European airports are facing “a shock of unprecedented proportions,” airports industry group ACI Europe said Mar. 10, as it called for airports, airlines, national governments and the European Union to work together to face what ACI termed a “full blown crisis.”
To assist airlines with easing their overheads amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has announced that it will defer land, take off and parking fees for local airlines for a year.
Airlines flying from “disease infected zones” to Thailand must now obtain health certificates from passengers confirming they are not infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus before they are allowed to board flights to the country.
Finnair has signed an agreement with Finnish oil company Neste to increase the airline’s use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and boost production capacity in Finland. Neste already produces SAF at a pilot plant in Porvoo, Finland and is expanding its commercial renewable-fuel refinery in Singapore.
American Airlines and Delta Air Lines announced their most sweeping capacity reductions to date, as the reaction to the global spread of COVID-19 has airlines scrambling to trim their schedules and slash costs.
North American airlines, reacting to a sharp and unexpected decline in bookings in response to COVID-19, have ramped up communications aimed at reassuring the traveling public that they are taking extra steps to prevent the virus from spreading.
Spirit Airlines, citing declining yields but not the falloff in bookings that most other U.S. carriers are facing, will trim its planned April capacity 5% and could extend the cuts deeper into the spring if necessary.
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