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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…

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…

Azul Ramps Up Domestic Flights, Ponders International Network Redesign

Although it never came to a complete stop, the Brazilian domestic market reduced its capacity by 90% between April and May as a result of the economic and airline industry fallout stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, airlines in Brazil have been gradually increasing their operations in the hope…

Air Canada Suspends 30 Regional Routes, Closes Eight Stations

With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging around the world and travel demand consequently depressed, airlines are being faced with adapting their networks to make business sustainable in the medium term. Over the past few days Air Canada had to make the difficult decision to suspend indefinitely 30 domestic routes in…

U.S. Airlines Announce Significant Schedule Changes

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a drastic effect on air travel across the world, the airline industry continues to bounce back as the world begins to reopen. The most recent airline route announcements come courtesy of American Airlines and United Airlines. United Airlines announced that it would be adding…

Lufthansa Group Announces Fall Schedule Extension

As countries throughout the world start easing travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines have seen an increase in demand for bookings as the year continues. The Lufthansa Group announced that it has published its flight schedules for subsidiary airlines through Oct. 24, the end of the normal summer…

Interview: Regional Carriers at Fulcrum of U.S. Airline Industry Recovery

Two U.S. regional carriers are largely prevailing as victors in a battle for survival as airlines globally continue to weather an unprecedented downturn in travel demand. Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines and St. George, Utah-based Skywest Airlines have both posted profits for the last quarter while larger airlines report losses in the…

Virgin Atlantic Announces Resumption of Additional Routes, Grows Caribbean Network

As demand slowly returns from the dramatic decline caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines are beginning to announce the recommencement of services. European airlines were particularly hard hit as restrictions went up across the continent and around the world. Virgin Atlantic chose to suspend passenger operations in April to focus…

Canadian Regulators Move To Investigate Animals Found Dead On Flight…

A horrifying sight welcomed ground staff that met Ukraine International Airlines flight PS241 at Toronto International Airport on June 13. The flight was coming from Boryspil Airport in Kyiv, Ukraine, and was carrying over 500 live puppies in its cargo hold. On arrival in Canada, 38 of those puppies were…

Air Transat Presents Q2 Results and Return to Operation Plan

Air Transat released its 2nd quarter report on June 11 and announced its plans to return to the skies next month. Predictably, its 2nd quarter results were significantly impacted by the ongoing health crisis but in the airline’s announcement, it stated that summer sales figures are showing “clear improvement.” Canada’s…