Credit: Nigel Howarth / AWSTLufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines has applied to temporarily reduce work hours for its 7,000 employees as the airline copes with a dramatic drop in demand because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Credit: DSNAEurocontrol and partners including Airbus, IATA and Thales have issued a report aimed at helping advance the use of artificial intelligence in aviation and especially air traffic management.
Credit: Groupe ADPEuropean 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.”
Credit: Manila International Airport AuthorityTo 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.
Credit: BoeingAirlines 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.
Credit: NesteFinnair 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.
Credit: American AirlinesAmerican 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.
Credit: Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesSpain is banning all flights from Italy until Mar. 25, following the Italian government’s expansion of a lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus to the entire country.
Credit: Rob FinlaysonTwo big Chinese airlines are increasing services to the U.S., recovering a little from the reduction to minimal levels applied shortly after the coronavirus outbreak became recognized in late January.
Credit: Delta Air LinesNorth 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.
Credit: London Luton AirportThe European Commission will “very rapidly” put in place temporary measures to allow airlines to keep their slots even if COVID-19-related declines in traffic mean they do not operate flights.
Credit: Rob FinlaysonSpirit 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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