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Updated July 26, 2021

Headlines and updates from the airline, airport and aviation industry, plus news from other industries connected to travel.

Impact on Air Service

Airlines will continue to monitor and reduce capacity as needed in response to the decrease in demand that they see. Airline schedules can be changed at a moment’s notice and everything is very fluid right now as the industry attempts to deal with the worst demand shock it has seen since the Great Recession.

Airline News

American, JetBlue detail new routes, enhanced connectivity in next phase of Northeast Alliance July 20, 2021

American Airlines Adds Anguilla & Dominica Flights July 24, 2021

Air Canada announces the restoration of 55 routes and 34 destinations in the U.S., with up to 220 daily flights between the U.S. and Canada July 20, 2021

Air Canada reports an operating loss of $1.133 billion July 23, 2021

Breeze sees ‘intriguing opportunities’ at home and abroad July 20, 2021

Breeze Airways trims back its schedule due to late arriving deliveries, no cities dropped July 24, 2021

Delta Air Lines is cutting 6 routes amid pandemic-era network rebuild July 23, 2021

Frontier unveils 21 new routes from Atlanta, Las Vegas and DFW July 21, 2021

Spirit adds 2 new routes from Atlantic City, including its first international flight from the airport July 19, 2021

United reports a 2Q net loss of $0.4 billion, expects to be profitable in the 3Q and 4Q July 20, 2021

United to pull out of Paine Field on October 5 July 21, 2021

Viva eyes new routes to Brazil, Chile and Costa Rica July 23, 2021

WestJet, Delta to submit revised JV application July 23, 2021

Viva Las Vegas: Avelo Airlines Launches Nonstop Service Between Santa Rosa and Las Vegas July 15, 2021

Delta to add Airbus, Boeing aircraft to fleet amid travel demand recovery July 13, 2021

Delta Air Lines Announces June Quarter 2021 Financial Results July 14, 2021

Porter Airlines is expanding service across North America by ordering 30 firm Embraer E195-E2s, will fly out of Toronto Pearson July 12, 2021

Spirit’s network chief explains the airline’s 11-destination mid-pandemic growth spurt July 14, 2021

Electric Aircraft Set to Take Flight by 2026 Under New Agreements with United Airlines Ventures, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Mesa Airlines, Heart Aerospace July 13, 2021

Fly Peru gains AOC, to establish Lima base July 14, 2021

LATAM halts Argentina routes after cap imposition July 14, 2021

New startup airline Avelo is already dropping 2 cities, trimming flights July 8, 2021

Report: Delta is preparing to add additional Airbus A350-900s and Boeing 737-900ERs July 7, 2021

Flair Airlines announces 6 U.S. destinations starting on October 31 July 8, 2021

Spirit Airlines To Add Domestic, Resume All International Routes From Orlando July 8, 2021

United Adds Nearly 150 Flights to Warm-Weather Cities This Winter July 9, 2021

Allegiant Announces 23 New Nonstop Routes With One-Way Fares As Low As $39* June 29, 2021

Alaska Airlines launches new codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways June 29, 2021

American’s growing in Miami with 8-route expansion, including 2 new destinations July 4, 2021

Northern Pacific Airways: New Anchorage-Based Long Haul Airline?! June 30, 2021

SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES ANNOUNCES NEW NONSTOP ROUTES June 29, 2021

United CEO says business travel remains down 60% June 29, 2021

United Airlines suspends planned service at Santa Maria Airport June 29, 2021

United Adds 270 Boeing and Airbus Aircraft to Fleet, Largest Order in Airline’s History and Biggest by a Single Carrier in a Decade June 29, 2021

United Airlines Plans Newark Ramp Up With Focus On The Long-Term July 1, 2021

Porter finalizes loan agreement with the Canadian government July 1, 2021

American Airlines cuts flights as travel surge weighs on operations June 21, 2021

American Airlines cancels hundreds of amid staff shortages June 22, 2021

Delta to hire 1,000+ pilots by next summer, opens more European routes June 23, 2021

Frontier Airlines adds five new Vegas routes June 22, 2021

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly to step down June 23, 2021

Southwest CEO sees pick up in business travel before end of the year, but not to pre-pandemic levels June 24, 2021

