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Emirates Resuming Flights to Six Cities; Implements Additional Wave of Layoffs

For Emirates employees, it was a week of one step forward and two steps back. On a positive note, Emirates has announced that it will resume flights to six cities in the coming weeks. Sadly, the announcement comes as the carrier initiated more layoffs. Emirates will begin flying to Geneva on July 15, 2020; Los Angeles on July 22, 2020; Dar es Salaam on August 1, 2020; both Prague and Sao Paulo on August 2, 2020; and Boston on August…

Volaris Becomes Mexican Airline with Most Operations, Receives Airbus A320neo

According to aero-naves, Volaris has since May become the carrier with the highest daily number of operations in Mexico. Currently, the airline is operating with a market share of 33%, compared to 24% for Aeroméxico, 21% for Viva Aerobus and 18% for Interjet. Volaris is operating at 40% of its…

United Airlines Warns of Mass Furloughs in October

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to decimate travel demand, the airline industry continues to feel this major impact. United Airlines announced that they are getting ready to send potential furlough notices to about 36,000 employees. This would make up about 45% of their staff members in the United States. The…

Azul Makes World’s First E-Jet Cargo Conversion

As the industry forecasts a repressed demand for the months and years to come due to the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines have started to make creative use of their assets to maximize their cargo revenues, which are suffering less than passenger revenues. In Brazil, Azul, the third-largest…

Hawaiian Increases Domestic and Inter-Island Schedule

Demand for travel to the Hawaiian islands plummeted at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The island’s government-mandated a fourteen-day quarantine for arrivals to the island chain, as well as a quarantine requirement for inter-island travel. However, the government of Hawaii has decided to begin to gradually relax these restrictions…

El Al Israel Airlines Agrees to Taking Government Assistance

Just days after announcing they would be indefinitely suspending all operations, El Al Israel Airlines agreed to become nationalized. This development is part of a plan regarding a bailout for the airline that has had significant financial struggles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Israel-based carrier and its controlling shareholder…

Tocumen International Airport and Copa Airlines Adjust Facilities to Restart…

On June 17, the Civil and Aeronautical Authority extended for the third time, the suspension of international flights until July 23. International flights have been suspended since March 22, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 12, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) published an open letter to the authorities…

Air France Set to Slash 7,850 Jobs Amid Pandemic

During a central social and economic committee on July 3, Air France announced a dramatic workforce restructuring plan. The company will cut 7,850 jobs including 6,560 at Air France and 1,020 at the short-haul subsidiary HOP!, equating to more than 16% of the company’s workforce. With workforce reductions, the airline…

U.K. CAA Reviews Airline Passenger Refund Processes

The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has commenced a review of airline customer refund processes in light of the COVID-19 crisis. With the unprecedented levels of flight cancellations due to the pandemic, U.K. airlines have been failing to comply with European regulatory deadlines on refunding passengers. The U.K. officially left…

VivaAerobus Receives First Airbus A321neo

VivaAerobus took delivery of its first Airbus A321neo in a low-key delivery ceremony on July 1. According to Aerolatinnews, the Airbus A321neo will remain at the Viva Aerobus base in Monterrey to carry out final operational tests and certification. It is estimated that the aircraft’s inaugural commercial flight will be…