The Air Transport Month Roundup: Regional Outlooks
North American Carriers Buckle Up For A Long Recovery
North American passenger carriers were able to avoid the high-profile airline failures seen in other regions of the world, but their road to recovery remains long and there is no clear indication when daily losses will cease.
Domestic Markets Will Be Mainstay For Australasian Carriers
Australasian airlines have grounded almost all of their widebodies in response to the bleak outlook for long-haul travel, although some carriers also see opportunities for new aircraft types in the post-pandemic industry environment.
Middle East Carriers Hampered By Slow Return Of Long-Haul Services
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With many local airlines heavily reliant on long-haul services, and the major Middle Eastern carriers of Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline and Qatar Airways depending on their global hubs, the road back is likely to be rocky because of the anticipated extended recovery of long-haul international service.
European Carriers Hunker Down For Rough Winter Season
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The summer’s cautious hopes of recovery are well and truly in the past for Europe’s airlines: With COVID-19 restrictions tightening in many countries, carriers are facing an even tougher winter than they feared at the height of the coronavirus crisis earlier this year.
For Most African Carriers, Next Year Will Be Precarious
All regions face a steep uphill climb from the COVID-19 crisis, but the starting point for African carriers is much further down the mountain. Most were loss-making before the pandemic and are ill-equipped for the tough journey that will continue through 2021.
China, Hong Kong And Taiwan Outlook: First In, First Out
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The Chinese aviation market has rebounded quickly following the year’s first-quarter lockdown. Even as cities remained shut to non-essential travel, Chinese airlines, both state-owned and private, continued some connections as part of social responsibility, ferrying medical supplies and personnel.