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Kenya Airways Needs $500 Million State Aid Package to Remain Airborne

Kenya Airways PLC is seeking $500 million from the Kenyan government to navigate the COVID-19 crisis after its first-half revenue plunged by 50%, per Group's CEO Allan Kilavuka as reported by Bloomberg. The airline is on the verge of nationalization, a process that is believed will put it on a level playing field with its closest, and regional, rival Ethiopian. “If we don’t restructure the airline, and take the airline as is into this organization, then we are doing a…

U.S. to Lift COVID-19 Designated Airport Restriction

For nearly six months, travelers from certain COVID-19 restricted countries have only been able to enter the United States by passing through one of 15 designated airports and undergoing enhanced health screening. The restriction currently applies to those arriving from, or with recent presence in, China (excluding the Special Administrative…

United Airlines, Pilot Union Avoid 3,000 Furloughs

United Airlines and the union that represents its 13,000 pilots have agreed to terms to avoid furloughs of close to 3,000 employees. United announced last week it planned to furlough 2,850 pilots in addition to almost 14,000 other staff. Neither party has yet offered details of the agreement, including how…

United Places Bets on Latin America, Hawaii in October Schedule

United Airlines announced in a press release Friday it will increase its schedule to 40% of 2019 numbers in October. For comparison, the airline will fly 34% of its 2019 schedule in September. United will fly 46% of its 2019 domestic schedule in October – compared to 38% in September…

Global Aviation Industry Could See Over 500,000 Job Losses in…

Over 350,000 aviation jobs have been cut over the past six months. Over 25,000 jobs are expected to cut through the end of the year, and an additional 95,000 jobs are in jeopardy, Crain’s Business reports, potentially putting aviation-related job losses around 470,000 or higher by the end of 2020.…

Analysis: U.S. Airlines Drop Change Fees

United Airlines announced over the weekend that it will permanently drop change fees on domestic flights in a move most likely intended to win over passengers while demand stays low amid the coronavirus pandemic. A day later, on Monday, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines followed suit and published press…

Ukraine International Airlines Cuts Flights As Government Extends Entry Ban

Following a Ukrainian government decision restricting foreign visitors entering Ukraine until Sept. 28, Ukraine International Airlines will cancel flights to nine destinations and reduce frequencies on six routes. The Ukrainian state’s policy enforces a temporary ban on the entry of foreigners to the country with some exceptions. Between Aug. 29 and…

American Airlines Cuts 19,000 Jobs

American Airlines announced Tuesday morning that it will cut 19,000 jobs on Oct. 1 when federal subsidies from the CARES Act run out. Per the money it received, the airline was not allowed to involuntarily cut any staff through Sept. 30. Cuts in October will include about 17,500 flight attendants,…

Ryanair Reports Second Quarter Losses

Ryanair Holdings PLC reported a loss of €185 million for the second quarter of 2020, the first quarter of its fiscal year, on Monday. This is a stark contrast from the same period last year, when the carrier made €243million, the airline announced in a press release. The loss is…