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JetBlue is consolidating all of its operations from Long Beach airport to Los Angeles in October. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

JetBlue Leaves Long Beach For LAX

JetBlue announced Thursday that it will end services to Long Beach Airport in California and transfer them to Los Angeles International (LAX), which will become a focus city for the airline. JetBlue’s last day serving Long Beach will be Oct. 6. “LAX is one of JetBlue’s most successful markets and offers the valuable opportunity to grow significantly both domestically and internationally while introducing our low fares on more routes,” Scott Laurence, the airline’s head of revenue and planning, said in…

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…

German Airline Condor Announces Staff Reductions

The COVID-19 pandemic will claim more jobs in the airline industry. German low-cost carrier Condor Airlines has announced that it will be reducing its staff load by 15-25%, an airline executive has announced in an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. The move will affect between 650 and 1,000…

Icelandair’s Fate Uncertain as Its Home Country Opens Up

The government of Iceland has announced that it expects to start easing restrictions on international arrivals no later than June 15 with the condition that arriving passengers go into a two-week quarantine upon entry, undergo a coronavirus test or have a clean bill of health from their country of origin…

Frontier Adds 18 New Summer Routes Despite Diminished Industry-Wide Demand

Frontier Airlines announced Thursday that it will launch 18 new routes during its Summer 2020 schedule. The new services will launch in June and July and will feature big cities like Boston, Chicago, Newark and Philadelphia as well as a number of smaller cities like Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Sarasota-Bradenton…

LATAM Airlines Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

In a communication addressed to the Chilean Financial Market Commission (CMF), LATAM Airlines Group has announced that it will voluntarily file to reorganize under Chapter 11 protection of the United States Code. The requested restructuring involves subsidiaries in Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, the United States of America, the Cayman Islands…

Airline Maintenance Workers Honored Despite Difficult Season for Airlines

As the aviation industry grapples with the economic impact of the novel coronavirus, many airlines took the time to publicly recognize their aviation maintenance technicians (AMT) for their dedication and hard work in providing safe and excellence in air transportation. May 24 is Aviation Maintenance Technician Day, meant to honor…

Ryanair Shuts Down Lauda’s Vienna Base Following Union Disagreement

The parent company of Laudamotion, Ryanair Holdings, has decided to close the company's base in Vienna, resulting in job losses for more than 300 Lauda employees. The airline, which takes its name from the late Formula 1 legend and ex-airline owner Niki Lauda began operations in 2018 under the Laudamotion…

Ryanair Slashes Jobs as Low-Cost Demand Dwindles

Ryanair has announced that over 250 office jobs have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These jobs have been cut at its offices in Dublin, Madrid, Wroclaw in Poland and Stansted near London, which are due to re-open on June 1. Ryanair staff levels will reduce in four of…

Delta Plans to Axe Boeing 777 Fleet

Delta Air Lines has announced it will retire the Boeing 777 from its fleet by the end of this year. A decision that will see the removal of eight 777-200(ER) and ten 777-200(LR) from its mainline fleet of 864 aircraft. The decision was announced by Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta,…