Spirit Airlines touches down in Milwaukee, announces new routes June 24, 2021

Lower costs key to Spirit’s Miami debut June 25, 2021

US ULCCs optimistic for air travel surge June 24, 2021

Swoop to fly from Victoria to Las Vegas and Puerto Vallarta. June 24, 2021

Alaska Airlines adds new flights to sun-filled spots June 10, 2021

Alaska Airlines, Qatar Airways advance codeshare plans     June 10, 2021

Alaska Airlines adds to winter schedule, citing passenger confidence June 11, 2021

American Gives Customers More Choices with More Flights from Austin June 10, 2021

American Airlines Orders Up To 350 Electric Air Taxis, Invests In Urban Air Mobility June 11, 2021

JetBlue Airways expects Q2 revenue to decline 30%-33% June 9, 2021

Southwest Airlines guides for sequential improvement, expects breakeven June June 8, 2021

Southwest adds 34 planes to Boeing MAX 7 order June 8, 2021

Southwest Airlines extends schedule through Jan. 5, 2022, while adding more domestic destinations than ever before and offering new nonstop service to international destinations from the Midwest June 10, 2021

Spirit to enter Miami with 30 routes in major competitive shake-up June 8, 2021

United Airlines in talks to buy at least 100 Boeing MAX jets – Bloomberg June 10, 2021

Gol to acquire regional carrier MAP Linhas Aéreos June 9, 2021

LATAM Airlines seeks extension of deadline for restructuring plan June 9, 2021

Alaska Airlines plans ramp up in Everett, Washington June 4, 2021

American Airlines Group expects Q2 capacity decline of 20%-25% June 3, 2021

Delta boosts guidance, says domestic leisure travel demand higher than 2019 June 3, 2021

Delta plans airBaltic codeshare on European routes June 3, 2021

After Staff Cuts, Delta CEO to Keep Lid on Costs as Travel Recovers June 4, 2021

GlobalX plans to take off this summer June 3, 2021

United signs agreement to buy Boom Supersonic aircraft June 4, 2021

Allegiant Announces Six New Nonstop Routes To Make Sunny Summer And Fall Vacation Dreams Come True May 25, 2021

American Airlines braces for fall travel slowdown in US May 26, 2021

Delta expands interline deal with Cape Air, adding 11 destinations May 28, 2021

Delta sees normal summer for domestic travel May 26, 2021

“Ohana By Hawaiian” Ceases Operations May 28, 2021

Spirit Airlines Supercharges its Inaugural Celebration in Louisville with Two Extra Florida Routes May 27, 2021

St. Louis Nearly Doubles its Nonstop Options with Spirit Airlines as Spirit Celebrates First Flight with Expansion Announcement May 27, 2021

United’s network planner reveals why he’s still bullish on summer in Europe, even as the booking window closes May 28, 2021

WestJet extends Mexico, Caribbean route suspensions into June May 25, 2021

Azul and LATAM end codeshare agreement May 25, 2021

Alaska Airlines Sees Leisure Bookings Return To Pre-Pandemic Levels May 21, 2021

Breeze Airways announces debut service from 16 cities including Tampa, Charleston, Norfolk and New Orleans; 95% of new Breeze routes are without existing nonstop service May 21, 2021

JetBlue to serve both Heathrow and Gatwick from New York May 19, 2021

Breeze Airways receives AOC May 18, 2021

Elite Airways connects US northeast with Florida May 18, 2021

Porter Airlines tentatively sets July 20 as a new start-up date May 19, 2021

Report: Porter Airlines Orders Embraer E195-E2s, Expanding To Toronto Pearson Airport May 20, 2021

Viva Aerobus expands Mexico-US service May 18, 2021

LVCVA aviation consultant explains post-COVID buildup of capacity May 12, 2021

Alaska to grow its fleet by 30 aircraft, will add Belize City May 12, 2021

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Allegiant is hiring 184 pilots in response to increasing travel demand May 11, 2021

Breeze Airways receives its AOC, ready to launch – routes? May 15, 2021

Delta expands Boston and New York service with new flights to popular destinations May 15, 2021

J.D. Power: Airline satisfaction reaches all-time high during pandemic; Delta ranks on top May 12, 2021

