COVID-19-related travel restrictions between European countries, including Germany and the UK, are tightening up, as the novel coronavirus spread accelerates in the region and threatens a fragile recovery in air travel demand.
Tight cost controls at some airlines amid the pandemic-related demand downturn are keeping spare parts sales artificially low, a trend that must shift even if carriers do not ramp up their schedules quickly, a top executive at Heico contends.
Smartwings Group, which includes LCC Smartwings and flag-carrier Czech Airlines (CSA), filed a request to a Prague court to declare an extraordinary moratorium under the so-called Lex COVID legislation on Aug. 26.
The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed just about every aspect of travel already—but aircraft cabin designers believe there may be more long-term shifts to come.
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