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Airlines ask gov’t for lifeline as virus leads them to bankruptcy

Apr 01, 2020 - 11:46 AM

Facing an 'existential threat,' airlines ask the government to give them access to emergency credit lines

American Airlines to apply for $12 billion in gov't relief

Mar 31, 2020 - 8:45 PM

American Airlines also plans to institute 'enhanced voluntary leave and early retirement options' to deal with the coronavirus fallout

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 03, 2020 American Airlines planes are seen at Miami International Airport (MIA) in Miami, Florida. - American Airlines will seek $12 billion in government assistance to steer the carrier through the global aviation downturn sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, the Wall Street Journal has reported March 31, 2020. The airline industry is one of the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, with US airlines suspending most transatlantic flights and many domestic routes. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP)

Dubai to inject capital into grounded Emirates Airline

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:05 PM

The statement of Dubai's crown prince does not specify the size of the intervention, but says more details will be announced later

EMIRATES. An Emirates plane prepares to land at the Dubai International Airport on September 14, 2017. File photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Air Canada to temporarily lay off half its workforce

Mar 31, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Air Canada says 15,200 employees and about 1,300 managers will be temporarily laid off in the 2nd quarter of 2020

EMERGENCY LANDING. File photo of an Air Canada Boeing 700-200. Shutterstock

EU suspends slot rules for airlines

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:05 PM

The European Council suspends the requirement that airlines use 80% of their slots – takeoff and landing authorizations – or lose them the following year

DESERTED. A general view shows a terminal at Milan-Malpensa Airport in Ferno, in one of Italy's quarantine red zones on March 9, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

British airline EasyJet grounds entire fleet over coronavirus

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:45 PM

But EasyJet 'will continue to work with government bodies to operate additional rescue flights as requested'

A picture taken on March 30, 2020 at Schiphol airport shows the easyJet check-in counters. - British airline easyJet on March 30, 2020 said it had grounded its entire fleet because of the coronavirus pandemic but would still be available for rescue flights to repatriate stranded customers. (Photo by Evert ELZINGA / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT

U.S. could take equity shares in coronavirus-hit airlines – officials

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:55 AM

The massive financial rescue plan passed by the United States Congress designates $50 billion for the airline industry

AMERICAN AIRLINES. A Boeing 737 flown by American Airlines takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on March 11, 2019. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Mideast airlines must tap handouts to survive virus crisis

Mar 27, 2020 - 4:50 PM

The International Air Transport Association says 2020 revenues of Middle Eastern carriers are expected to drop by $19 billion or 39%

IN THE RED. An Etihad Airways plane takes off in London on May 13, 2017. Photo from Shutterstock

Virus restrictions ground most of Africa's airlines

Mar 27, 2020 - 9:15 AM

'If the African carriers do not receive support, they will find themselves insolvent come the end of June,' warns the African Airlines Association

Photo from Ethiopian Airlines' Philippines Facebook page

Airlines headed for 'apocalypse' without aid – IATA

Mar 24, 2020 - 11:55 PM

'Airlines are fighting for survival in every corner of the world,' says International Air Transport Association chief Alexandre de Juniac

An aircraft of German airline group Lufthansa is immobilised next to the runway that has been closed at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 23, 2020, as the group kept just a fraction of its flights going as the industry grapples with an unprecedented crisis over the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Arne Dedert / POOL / AFP)

Philippine Airlines suspends all flights

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:15 PM

Philippine Airlines says its goal is to resume operations on April 15, 'if warranted by Philippine and international authorities, global public health conditions, and the travel environment'

SUSPENDED. Philippine Airlines suspends its operations. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Emirates to suspend all passenger flights starting March 25

Mar 22, 2020 - 11:50 PM

The airline also says it will slash basic salaries of a majority of employees for 3 months, but will not cut jobs