New service to the Hawaiian islands on Southwest Airlines from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix begins in June May 13, 2021

Southern Airways Express adds more flights from Branson May 14, 2021

LATAM, Delta gain approval from Colombia for JV May 13, 2021

American Airlines extends 9 prime leisure routes, increasing summer vacation options May 9, 2021

Southwest Airlines was the nation’s best carrier in pandemic-stricken 2020, study says May 4, 2021

Avelo Airlines Setting Up First East Coast Base In New Haven May 6, 2021

Taos Air returns with nonstop flights from Texas and California May 6, 2021

Delta to launch Croatia flights this summer May 7, 2021

How Azul Has Managed To Recover Despite Brazil’s COVID Crisis May 7, 2021

American Airlines adds 4 routes, new destination in latest regional expansion April 30, 2021

Avelo Airlines takes off with the first flight between Hollywood-Burbank and Santa Rosa April 28, 2021

The end of an era: Alaska, Delta, United scrap flexible travel waiver, leaving JetBlue as lone holdout May 3, 2021

Delta Air Lines and Sabre sign transformative agreement May 3, 2021

SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES ANNOUNCES 18 NEW NONSTOP ROUTES April 27, 2021

Spirit Airlines Gives Kansas City More Go to Four Sunny Spots in Florida April 29, 2021

Summer travel is right around the corner! – New Southwest Routes April 30, 2021

Southwest unveils 25 new routes, resumes 24 others just in time for summer April 30, 2021

Startup Ecuatoriana Reveals New Branding & Livery April 29, 2021

Alaska Airlines believes it will reach 100% of 2019 capacity by summer 2022 April 23, 2021

American Airlines Ramps Up Capacity for the Summer April 20, 2021

‘Many sleepless nights’: American exec discusses rebuilding route network after pandemic teardown April 19, 2021

American Airlines Uses Partnerships to Grow Its Network, Offer Customers More Choice, and Provide a Premier Travel Experience in the Northeast April 21, 2021

Enabled by Its Northeast Alliance with American, JetBlue Announces Plans for Expansion in New York and Boston to Bring Everyday Low Fares and Great Service to More Routes and Markets April 21, 2021

JetBlue cleared by UK regulator April 20, 2021

Delta Orders 25 Additional Airbus A321neos April 23, 2021

United Airlines Continues to Build Summer Network, Adding Over 480 Daily Flights to its U.S. June Schedule April 23,2021

Reuters: Breeze Airways boosts its Airbus A220 jet order April 26, 2021

Air Canada to restore domestic network in exchange for aid April 14, 2021

How Alaska Airlines and Amperity Are Partnering to Rethink Loyalty for a Post-Vaccine World April 14, 2021

Alaska Airlines expands service and presence at Santa Rosa/Sonoma County April 16, 2021

American Airlines Offers More Ways to Reconnect This Summer April 14, 2021

American targets strong recovery  April 14, 2021

American unveils 17 new routes, goes all-Boeing 777 between Miami and JFK in big summer expansion April 14, 2021

Eastern Airlines Adds Chicago To Sarajevo Route April 13, 2021

US regional carrier ExpressJet plans comeback April 16, 2021

Frontier Airlines adds 4 cities to route map in 8-route expansion April 13, 2021

Frontier Airlines Announces 8 New Routes, Adds 3 Summer Destinations April 15, 2021

Southwest Airlines service for Eugene, Ore., to begin Aug. 29, 2021, with fares as low as $39 One-Way April 15, 2021

United Airlines Adds New Flights to Croatia, Greece and Iceland as Countries Begin to Reopen to Vaccinated Travelers April 19, 2021

WestJet extends sun-flight suspensions until June 4 April 14, 2021

TAROM to restructure its fleet, will sell 14 aircraft April 14, 2021

Allegiant Announces Aircraft And Crew Base In Austin, Bringing New Jobs, Future Growth Opportunities April 6, 2021

Allegiant is encouraged by an uptick in demand in March, traffic is down by 26.2% from 2019 April 10, 2021

Details: Avelo Airlines, New US Budget Airline April 6, 2021

Full Details: US Startup Avelo Airlines Launching April 28 April 8, 2021

Startup airline Avelo eyed the East, but rivals’ cuts in the West were too good to pass up April 8, 2021

