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Finnair to Lay Off 10% of Workforce

As part of its plan to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, which has left much of the world immobile, Finnair announced it will be laying off 10% of its employees, accounting for more than 700 people. The decision comes after months of negotiations between the airline and employee unions regarding wage cuts and temporary layoffs, which seek to reduce the number of permanent layoffs to be executed in the future In a statement, Finnair CEO Topi Manner said, “I’m grateful…

Argentina’s Government Says Flights Will Come Back To Buenos Aires’…

After months of uncertainty regarding the future of the country’s only low-cost airport; Argentina’s aviation industry has had a ray of hope as the country’s transport minister confirmed that flights will be coming back to El Palomar airport in Buenos Aires as part of the nation’s plan to resume operations.…

Peru To Resume International Flights This Month

After a seven-month suspension, Peru is reopening its skies to commercial flight operations in October. The country’s international trade and tourism minister, Rocio Barrios, announced that international travel will resume on Oct. 5, reinstating commercial connectivity with other Latin American countries first. In an interview with a national radio station,…

Colombia Resumes 63 Routes As Part of Plan to Reinstate…

Throughout September, Colombia has resumed commercial airline operations. Domestic flights were allowed back to the skies on Sept. 1 and international fights restarted on Sept. 19. As the country continues to reopen its skies, Colombia announced it will be reopening 63 domestic routes from major cities such as Bogotá, Medellin,…

British Airways Chief Executive Provides Outlook on Sector Recovery

British Airways Chief Executive Officer Alex Cruz spoke to the U.K. parliament’s transport committee on Wednesday after being summoned to comment on the sector’s recovery plan following the impact of COVID-19 as well as to respond to allegations regarding staffing. This came after the airline executed mass layoffs and changes…

IATA Believes COVID-19 Vaccine Transport Will Present Global Cargo Challenge

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has made a statement urging governments to plan ahead and work along with key industry stakeholders to prepare for COVID-19 vaccine distribution for once a suitable immunization is ready and internationally available. The group's statement comes as vaccine transportation is at the forefront of…

Avianca Set To Receive Government Funding

After months of uncertainty regarding state support to commercial aviation, the Colombian government is lending up to $370 million to flag carrier Avianca to be used as part of the company’s restructuring process. The credit must be repaid before November 2021. The decision to grant funding was approved by Colombia’s…

Air Asia Posts Second Quarter Results, Focuses on Short-Term Domestic…

After reporting losses accounting for MYR 1.18 billion ($283 million) during the second quarter of the year, Air Asia is looking to focus its efforts on recovering domestic markets in the countries it serves first, as countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia begin to reinstitute local mobility. This differs…

Countries Turn to Testing To Reopen Borders

Travel across Europe is in a tough spot at the moment as countries increasingly require arriving passengers to quarantine upon arrival. In the U.K., the government now requires passengers arriving from a handful of countries, including Spain, France, the Netherlands and Belgium, to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. As…

Delta Remains Confident In Business Travel Rebound

In comments to The Washington Post, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said that he is confident that business travel will return in the future despite being having been greatly reduced over the past months due to COVID-19 pandemic. The executive has been firm with this stance and has repeatedly assured it…