BIG BIRD. A picture take on September 14, 2017 shows an Airbus A380 of Emirates landing at the tarmac at Dubai's International Airport. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Air Canada to lay off more than 5,000 flight attendants – union

Mar 21, 2020 - 10:15 AM

'When conditions permit and service resumes, these employees will be recalled,' says Air Canada

AIR CANADA. Planes parked at the Calgary International Airport in Alberta, Canada. Photo from Shutterstock

Virus-hit Air New Zealand offered bailout

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:20 AM

Under the deal, the government – which owns 52% of Air New Zealand – will extend up to NZ$900 million (US$515 million) of credit to the airline over the next two years

Virus endangers 'future of aviation' without state aid – Lufthansa

Mar 19, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Some 700 of Lufthansa's 763 aircraft are 'temporarily parked' following massive reductions in its flight operations over the coming weeks

LUFTHANSA. The German airline's planes parked at the Munich Airport on November 29, 2016. File photo by Christof Stache/AFP

Airlines need up to $200 billion in emergency aid – IATA

Mar 19, 2020 - 8:30 PM

The International Air Transport Association warns that 'airlines are fighting for survival' and 'millions of jobs are at stake'

This undated handout from Vietnam Airlines released on March 18, 2020 shows a crew member in a protective suit, as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, serving passengers onboard a flight between Europe and Vietnam. (Photo by Handout / VIETNAM AIRLINES / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / VIETNAM AIRLINES " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVE

Delta says 10,000 workers on voluntary leave

Mar 19, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Delta Air Lines is slashing its capacity by 70% over the worsening coronavirus crisis

VIRUS IMPACT. A Delta Air Lines plane. Photo from Shutterstock

'Worse than 9/11': Coronavirus threatens global airline industry

Mar 18, 2020 - 6:30 AM

'This is worse than 9/11 for the airline industry – they are ground to a halt,' says United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

An American Airlines plane is seen from a terminal of Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia on March 17, 2020. - US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic could be even more devastating for the airline industry than the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Airline CEOs have held talks with lawmakers as they mull how to address the plunge in world travel as countries close their borders to stop the global outbreak. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

PAL, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia cancel flights during 'enhanced community quarantine' in Luzon

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:41 PM

The country's major airlines cancel domestic and international flights ahead of the implementation of the Luzon-wide lockdown

FLIGHTS CANCELED. Passengers flock the ticketing office of Cebu Pacific to book and rebook flights at the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13. Photo by Inoue Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Virus-stricken airlines face bailout or bust

Mar 17, 2020 - 4:30 PM

A toxic mix of fear, crippling travel bans, and investor panic pummel the aviation sector

GRIM INDUSTRY. Commercial planes of Swiss International Air Lines are parked on the tarmac at the Geneva Airport on March 12, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Australian carrier Qantas slashes international routes 90%

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Facing a growing list of travel bans around the globe and a 'precipitous decline in demand,' Qantas says the cutbacks would continue until at least the end of May

QANTAS. The airline feels the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak. File photo from Qantas website

Global airlines slash flights as U.S. carriers seek $50-billion bailout

Mar 17, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Citing an 'unprecedented' drop in demand that is 'getting worse by the day,' the trade group Airlines for America unveils a wish list including grants, loans, and tax relief

VIRUS IMPACT. A Delta Air Lines plane. Photo from Shutterstock

Coronavirus flight shutdowns have hit cargo capacity – IATA

Mar 17, 2020 - 7:55 AM

The International Air Transport Association calls on governments to exclude air cargo from travel restrictions, saying that 'keeping cargo flowing will save lives'

Lufthansa to slash long-haul capacity by up to 90% over virus

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:30 PM

The latest Lufthansa cuts starting Tuesday, March 17, affect mainly routes to Africa, the Middle East, and South America