Connect Airlines plans Canada-US business routes April 9, 2021

Delta pares back San Jose, drops New York-JFK nonstop as it revamps focus cities April 5, 2021

Delta Air Lines Is Pandemic Proven To Be The Global Leader April 12, 2021

Frontier expands again, takes on American, United in Dallas and Chicago April 8, 2021

Frontier Airlines adds 5 more new routes, giving it a total of 13 in just 2 days April 7, 2021

Frontier Airlines adds 8 new routes, including 6 from Atlanta April 6, 2021

LATAM Cuts Chilean International Service Amid New Travel Restrictions April 6, 2021
LATAM Retiring Entire Airbus A350 Fleet April 6, 2021

Porter Airlines sets another new start-up date(June 21st)  April 12, 2021

Volaris Plans Second Quarter Capacity Bounce Back April 8, 2021

Delta CEO and President discuss encouraging demand environment at J.P. Morgan Industrials Conference March 29, 2021

Delta Ending Seat Blocking As Of May 1, 2021 March 31, 2021

Ultra-low-cost airline Flair will offer several routes from Montreal March 30, 2021

Spirit Airlines expands in Los Angeles, adds third destination in Mexico March 31, 2021

Frontier Airlines raises $570 million in IPO, starts trading today April 1, 2021

Alaska Airlines becomes ‘truly global’ with entry into oneworld March 31, 2021

 Swoop to expand operations in British Columbia March 31, 2021

Viva Aerobus plans new US routes March 30, 2021

CommutAir opens Denver hub for United Express March 30, 2021

Major: Air Canada & Air Transat Call Off Merger April 2, 2021

American Airlines “Ungrounding” All Planes By May March 27, 2021

Delta to resume flights to Iceland in May, first European destination open to vaccinated Americans March 26, 2021

JetBlue Secures London Heathrow Airport Slots March 27, 2021

Southwest unveils major summer expansion with a whopping 36 routes March 25, 2021

Southwest Airlines takes off for Myrtle Beach, S.C March 25, 2021

United Airlines Adds New Direct Flights to Coastal Vacation Destinations Starting Memorial Day Weekend March 25, 2021

Westjet to restore service to five Atlantic Canada airports March 23, 2021

WestJet adds 11 domestic routes in western Canada March 26, 2021

Alaska Airlines permanently cuts all routes between Oakland and Hawaii       March 15, 2021

Alaska Airlines adds new nonstop from Anchorage to Minneapolis-St. Paul March 19, 2021

CEO Tilden hands off a transformed Alaska Airlines as it emerges from the COVID crisis March 18, 2021

American Airlines is adding 22 spacious E170 regional jets this spring March 16, 2021

American plans transatlantic resumptions March 19, 2021

Delta unveils 39 new and expanded routes to 22 destinations in major route-map shakeup March 19, 2021

JetBlue says American alliance opens up more route possibilities March 16, 2021

JSX adds 2 new destinations, including its first foray into Florida March 16, 2021

Southwest Airlines launches five new routes to Savannah/Hilton Head International March 16, 2021

Sun Country Airlines plans growth after stellar Nasdaq debut March 17, 2021

Sterling Airways acquires its Part 121 AOC, formerly Via Air March 15, 2021

United Airlines adds Mexico, Caribbean flights in major summer boost March 15, 2021

Reuters: United Airlines CEO says will halt cash burn in March March 16, 2021

GOL pares capacity as Brazil battles latest COVID-19 wave March 19, 2021

Delta CEO says testing, vaccinations are ‘the answer’ as industry eyes pandemic recovery March 9, 2021

Delta Air Lines’ Huge Summer Alaska Expansion March 12, 2021

Allegiant sees a “moderate increase in travel demand” in February March 9, 2021

Spirit Airlines Adds Three New Popular Destinations from LaGuardia, Announces Operations Out of a Second Terminal March 9, 2021

Spirit Airlines adds 2 new cities in 12-route expansion March 12, 2021

Everything you need to know about the American Airlines-JetBlue alliance March 10, 2021

Southwest CEO: worst of the pandemic is behind airline industry March 11, 2021

Southwest expands in Miami, brings the MAX back into service March 11, 2021

Breeze Airways, which won federal approval, promises lower trip costs March 11, 2021

