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Coronavirus: Airlines Cancelling Flights

Due to the record low demand as COVID-19 spreads around the world, airlines are temporarily shutting down or cancelling flights.

Qantas and Jetstar will make further and much larger cuts to domestic and international flying schedules. Total Group International capacity will be cut by around 90% until at least the end of May 2020. Total Group Domestic capacity will be cut by around 60% until at least the end of May 2020. This represents the grounding of around 150 aircraft, including almost all of the Group’s wide-body fleet.

Virgin Atlantic will cut 80% of all flights per day by March 26th. Virgin Atlantic will be parking approximately 75% of its fleet by March 26th.

Norwegian will gradually cancel most of its flights and temporarily lay off a major share of its workforce.

Gulf Air has temporarily suspended flights to and from several destinations across its network effective from 03:00 Bahrain time on Wednesday 18 March until Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Gulf Air flights that will continue to operate to and from Bahrain International Airport are Abu Dhabi (AUH), Dubai (DXB), Muscat (MCT), London (LHR), Paris (CDG), Frankfurt (FRA), Istanbul (IST), Cairo (CAI), Mumbai (BOM), Delhi (DEL), Cochin (COK), Karachi (KHI) and Manila (MNL); all flights to other destinations have been suspended temporarily.

Hawaiian Airlines today announced it will temporarily suspend nonstop flights between Honolulu and its Australia and New Zealand gateways.

American Airlines will reduce international capacity by 75% year over year — from March 16 to May 6. In addition to the international changes, American Airlines anticipates its domestic capacity in April will be reduced by 20% compared to last year and May’s domestic capacity will be reduced by 30% on a year over year basis.

Finnair will reduce capacity by 90% starting April. 

Swiss International Air Lines, along with other Lufthansa Group airlines, will see a steep reduction in short-haul and long-haul services by 80% and 90%, respectively.

Ryanair said that capacity in future months will be reduced by up to 80%.

KLM and Air France will reduce its operation by up to 90%.

Air New Zealand will cut its long-haul operation by 85% as the demand for international travel continues to decline.

British Airways announced a reduction in the capacity of up to 75% in April and May. Iberia, LEVEL and Vueling will also reduction in capacity by 75%.

LATAM Airlines Group said on Monday it is cancelling 90% of its international flights.

Air Seychelles has today announced that the airline has suspended all flights across its regional network due the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The airline aims to resume services on its regional network on Saturday, 18 April 2020.

Singapore Airlines will be cutting 96% of the capacity that had been originally scheduled up to end-April.

As of Thursday, March 26th and up until April 30th, all international network flights, from all AEGEAN bases, will be temporarily suspended.

Following the announcement from the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) flydubai will suspend its operations with effect from Thursday 26 March 2020 at 23:59 until Thursday 09 April 2020 at 23:59.

Emirates retains cargo operations but temporarily suspends most passenger operations by 25 March. 


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