Credit: Nigel Howarth/Aviation WeekWelcome to Routes’ look at how the North American aviation market is responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, helping you understand the schedule changes and manage the impact so we can navigate through this crisis together. Routes is part of the
Credit: Joe PriesBaltic carriers airBaltic and Nordica have each made progress with their COVID-19 crisis responses, with Latvia’s airBaltic approving a revised business plan and Estonia’s Nordic Aviation Group (Nordica) securing €30 million (€32 million) in state funding.
Credit: Rob FinlaysonGerman leisure carrier Condor has secured a €550 million ($595 million) rescue package by the German government and the state of Hesse, ensuring the airline can survive a prolonged halt to regular flight operations in the coronavirus crisis.
Credit: Joe PriesThe Dutch government plans to provide €2-4 billion ($2.2-4.4 billion) in COVID-19 crisis-related financial assistance to KLM, following on France’s pledged €7 billion in to help Air France and the Air France-KLM group.
Credit: Nigel Howarth / AWSTEuropean transport commissioner Adina Valean is planning to finalize a set of social-distancing and sanitation guidelines for aviation by mid-May, paving the way for flights to resume in a unified way.
Credit: Porter AirlinesPorter Airlines is pushing its planned operational restart back four weeks to June 29, citing the likelihood of continued coronavirus-related travel restrictions both within Canada and across the U.S. border.
Credit: Rob FinlaysonThe U.S. Treasury Department announced over the weekend that roughly half of the $25 billion in federal payroll support earmarked for passenger airlines under the CARES Act was distributed last week.
Credit: Rob FinlaysonHungary’s Wizz Air plans to resume flights out of London Luton (LTN) and Vienna (VIE) from May 1 with new protocols put in place to help ensure the health and safety of passengers and crew.