American Airlines doubles down on Austin with 10 new routes March 11, 2021

American, United Airlines cancel 27,000 furloughs after COVID-19 relief bill passes March 13, 2021

Alaska Airlines expands Pacific Northwest service with four new routes March 10, 2021

Hawaiian to fly 90-95% of normal schedule by May March 12, 2021

JetBlue already expanding in Miami, takes on American with new Northeast route March 12, 2021

Latin American airline routes will be slow to return, IATA warns March 12, 2021

South American airlines brace for flight cuts as second wave of virus rages in Brazil March 12, 2021

Air Canada to simplify regional operations March 2, 2021

Porter Airlines’ tentative return to flying shifts to May 19 March 1, 2021

Alaska to add 4 new routes from California to Montana this summer March 4, 2021

Sun Country Airlines Holdings, Inc. announces launch of initial public offering March 8, 2021

American Airlines unveils sweeping Chicago-focused route expansion February 26, 2021

American expands Chicago leisure offer March 1, 2021

Eastern Airlines plans network growth, fleet expansion February 23, 2021

US Startup Breeze Airways Launching Spring 2021 February 24, 2021

Spirit Airlines Lines Up for a Landing in Louisville February 23, 2021

Milwaukee Welcomes Spirit Airlines, Gains New Daily Nonstop Routes to Popular Destinations February 24, 2021

Southwest Airlines Service To Destin/Ft. Walton, Florida, And Bozeman, Montana, To Begin In May 2021 With One-Way Fares As Low As $39 February 25, 2021

United and Landline to offer bus service from DEN to Breckenridge and Fort Collins February 26, 2021

Brazil gives nod to Delta-LATAM joint venture February 26, 2021

Four airlines seek to enter Colombian market March 1, 2021

United Becomes 1st U.S. Airline To Offer COVID-19 Testing In Airport February 16, 2021

Jetblue pares basic economy fares, eliminates change fees February 18, 2021

More time to book? Airline scheduling strategy just got a pandemic-era overhaul February 18, 2021

Allegiant announces two new routes from Key West February 18, 2021

American Airlines and JetBlue Begin Growth from New York and Boston with 33 New Routes, Joint Schedules and Codeshare Flights February 18, 2021

AeroMexico loses $487 million in the fourth quarter February 18, 2021

Apollo-backed low-cost airline Sun Country files for U.S. IPO February 9, 2021

Delta cuts 9 routes, adds 7 others in sweeping route-map shakeup February 9, 2021

Delta Vacations Only Selling Hotels Abroad Offering Onsite Virus Testing February 9, 2021

‘A horrible idea’: Delta CEO blasts mandatory COVID testing for US flights as government pursues option February 9, 2021

American Airlines to retire entire Embraer 140 fleet in May February 9, 2021

American Airlines announces eight routes – including Miami to Tel Aviv February 9, 2021

American Airlines adds 2 new destinations and 7 flights in latest route map shakeup February 12, 2021

NAC delivers first of fifteen Embraer E190 to Breeze Airways on lease February 8, 2021

Allegiant Announces Major Service Expansion With 34 New Nonstop Routes, Plus Nine Special Limited Routes For Sturgis Rally 2021 February 9, 2021

JSX CEO announces new routes and discusses the future of semiprivate jet travel February 10, 2021

More international routes suspended by Air Canada February 10, 2021

United to work with Archer Aviation to accelerate production of advanced, short-haul electric aircraft February 10, 2021

United Airlines Delays Return To JFK… Again! February 11, 2021

United adds even more flights to Hawaii, bringing its summer 2021 route total to 21 February 11, 2021

Sun Country Airlines Holdings, Inc. files registration statement for proposed initial public offering February 11, 2021

Spirit Airlines reports 4Q and 2020 financial results February 11, 2021

Spirit Airlines to return to pre-pandemic flying levels by mid-year February 12, 2021

Air Canada suspends all Rouge operations February 11, 2021

Air Canada records a net loss of $4.647 billion in 2020 February 12, 2021

Transat announces approval of its arrangement with Air Canada by Canadian authorities February 12, 2021

Westjet CEO: Air Canada’s takeover of Transat will mean “fewer choices and higher fares” February 13, 2021

