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China air traffic versus Asia and rest of the world

Coronavirus to hit harder than SARS

2020-02-10T09:13:00+00:00By

The coronavirus outbreak may be costing the aviation sector more than the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) did in 2003, even as the world is just coming to terms with the new strain.

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Hawaiian Airlines suspends flights to South Korea

2020-02-26T22:40:00+00:00By

Hawaiian Airlines says it is suspending flights to Seoul Incheon International airport in South Korea, becoming the second US carrier to stop flying to the country since the outbreak of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, several weeks ago.

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Lufthansa puts in hiring freeze and unpaid leave offer to counter coronavirus hit

2020-02-26T08:45:00+00:00By

Lufthansa Group is implementing a hiring freeze and offering staff unpaid leave as part of cost-cutting measures amid the impact on air travel demand from the coronavirus outbreak.

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​Korean Air flight attendant tests positive for coronavirus

2020-02-26T06:26:00+00:00By

A Korean Air flight attendant has emerged as the first instance of a cabin crew member testing positive for the coronavirus since it first broke out of the Wuhan city epicentre in January.

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Airlines cut back Iran services on coronavirus fears

2020-02-26T00:13:00+00:00By

Several carriers are suspending their operations to Iran in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the country.

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United withdraws 2020 guidance ahead of its investor day

2020-02-26T00:05:00+00:00By

United Airlines has withdrawn the full-year 2020 guidance it disclosed on 21 January as part of its fourth-quarter 2019 earnings report because of unexpected business losses from the coronavirus outbreak in the Asia Pacific region.

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Coronavirus outbreak puts new China-Europe routes at risk

2020-02-26T00:01:00+00:00By

New routes between mainland China and Europe are at risk as the coronavirus outbreak batters air traffic.

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Kuwait suspends flights to and from Singapore and Japan

2020-02-25T21:51:00+00:00By

The civil aviation authority of Kuwait has suspended all air travel to and from Singapore and Japan, the first country to do so after the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) several weeks ago, the Kuwaiti state news agency KUNA reports.

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Major European airline stocks drop on coronavirus concerns

2020-02-24T11:10:00+00:00By David Kaminski-Morrow

Share prices in the three main European alliance carriers have fallen sharply in early trading, apparently in response to increasing concerns over the international spread of the coronavirus.

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Lufthansa effectively grounds 13 widebodies amid China suspension

2020-02-21T01:59:00+00:00By

Lufthansa has made a network capacity cut equivalent to 13 widebodies, after suspending services to mainland China amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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​Air France-KLM studies fleet options if coronavirus impact lasts

2020-02-20T14:44:00+00:00By

Air France-KLM is considering how it could redeploy summer capacity to other markets where demand is stronger in the event of an extended coronavirus impact on its Chinese and broader Asian networks.

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Finnair explores pilot furloughs amid China pullback

2020-02-18T11:53:00+00:00By

Finnair has begun talks about temporary layoffs with its long-haul pilots following a reduction in its services to China because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus outbreak dents Chinese majors’ January traffic

2020-02-17T05:03:00+00:00By

China’s three largest airlines began the year with falling traffic, amid the growing spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country and around the world.