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Airlines Cautiously Moving Forward Amid Vaccine Rollout

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the world economy full force in March 2020, the aviation industry faced its worst travel crisis ever. Air travel hit its steepest dropoff in history. Many airlines filed for bankruptcy or went out of business, and even the airlines most flush with cash have been bleeding hundreds of millions of dollars per day. Luckily for the travel industry, the virus that causes the COVID-19 diseases is from a relatively-well-known virus family. Work on a vaccine…

Viva Air Adds Three International Routes, Establishes New Hub in…

Viva Air, the Colombian low-cost airline, announced the launch of new routes as part of its international expansion process. The carrier will be operating direct flights from Medellín, Colombia to Mexico City, Cancún, Mexico and Orlando, Florida. The Colombian low-cost carrier expects to transport around 180,000 passengers during the first…

Kenya Airways Prepares Pharma Cargo Facility For Fight Against COVID-19

Kenya Airways (KQ), through its cargo arm KQ Cargo, has unveiled its ultra-modern pharma facility at its main hub in Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The Kenya Cargo team is preparing for this critical logistical role in transporting the coronavirus vaccine once approved with the facility having the capabilities…

Cathay Pacific Introduced Covid-19 Insurance

Cathay Pacific Airways needs to lure the essential travel and boost passengers’ confidence after being hit by the coronavirus. The airline has introduced a free Covid-19 insurance to its passengers for the trips are commenced between Dec. 7 and Feb. 28 inclusive. Per a Cathay Pacific press release, the coverage…

United Airlines Begins Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Charter Flights

On Friday, United Airlines began operating charter flights to begin the distribution of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which is poised to be approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by mid-December. United's Distribution Plan The Wall Street Journal, citing a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),…

Qantas Enhances Services Between Sydney And Melbourne

Following the border reopenings, Qantas and its no-frills airline, Jetstar, have announced that they will operate 17 return daily flights between Sydney and Melbourne, together carrying 4500 passengers a day. Victoria was the epicentre of the coronavirus in Australia, and the state has been suffered a nearly four-months lockdown that…

The AirlineGeeks Podcast Episode 23: Airlines Under Pressure

Thank you for reading the AirlineGeeks Podcast Recap. This article gives a brief look at last week’s episode of our news podcast. For our full analysis of each of these stories, you can listen to The AirlineGeeks Podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts or through our distributor, Anchor. We…

Lufthansa Presents Cost-Cutting Plan to Ground Staff

German flag-carrier Lufthansa has reached a preliminary 200 million euro ($237 million) savings deal with Verdi, the union that represents ground staff at the airline, Reuters reports. The deal applies to roughly 24,000 staff at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Cargo. The deal will waive Christmas and vacation bonuses, continue…

European Hubs See 80% Drop in Traffic

Europe’s three biggest hub airports – London's Heathrow Airport, Frankfurt's am Main Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport – reported an 80% drop in passenger counts for September, highlighted by a 95% drop in transatlantic passengers, FlightGlobal reports. Heathrow reported earlier this week that its passenger counts fell 81.5%…

Air New Zealand Planning More Australia Flights as Quarantine Period…

After a seven-month hiatus, the Australian government announced that New Zealand citizens are granted to travel New South Wales and Northern Territory without a 14-day quarantine. The new policy begins on Oct. 16 as New Zealand’s coronavirus curve has been flattened. However, Australians are not being allowed to travel to…