Interview: OWG readies for the restart February 12, 2021

Sun Country Expands MSP Shuttle Service To 5 More Cities In Greater Minnesota, Western Wisconsin February 2, 2021

Delta Gets Exemption to Keep Three Routes Halted February 2, 2021

Delta Extends Seat Blocking Policy Through April 2021 February 8, 2021

Allegiant to open Des Moines base February 2, 2021

Allegiant plans first quarter growth on US leisure market February 4, 2021

United suspends 3 LaGuardia routes, boosts other Florida flights February 2, 2021

Southwest Airlines bracing for rough going in 2021 February 3, 2021

Southwest just put the Boeing 737 MAX back on its schedule February 8, 2021

Alaska Airlines cuts 2 transcon routes in route-map shakeup February 4, 2021

SkyWest, Inc. announces fourth quarter and annual 2020 results February 5, 2021

Frontier to open Tampa base, signals Atlanta intention February 5, 2021

Air Canada to suspend Rouge operations indefinitely, lay off 80 employees February 4, 2021

JetBlue founder’s newest airline, Breeze Airways, set to launch this year February 4, 2021

United reported a fourth quarter net loss of $1.9 billion, $7.1 billion for the full-year 2020 January 21, 2021

Leaked: American Airlines Planning For New CEO January 19, 2021

Silver Airways to add Greenville/Spartanburg with flights to Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa January 19, 2021

FAA extends slot relief at congested US airports January 19, 2021

Air Canada to deploy Boeing 737 MAX on five routes from Toronto January 19, 2021

WestJet returns its Boeing 737 MAX to service January 21, 2021

Frontier Airlines adds domestic services to Florida January 20, 2021

Delta Is Not Worried About The Future Of Corporate Travel January 18, 2021

Buy Now! Southwest Airlines Service In Fresno & Santa Barbara To Begin In April 2021 With One-Way Fares As Low As $39 January 21, 2021

United launches all-in-one travel center with support for vaccine passports January 25, 2021

JetBlue files complaint over London slot access January 25, 2021

Alaska Airlines To Take First Boeing 737 MAX On January 14th January 9, 2021

Porter Airlines delays service restart, eyes March 29 as tentative date January 11, 2021

Allegiant adds 3 new cities in 13-route expansion January 11, 2021

Allegiant reports December 2020 traffic January 13, 2021

JetBlue and American Airlines Advance Strategic Alliance Following Regulatory Review January 12, 2021

American Airlines Is First US Airline to Introduce Health Passport for All International Travel to US January 14, 2021

Delta chief expects return to profitability by summer January 14, 2021

Latest Canadian COVID restrictions drive Air Canada to cut capacity again January 15, 2021

Another major airline is blocking middle seats — but there’s a catch January 15, 2021

Southwest Airlines expands Sabre GDS agreement December 31, 2020

Airline travelers will soon have to provide a negative COVID-19 test to enter CanadaDecember 30, 2020

Eastern to expand further in 2021, announces starting dates December 31, 2020

Canada will require incoming international air passengers to test negative before boarding January 2, 2021

Delta Air Lines Continues to Expect Positive Cash Flow By Spring January 3, 2021

Delta’s CEO: “next few months may be the most difficult yet” January 4, 2021

UNITED AIRLINES CUTS SEVERAL SURPRISING DOMESTIC ROUTES NEXT MONTH December 8, 2020

Bye-bye costly fees: United, Delta join American, Alaska in ditching change fees on international flights December 9, 2020

Hawaiian Airlines launching 4 new routes to 3 new cities December 8, 2020

Brazil’s GOL Becomes First Airline To Resume 737 MAX Flights December 9, 2020

United starts again to take Boeing 737 MAX deliveries December 9, 2020

Mesa to operate 40 Bombardier CRJ900s for American for another 5 years December 8, 2020

Allegiant reports a decline in bookings and an increase in cancellations December 10, 2020

Atlantic Canada suffers ‘devastating’ route cuts December 10, 2020

Eastern Airlines to launch flights from Philadelphia and Boston to Santo Domingo December 10, 2020

Alaska Airlines Launches Hawai‘i Pre-Clear Program December 11, 2020

Southwest Airlines adds 16 new routes, including from Houston and Long Beach December 13, 2020