PARKED. Lufthansa planes in Frankfurt, Germany. File photo from Shutterstock

U.S. airlines slash flights over coronavirus crisis

Mar 16, 2020 - 8:35 PM

The situation worsens for airline companies in the United States

AMERICAN AIRLINES. A Boeing 737 flown by American Airlines takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on March 11, 2019. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Cebu Pacific to lay off 150 new cabin crew as virus lockdowns mount

Mar 16, 2020 - 6:50 PM

'If the business picks up, hopefully in the very near future, they will be prioritized in the hiring,' says Cebu Pacific

U.S. airlines ground more planes as travel crisis deepens

Mar 14, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Demand is 'declining at an accelerated pace daily, driving an unprecedented revenue impact,' says Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian

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EU aviation agency tells airlines to disinfect planes

Mar 14, 2020 - 2:15 AM

The European Aviation Safety Agency says airlines on all routes must 'step up the frequency of cleaning'

DISINFECTING. A crew member of an evacuation flight of French citizens from Wuhan gives passengers disinfectant during the flight to France on February 1, 2020, as they are repatriated from the coronavirus hot zone. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

IATA urges 'emergency measures' for airlines after U.S. travel ban

Mar 13, 2020 - 8:40 AM

The International Air Transport Association warns that airlines, already suffering from the impact of the coronavirus, would face even more financial woes

Three commercial aircrafts of Swiss International Air Lines are parked on the tarmac at the Geneva Airport, on March 12, 2020. - Lufthansa with subsidiaries like Eurowings, Swiss and Austrian Airlines has announced deep cuts in its timetable this week as the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Cebu Pacific extends free rebooking to April 2020 flights

Mar 12, 2020 - 6:26 PM

Passengers who booked flights from March 10 to April 30 may also place the full cost of the ticket in a travel fund

FREE REBOOKING. A Cebu Pacific ATR 72-500 plane during flight. Photo from Cebu Pacific's website

Lufthansa to cancel 23,000 flights in April 2020 over coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 - 7:30 AM

German airline Lufthansa expects even more canceled flights in the coming weeks due to the novel coronavirus

LUFTHANSA. Check-in desks of German airline Lufthansa are seen at the airport in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on November 7, 2019. File photo by Silas Stein/AFP

Cathay Pacific 2019 profits plunge, predicts virus losses

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:35 PM

Hong Kong's flagship carrier Cathay Pacific has a turbulent 2019, and also expects a 'substantial loss' in the 1st half of 2020 due to the coronavirus

BACK TO PROFIT. In this file photo a Cathay Pacific airlines passenger plane prepares to take off from the international airport in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

EU to stop 'ghost flights' in coronavirus fightback

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:45 AM

As passenger numbers drop, many airlines are forced to fly empty planes to ensure they do not lose their slots. The European Commission says this should not be the case.

A general view shows a deserted terminal at Milan-Malpensa airport in Ferno, northwest of Milan, in one of Italy's quarantine red zones on March 9, 2020. - Millions of people in northern Italy were in lockdown as officials struggled to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

U.S. airlines to trim capacity as coronavirus hits demand

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Delta Air Lines and American Airlines announce broader capacity cuts, while Southwest Airlines says it would lower its chief executive officer's salary

AMERICAN AIRLINES. A Boeing 737 flown by American Airlines takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on March 11, 2019. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Qantas grounds planes, CEO foregoes pay as coronavirus spreads

Mar 10, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Qantas chief executive officer Alan Joyce will forego his salary for the rest of the financial year

Cebu Pacific offers free rebooking for March 2020 flights due to virus

Mar 10, 2020 - 12:05 AM

Passengers who booked for domestic and international travel from March 10 to 31 may rebook their flights for free, subject to fare difference

FREE REBOOKING. A Cebu Pacific ATR 72-500 plane during flight. Photo from Cebu Pacific's website

Boeing pilot training on 737 MAX 'inadequate' – Ethiopia crash report

Mar 09, 2020 - 11:59 PM

The report offers a detailed rundown of the chain of events that led to the crash on March 10, 2019, that killed all 157 people on board the Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 MAX

