Singapore Airlines will cut capacity by 96 per cent until the end of April. The decision comes following the further tightening of border controls around the world to stem the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Norwegian government last week proposed a guarantee of NOK6 billion for the Norwegian airline industry, of which up to NOK3 billion is directed to Norwegian. The guarantee scheme will consist of three tranches with a maximum two years maturity.
Etihad Airways will temporarily suspend all flights to, from, and via Abu Dhabi following a decision by the national emergency crisis and disaster management authority.
In a rare sport of good news, Airbus has said it expects production and assembly work to partially resume in France and Spain today. For other non-production activities globally, Airbus continues to support home-working where possible.
Flights to and from London Luton and Kutaisi, Georgia, will be suspended until April 20th, while flights between London Luton and Tirana, Albania, will be suspended until April 3rd.
Entrepreneur Richard Branson is set to invest US$250 million into the Virgin Group as the company battles the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. “This is the most significant crisis the world has experienced in my lifetime,” said Branson.
Air Canada has revealed plans to cut 5,000 jobs in the coming weeks as the carrier battles the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic. The company has said the move is temporary – and that most of those affected will return once the airline ramps up its operating schedule.
Emirates will temporarily cease most passenger operations this week as the world battles an outbreak of coronavirus. The Dubai-based airline said it would ground the majority of passenger services from March 25th, with no date in place for the resumption of flights.
Several governments in Africa and the Middle East have already committed national aid for Covid-19 including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, Nigeria and Mauritius.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline has cancelled dozens of flights and asked some staff to bring forward paid leave as it tackles a collapse in global travel demand.
Manchester Airport will temporarily close two of its terminals from Wednesday following a sharp drop in traffic as the world battles an outbreak of Covid-19.
Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will reduce capacity by 96 per cent across passenger networks in April and May in light of the severe drop in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.