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Hamad International Airport becomes first airport in ME and Asia to be awarded 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating

Hamad International Airport has become the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating by Skytrax. The audit evaluated how effectively COVID-19 policies are implemented at Qatar’s airport against the Skytrax …

  • Heathrow Airport is closing one runway after major fall in air traffic due to COVID 19 outbreak

    Published on : Friday, April 3, 2020

    U.K.’s busiest airport, Heathrow Airport will close one of its runways from next week as air traffic continues to fall globally amid the coronavirus or COVID19 pandemic.   The London hub will operate its landings and takeoffs from one strip …

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  • Cathay Pacific makes further cuts to flight schedule

    Published on : Friday, April 3, 2020

    Hong Kong’s flag carrier Cathay Pacific has decided to cut down operations further. More cuts would now be made to its long-haul schedule for the month of April. Nearly 97% of planned passenger capacity has been canceled with the latest move. …

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  • Annual dividend scrapped by International Airlines Group

    Published on : Thursday, April 2, 2020

    International Airlines Group announced the scrapping of a planned dividend for shareholders in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Previously a final dividend of 0.17 euros per share was proposed and Stephen Gunning, chief financial officer for the company mentioned …

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  • Volaris cuts capacity after Mexico’s health emergency declaration

    Published on : Thursday, April 2, 2020

    The ultra-low-cost Mexican airline Volaris serving Mexico, the United States, and Central America has decided to reduce capacity after Mexico declared a health emergency in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.     The decision arrives after the official declaration of …

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  • SriLankan Airlines to suspend all operations for two weeks

    Published on : Thursday, April 2, 2020

    Sri Lanka’s flag carrier SriLankan Airlines has decided to suspend all operations for nearly two weeks. The airline mentioned that the decision has arrived in the bleak times caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This is the biggest challenge faced by the …

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  • Emirates will be supported by the Dubai government

    Published on : Thursday, April 2, 2020

    In order to protect Emirates from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the government of Dubai has offered its backing to Emirates and will inject equity into the company.   Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, crown prince …

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  • Qatar Airways suspend operations to NYC and Spanish cities

    Published on : Thursday, April 2, 2020

    Qatar Airways has decided to suspend operations to New York and the Spanish cities Madrid and Barcelona. All flights to New York JFK would be paused starting today. Meanwhile, operations to Madrid Barajas and Barcelona El Prat would be restricted …

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  • Qatar Airways helps Germans get home safely despite flight cancellations

    Published on : Thursday, April 2, 2020

    Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker met with Hans-Udo Muzel, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the State of Qatar. The airline expressed its gratitude to the airline for flying thousands of Germans from all …

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  • Philippine Airlines to operate Manila-London single roundtrip for stranded tourists

    Published on : Wednesday, April 1, 2020

    Philippine Airlines will fly a single round-trip flight between Manila and London Heathrow on April 4 “in response to an urgent public need amid Covid-19 quarantine situation,” the airline said in a notice posted on its website.   While the …

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  • Ireland’s Cork Airport to reduce its operations

    Published on : Wednesday, April 1, 2020

    Ireland’s Cork Airport recently decided to reduce its operations. The decision comes in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Cork Airport will be operating flights to rescue Irish citizens stranded abroad and bring them back home from other countries.     …

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  • Tourists break out at Kyiv airport to avoid quarantine

    Published on : Wednesday, April 1, 2020

    In order to escape the coronavirus quarantine hundreds of Ukrainian citizens returning home from Vietnam broke out of Kyiv airport. The Ukraine’s government had organised a rescue flight for tourists to get them back home and were captured on video …

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  • Air China fears short term operating loss due to COVID-19

    Published on : Wednesday, April 1, 2020

    China’s flag carrier Air China recently issued a warning in regard to the fear of short term operating loss. The warning comes in light of the coronavirus pandemic as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the globe. …

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  • Thai Airways to ground most aircrafts

    Published on : Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    Thailand’s flag carrier, Thai Airways International recently decided to ground 69 out of 82 aircraft in its fleet. The decision arrived in light of the coronavirus pandemic as the airline looks for ways to boost finances amid the crisis.   …

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  • U.K. invests £75m for rescue flights to bring British citizens home

    Published on : Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    The U.K. government recently announced a £75m package to introduce a new airlift operation. The rescue flights would be launched to bring home thousands of British nationals stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic. Numerous Britons left behind in other …

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  • DGCA requests OTAs to take proper call for waiving off cancellation and reschedule charges

    Published on : Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    The air ticket cancellation or rescheduling due to COVID-19, need Regulatory intervention to avoid loss or penalty. As coronavirus surged in India, the aviation, travel & tourism and hospitality sectors in the country are bearing the brunt. The Air Passengers …

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  • Qatar Airways prepares new guidelines to offer more flexibility

    Published on : Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    Qatar Airways has adjusted the guidelines for the Travel with Confidence program to offer customers even more flexibility.   Passengers who choose travel vouchers for future use will receive the full value of their ticket plus 10 percent of the …

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  • APOC Aviation closes on three airframe deals in first quarter of 2020

    Published on : Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    Part-out activity has commenced this month in Marana, Arizona for two A319-132 airframes recently acquired by APOC Aviation.   MSN 1758 and 1790 were formerly operated by Air Macau and the parts are expected to arrive into APOC’s stock during April …

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  • North Terminal of Gatwick will be closed from April 1

    Published on : Monday, March 30, 2020

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic the Gatwick Airport will close the North Terminal on April 1 as demand plummets. There is a possibility that the entire airport might be closed in the future.   UK’s second busiest airport which served …

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  • EasyJet grounds entire fleet due to COVID-19 scare

    Published on : Monday, March 30, 2020

    EasyJet has grounded its entire fleet of planes and said it cannot give a date for when they will restart. The budget airline said it had made the move due to the unprecedented travel restrictions imposed by governments globally due …

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  • Indian aviation industry is witnessing $3.6 billion loss

    Published on : Monday, March 30, 2020

    As many countries in the world are closing their borders, the COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak has acutely impacted the travel industry, especially airlines witnessing the most notable casualties. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), airlines could lose a …

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