United Airlines is reporting about 4% of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19, illustrating the operational struggles U.S. airlines are battling as the omicron coronavirus variant washes over the country.
Airbus is keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 situation in China’s Tianjin, home to the airframer’s only final assembly line in Asia, after authorities ordered a partial lockdown of the city in response to the detection of 40 cases linked to the omicron variant.
The global airline industry’s long drawn-out recovery from the COVID-19 crisis is now being hindered by the omicron coronavirus variant but how much of an impact it will have during the first quarter remains unclear.
Air France-KLM Group has paid back €500 million ($566 million) of the €4 billion loan guarantees provided by the French government during the COVID-19 crisis and said discussions on further capital strengthening measures are taking place at the group level.
The air cargo industry is justifiably proud of what it has achieved since those first COVID-19 vaccines took to the skies last December, but operators know the challenge is far from over and the vaccine effort will continue in 2022 against the backdrop of many broader challenges for the industry.