Welcome 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
Baltic 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.
German 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.
The 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.
European 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.
Porter 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.