ONE YEAR AFTER. In this file photo, an Oromo man hired to assist forensic investigators combing the ground for DNA evidence walks past a pile of twisted airplane debris to stow his rifle March 16, 2019 as he arrives at the crash site of an Ethiopian airways operated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at Hama Quntushele village in Oromia region, that killed all 157 passengers and crew on board. File photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Cebu Pacific execs take pay cut to save jobs as coronavirus hurts profits

Mar 09, 2020 - 3:55 PM

'It's the least that can be done given the challenging situation and it's the right thing to do,' says Cebu Pacific


PH airports to defer charging local airlines for a year due to coronavirus

Mar 09, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Fees for local airlines' takeoff, landing, and parking at airports in the Philippines will not be collected immediately, to cushion the impact of the novel coronavirus

DEFERRED. Scene at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lufthansa to halve flight capacity over coronavirus

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:35 AM

'Based on further demand development, capacity will be reduced by up to 50% in the coming weeks,' says German airline Lufthansa, also hit by the novel coronavirus

LUFTHANSA. The German airline's planes parked at the Munich Airport on November 29, 2016. File photo by Christof Stache/AFP

Airlines grim as trade group sees potential $113-billion hit from virus

Mar 05, 2020 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) The International Air Transport Association says the 'industry's prospects in much of the world have taken a dramatic turn for the worse'

TRAVEL LIMITS. Passengers, wearing protective face masks, walk at the arrival area of the Beijing Capital International Airport on January 31, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

UK airline Flybe dealt final blow by coronavirus

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:35 PM

(UPDATED) Flybe, the biggest operator of United Kingdom domestic flights, collapses amid the novel coronavirus outbreak

BRITISH AIRLINE. A Flybe plane taking off in the Netherlands. Photo from Shutterstock

Lufthansa to ground 150 planes over coronavirus

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:40 PM

German airline Lufthansa says 25 long-haul aircraft and 125 short- and medium-haul aircraft will no longer fly

Coronavirus could push airlines to merge, says Air France-KLM chief

Mar 04, 2020 - 1:40 AM

Air France-KLM head Benjamin Smith says the novel coronavirus may 'accelerate consolidation' of 'weak carriers around the world'

'CHALLENGING' MARKET. Air France-KLM faces challenges such as rising fuel costs. File photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Top airlines axe flights as coronavirus saps demand

Mar 03, 2020 - 9:10 AM

Ryanair predicts that the novel coronavirus outbreak would spark more European airline collapses in a sector already marked by fierce competition

HACKED. British airline reveals massive hack with hundreds of thousands of users affected. Photo by Pascal Pavani/AFP

Cebu Pacific kicks off 24th anniversary celebration with 3-day piso sale

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The budget airline also welcomes its newest ambassador, internet superstar Mimiyuuuh

Lufthansa further slashes flight plan over virus

Mar 02, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Lufthansa flights to and from mainland China are suspended until April 24, while its Iran flights are suspended until April 30

OPERATIONS HALTED. Deserted check-in desks of German airline Lufthansa are seen at the airport in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on November 7, 2019, as cabin crews kicked off a strike. Photo by Silas Stein/AFP

Cebu Pacific cancels flights to South Korea after PH travel ban

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:49 PM

Passengers affected by the canceled flights may avail of rebooking, refunding, and stored value options

Philippine Airlines lays off 300 workers

Feb 28, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The novel coronavirus adds further burden to PAL's already struggling finances

Lufthansa to freeze hiring, cut costs over coronavirus

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:10 PM

German airline Lufthansa will also offer employees unpaid leave and more part-time work

GROUNDED. Airplanes of German airline Lufthansa are parked in front of the Lufthansa terminal at the Franz-Josef-Strauss airport in Munich, southern Germany, on November 29, 2016. Christof Stache/AFP