Southwest Airlines eyes ‘unique opportunity to play offense’ on network December 14, 2020

Mesa Air signs critical new contract with American Airlines November 24, 2020

American Airlines exits 3 US cities, blames coronavirus and lack of additional federal aid November 24, 2020

Delta and WestJet scrap joint venture plans November 25, 2020

Routes Reconnected: ‘Fabulous time’ to experiment, says JetBlue CEO November 30, 2020

Alaska’s Brad Tilden to retire, Ben Minicucci will take over November 9, 2020

Is teetering Interjet set to become the next airline casualty of the pandemic? November 4, 2020

Struggling Mexican airline Interjet resumes its flights November 4, 2020

Spirit Airlines eyes profitability sooner than mainline U.S. rivals November 4, 2020

Air Canada’s Rouge returns with focus on North American routes November 4, 2020

Air Canada records a net loss of $685 million in the third quarter, cancels 10 Boeing 737-8s (MAX 8s) and 12 Airbus A220s November 9, 2020

Does Southwest Airlines have hubs? Yes, but don’t call them that. November 4, 2020

GOL building back domestic network to near pre-COVID-19 level November 5, 2020

Aerolíneas Argentinas Schedules 83 International Flights for November November 6, 2020

Southwest Airlines issues 42 furlough warnings after cost-cutting talks stall November 6, 2020

Porter Airlines pushes back again its restart date to February 11, 2021 November 9, 2020

Hawaiian Holdings loses $97.1 million in the third quarter, delays 787 Dreamliner deliveries October 27, 2020

Biffle bullish on Frontier Airlines’ prospects October 27, 2020

JetBlue reports a GAAP pre-tax loss of $578 million in the third quarter October 27, 2020

JetBlue CEO: Signs of ‘pent-up’ demand on leisure routes October 28, 2020

Silver Airways to launch service From Jacksonville to Tampa and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood October 28, 2020

Flexibility key to Sun Country’s resilience – Bricker October 29, 2020

Southwest Airlines unveils 10 new Chicago O’Hare, Colorado Springs routes October 28, 2020

JetBlue sticking with seat caps into next year, CEO says October 29, 2020
Spirit Airlines to operate 80% of pre-pandemic capacity in November & December October 29, 2020

Spirit Airlines loses $99.1 million in the third quarter October 28, 2020

United launches free Covid-19 tests for transatlantic travel October 29, 2020

Allegiant loses $29.1 million in the third quarter October 29, 2020

SkyWest makes a profit in the third quarter, will fly 20 more CRJ700s and 20 E175s for American October 30, 2020

How Viva Aerobus Will Operate Its Full Schedule In November October 30, 2020

SA Airline officially becomes Airlink October 27, 2020

Almost 200 European airports face insolvency, trade body warns October 28, 2020

Ural Airlines launches EIGHT routes from Moscow Zhukovsky October 29, 2020

British Airways announces its November schedule October 29, 2020

Leisure demand fuels flydubai network expansion October 29, 2020

Ryanair to suspend service from Irish regional airports October 29, 2020

Air France-KLM Group loses 1,665 million euros in the third quarter October 31, 2020

All Nippon Airways Launching New Low Cost Carrier With 787s October 27, 2020

ANA to establish a low-cost 300+ seat 787 brand based on the Air Japan unit, will retire 22 Boeing 777s October 27, 2020

QANTAS to launch a new route between Sydney and Launceston October 28, 2020

Virgin Australia reintroduces routes to Alice Springs and Emerald October 31, 2020

Chinese tycoon bets on Hong Kong travel rebound with new airline October 31, 2020

Qantas Suspends United States Flight Sales Until Late-2021 November 2, 2020

Japan Airlines to retire domestic B777 fleet November 2, 2020

AeroMexico reports third quarter results October 21, 2020

Southwest Airlines loses $1.2 billion in the third quarter October 22, 2020

American Airlines reports a third quarter net loss of $2.4 billion, will retire its 15 Airbus A330-200s October 22, 2020

Alaska Air Group reports a third quarter net loss of $431 million October 22, 2020

Travel bubbles coming? United Airlines tests potential solution on London-Newark flight October 21, 2020

