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    US bans Chinese carriers from mid-June


    The US Department of Transportation has banned Chinese airlines from flying to the United States from mid-June in retaliation for a Chinese order that US officials say effectively prohibits US airlines from resuming China flights.

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    ​IATA sees April as turning point in Covid-19 crisis


    April may have brought the beginnings of a recovery in global airline traffic after its obliteration at the hands of the coronavirus, IATA has suggested.

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    Latin carriers feel the pain as crisis deepens


    That Latin America’s two biggest operators LATAM Airlines and Avianca have both been forced to file for bankruptcy protections shows the extent to which carriers in the region have quickly found themselves under pressure during the pandemic.

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    ​Greece halts Qatar flights after positive Covid-19 tests


    Greece has suspended flights to and from Qatar until mid-June after 12 passengers arriving in Athens on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha tested positive for Covid-19.

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    North American carriers hunker down through crisis


    While hard hit North American carriers may have found some comfort from state support packages and the size of its home markets, they have taken action swift action to limit cash burn to protect their businesses while waiting for passenger demand to return

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    Asia-Pacific coronavirus crisis has clear winners and losers


    Asia-Pacific airlines continue to have a rough ride with coronavirus, but the crisis will place further airspace between stronger and weaker carriers.

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    Digital solutions among opportunities amid pandemic gloom: Frost & Sullivan


    Despite the negative impact of the coronavirus outbreak across various segments of the aviation industry, there are pockets of growth opportunities, such as digital solutions and research and development. Consultancy firm Frost Sullivan, in its latest analysis report of the global commercial aircraft market, also notes that ...

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    Delta retires MD-88s and MD-90s


    Delta Air Lines marked the end of an era on 2 June when it retired its final McDonnell Douglas MD-88 and MD-90 aircraft, closing 34 years during which the types served as workhorses in the fleets of US carriers.

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    Coronavirus pushes fragile African carriers closer to the edge


    While no region has escaped the impact of the coronavirus grounding, arguably its most immediate damage has been felt among Africa’s already struggling carriers.

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    De Juniac sees ICAO guidelines providing ‘safe process’ for air travel


    IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac believes the new guidelines developed by an ICAO task force strikes “the right compromise” between airline economic concerns and the safe restart of passenger traffic.

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    European carriers aim to cut their way through the crisis


    While the short-term focus among European carriers has been on finding ways to survive the crisis and resume services, airlines have been quick to signal sizeable cuts to their operations with few expecting traffic to return to previous peaks before 2023

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    Safran unveils seating innovations for post-Covid market


    French firm senses an opportunity for cabin products that help passengers feel protected from virus 

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    ICAO task force outlines guidelines for restarting air travel


    An ICAO task force has published its recommendations to aid the restart of international air transport following its virtual grounding from the coronavirus pandemic. ICAO’s Aviation Recovery Task Force drew up the guidelines after consulting with countries, regional organisations, the World Health Organisation and aviation industry groups. The ...

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    South African carriers urge system stress-test to speed recovery


    South African carriers are urging the government to stress-test the early restoration of domestic air services, to quicken the introduction of an expanded route network. Operators have been forced to suspend services after South Africa entered a national lockdown on 26 March. The government’s coronavirus response plan entered ...

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    Airlines reinstate flights to US vacation spots as cities re-open


    As traditional US summer holiday spots like Orlando and Las Vegas begin loosening restrictions after an almost-three-month coronavirus-forced hibernation, airlines are seeing passenger interest rise to these destinations, but also across their networks.

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    Emirates’ Clark expecting tough 2020 then slow near-term recovery


    Industry will have to “tough it out” for the remainder of this year as it reels from the coronavirus pandemic, but Clark is optimistic that business will begin to improve gradually during 2021.

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    Hong Kong airport gradually reopens to transit passengers


    Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has, from today, resumed allowing some transit passengers to use the airport. “From 1 June 2020 until further notice, only transit/transfer passengers who have been checked through at the origin port and take transit/transfer flights operated by the same airline group are accepted at ...

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    British Airways boosts two 777s’ cargo capacity


    Two of British Airways ’ Boeing 777-200s have had their seats and interiors removed to increase their cargo-carrying capacity. One of the jets is today being flown to Beijing in order to collect personal protective equipment, food, medicine, and other cargo. “With demand for passenger travel still very ...

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    ​Demand for air travel to remain low until 2023: S&P


    Airlines face a prolonged uphill climb before air travel demand recovers to pre-pandemic levels, as passenger numbers are likely to remain below last year’s levels until 2023, S P Global Ratings has suggested in a new report. The ratings agency forecasts a “swoosh-shaped” recovery in which, after plummeting up ...

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    Lufthansa board approves revision to financial aid conditions


    Lufthansa Group’s executive board has accepted European Commission commitments in order to secure a financial package negotiated with a federal German stabilisation fund. But the supervisory board must still back the commitments, after it previously withheld approval. The company claims the scope of the conditions “has been reduced” ...