Virgin Atlantic and easyJet are asking staff who have not been working since the Covid-19 pandemic started to ground planes to consider helping at the new hospitals being built across the country.
Having previously pledged to work with carriers to overcome the financial difficulties created by the coronavirus pandemic, chancellor Rishi Sunak has now advised airlines to find other forms of funding.
Virgin Atlantic will reduce its schedule by approximately 80 per cent in terms of flights per day by March 26th. The move comes following a rapid acceleration of the impact of Covid-19 on global aviation and tourism.
Officials at the European Union are seeking to offer struggling airlines a lifeline by suspending rules forcing them to run almost empty planes in order to keep prized landing slots.
Regional airline Flybe has gone into administration. Falling demand for air travel in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak was partially to blame, the carrier said in a statement.
To provide greater flexibility for customers with upcoming travel plans, Virgin Atlantic has introduced a new policy to waive the flight date change fee for tickets issued in March.
Virgin Atlantic, Delta, Air France and KLM have launched a new expanded joint venture. The deal is designed to offer a greater choice of routes and loyalty options when travelling between Europe, the United Kingdom and North America.
Virgin Atlantic has suspended operations to Shanghai as a new coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across China. Flight VS250 to Shanghai will depart today, while and the final in-bound flight will be VS251 on Saturday.