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A Qatar Airways A350-900 pushing back for its next flight in Zurich. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Qatar Airways Announces New North America Route as Industry Shows Signs of Recovery

Qatar Airways has announced today that it will be flying between Doha and Toronto as of July 4. Flights will operate four times a week using the airline’s Airbus A350-900s. In a statement, Qatar Airways CEO said: “Qatar Airways has never stopped operating to Canada throughout this crisis and we are pleased to be able to further strengthen our support to the people of Canada with the addition of these three weekly scheduled flights to Toronto.” Toronto is set to…

LATAM Makes Significant Route Adjustments Across Multiple Countries

South American carrier LATAM has suspended ticket sales on 23 routes across its network, including several domestic routes within Chile and international routes from Brazil, Chile and Peru. At the same time, the Santiago-headquartered carrier has made the bold move to suspend international destinations from five Argentinean destinations to the…

Norwegian to Re-Open U.K. Operations

Norwegian announced that it is ready to re-open operations from the UK on July 1 after being suspended for three months. The Oslo-based carrier will operate a few flights from Gatwick and Edinburgh to select destinations in Scandinavia. In a statement, Norwegian’s CEO Jacob Schram said, “Feedback from our customers…

TAP Air Portugal Receives Government Bailout

TAP Air Portugal seems to have found a mechanism to receive a much-needed cash injection to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. For this, the European Commission has granted the Portuguese government a €1.2 billion ($1.36 billion) rescue package to be distributed to its flag carrier. Due to TAP's…

Air New Zealand Pushes Back International Schedule Resumption, Defers Aircraft…

Air New Zealand has announced it will be pushing back the restart of international operations. Though the carrier had previously stated its plans to resume international flights by June 30, this has now been pushed back until August as demand levels remain low. From August 30, the Auckland-based carrier will…

easyJet Suffers Cyber Attack Impacting 9 Million Customers

easyJet has admitted to suffering a security breach earlier this year where hackers gained access to personal information of nine million customers, including the credit card information of over 2,000 individuals. The budget carrier reportedly became aware of this in January and begun contacting passengers whose credit card information had…

IATA Expects Passenger Levels to Recover by 2024 at Latest

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts that the social and economic immobility caused by COVID-19, plunging passenger levels across the world, will take longer to recover than what was originally expected. During its weekly update meeting held today, IATA revealed that traffic will only recover to 2019 levels by…

Lufthansa Group Extends Negotiations Over Government Aid

Over the last few weeks, Lufthansa Group has been negotiating with German, Austrian and Belgian governments over rescue packages after the group made a $1.3 billion loss during the first quarter of the year amid the COVID-19 crisis. Reports by Bloomberg revealed that Lufthansa was negotiating a 10 billion euro…

U.S. Airlines to Make Wearing Face Masks Compulsory

American, Delta and Frontier join JetBlue in making wearing face masks compulsory for passengers traveling as of next week. This is part of a wider set of sanitary measures that different stakeholders are putting in place as the world prepares to slowly reintroduce economic activity as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.…

British Airways Announces Potential 30 Percent Workforce Cut

British Airways has announced that it might cut up to 12,000 jobs from its 45,000 employee workforce, as the global coronavirus pandemic is having unprecedented consequences for airlines as the skies are emptied out for a prolonged period of time. The airline had previously agreed to furlough 22,000 jobs, taking…