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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…

737 MAX May Be Back in European Skies by December

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has reportedly given approval for the return of the Boeing 737 MAX to the region’s skies. The agency had reported on Sept. 11 that test flights of the aircraft had been completed in Vancouver, Canada due to Covid restrictions. Data from those test…

Finnair Changing Course To Survive COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines are figuring out different ways to stay afloat and continue reduced but steady operations, through grounding aircraft, changing schedules frequently, and limiting onboard services. However, one carrier  — Finnair — is looking to completely change the way it operates to allow it to thrive…

TAP Air Portugal Announces Multiple New Routes to Europe, Africa

TAP Air Portugal is launching a series of new routes next year to expand its network across Europe and Northern Africa. Next summer, the airline will launch scheduled service to Ibiza, Spain; Fuerteventura, Spain; Oujda, Morocco; Zagreb, Croatia; Djerba, Tunisia and Monastir, Tunisia. With the exception of Zagreb, where services…

airBaltic Resumes Flights, Plots Course to Cut Future Losses

While many major U.S. carriers have announced unique new routes in recent weeks, one European carrier is occupied with resuming flights from one of its major Baltic hubs. Latvia’s national carrier, airBaltic, is continuing its recovery plan by officially announcing flight resumptions between Riga, Latvia and nine major European cities…

Finnair Resumes Flying to Nanjing

Finnair is resuming another service to China on Sept. 11. The Oneworld Alliance carrier will resume flying to Nanjing, China, from its Helsinki hub, using an Airbus A350-900XWB. The carrier previously served Nanjing's Lukou International Airport with an Airbus A330-300 before it suspended all flights to China in light of…

SAS Set to Operate Entire Network This Fall

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is slated to boost the number of flights it will operate and reinstate more destinations in Europe, the U.S. and Asia throughout autumn as the airline continues to see a rise in demand for travel and transport to, from and within Scandinavia. Scandinavia’s "domestic" flights — those…

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…

How the EU Commission’s Stabilization Package Approval Will Shape Brussels…

The EU Commission has officially given Brussels Airlines permission to restructure and finance its future plans through its approved stabilization package, which was originally proposed on July 24. The stabilization package was approved by the EU Commission on Aug. 21 after the German Economic Stabilization Fund authorized the package on…

Delta Long-Haul Flights Return to Midwest Hub, Focus Cities

Banking on the potential availability of a vaccine, the gradual return of demand and the lifting of international travel restrictions, Delta Air Lines is adding frequencies and reopening routes in its winter 2020 and summer 2021 long-haul flying schedule. In line with IATA expectations for a multi-year recovery to pre-COVID-19…