubai to nine cities in India free of charge from this week onwards to help the country battle a tragic and escalating upsurge in Covid-19 infections. India reported 4,092 new deaths…

Japan Airlines Reports Fiscal Year Loss, Provides No Outlook

Japan Airlines reported on Friday an annual net loss of 286.7 billion yen ($2.6 billion) but did not release a forecast for the current financial year, citing rising uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic as it continues to negatively affect air travel demand. This is the carrier's first fiscal year loss…

SpiceJet Deferring Employee Salaries by up to 50 Percent

India's low-cost domestic carrier, SpiceJet, has made the decision to defer up to fifty percent of April's salaries of its many employees as a lack of cash amidst India's second wave of Covid-19 infections has tragically impacted its operations. Junior employees such as the drivers and loaders have received their…

British Airways Set To Return To Hong Kong

British Airways will soon resume passenger flights to Hong Kong, following the lifting of the Hong Kong government's suspension on passenger services from the United Kingdom. This good news comes as Hong Kong has been known to be one of the strictest countries when it comes down to border restrictions…

ACCC Making Moves to Block Tie-Up Between Qantas-Japan Airlines

Australia's competition regulator came out on Thursday, May 6, and said that it was proposing to block a code-sharing, pricing and scheduling deal between home carrier Qantas and Japan Airlines because it would likely mean higher fares and possibly worse service for passengers. Qantas had claimed that the five-year agreement…

New Indonesian Start-up Eyes Millennial Travelers

Indonesian budget start-up airline Super Air Jet is the latest airline trying it luck to find a seat within the aviation industry, having just established in May 2021, per Business Times. Its President Director, Ari Azhari, said this fresh private carrier was entirely funded and owned by Indonesians. “This air…