Eastern Airlines wants to expand to Argentina and Bolivia October 22, 2020

Forget about that empty middle seat: Southwest Airlines to start filling planes in December October 22, 2020

Alaska Airlines blocks middle seats over Christmas as coronavirus losses shrink October 22, 2020

Delta CEO says airline will continue COVID-19 middle seat policy ‘well into next year’ October 22, 2020

Southwest Airlines expands again, adds three more cities to its route map October 22, 2020

Southwest reports load factors above 50%, strength in certain markets October 23, 2020

American Airlines Retiring Airbus A330 Fleet October 22, 2020

Details: Spirit Airlines’ Fantastic New Loyalty Program October 22, 2020

US signs off on Delta and WestJet partnership, if they give up LaGuardia slots October 23, 2020

Swoop takes off from Toronto Pearson Airport October 25, 2020

Volaris Lost $97 Million In 3Q October 24, 2020

Mexico’s Volaris expects to be at 90% of 2019 capacity level by 2020 4Q October 26, 2020

Breeze Airways could prove well positioned when air travel recovers October 25, 2020

Spirit CEO predicts quicker recovery than larger competitors October 12, 2020

Porter Airlines extends service restart to December 15 October 13, 2020

Delta reports $5.4 billion quarterly loss, a slight improvement as flyers slowly return October 13, 2020

Delta’s $5.4 Billion Loss Underscores Airline Industry’s Painful Way Forward  October 14, 2020

American reveals elite status changes and exciting loyalty updates October 14, 2020

Delta has suspended flights to 16 cities across the US because of coronavirus October 14, 2020

JetBlue adds a new Colorado ski town to its map amid flurry of new winter flights  October 14, 2020

WestJet cuts 5 cities in eastern Canada, blames coronavirus and fee increases October 14, 2020

United Airlines adds 7 new sun routes to Caribbean and Latin American destinations for winter October 16, 2020

Qatar Airways network expands to 100 destinations October 16, 2020

Israel-UAE to sign agreement for 28 weekly flights October 19, 2020

Flybe brand set for return in early 2021 October 19, 2020

Singapore Airlines publishes December flying schedule October 13, 2020

AirAsia X targeting 2021 return with medium-haul routes October 14, 2020

Virgin Australia’s CEO Paul Scurrah to step down October 15, 2020

Hong Kong, Singapore agree to set up travel bubble October 15, 2020

Trans-Tasman bubble: Air New Zealand restarts flights to Australia October 16, 2020

Will the world’s first ‘travel bubble’ actually work? October 17, 2020

Volaris adds Mexico City-Dallas route October 8, 2020

Allegiant reports September 2020 traffic October 8, 2020

Airbahn: New SoCal-Based US Airline Startup October 8, 2020

Southwest adds another new Colorado ski town, unveils Miami and Palm Springs routes October 8, 2020

SKY Airlines Receives Approval From the DOT to Initiate Operations between Peru and the U.S. October 10, 2020

Qatar Airways makes San Francisco its newest US destination October 7, 2020

EasyJet cuts capacity to 25%, plans two seasonal bases October 8, 2020

AirAsia X restructures in order to survive October 6, 2020

Air travel bubbles, more green lanes part of plans for Singapore to ‘revive’ Changi Air Hub amid COVID-19 October 6, 2020

Air New Zealand Planning More Australia Flights as Quarantine Period Set To Be Lifted October 7, 2020

Japan, South Korea begin business travel October 8, 2020

Australia Borders To Remain Closed Until Late 2021 October 10, 2020

Aeromar hopes ‘common sense approach’ will win out September 29, 2020

Breeze to launch next March with scheduled routes September 29, 2020

United, Hawaiian, Alaska and American to Offer COVID-19 Testing to Passengers September 30, 2020

JetBlue will cap bookings through the holidays — without promising empty middle seats September 30, 2020

JetBlue and Delta suspend operations at Stewart International Airport October 2, 2020

Hawaiian resumes US mainland and Japan services October 1, 2020

American to add two seasonal ski routes from Charlotte October 2, 2020

United Airlines plans to increase service on more than 40 Caribbean and Mexican Beach routes in November October 2, 2020

United Airlines adds new route from Washington Dulles hub, expands schedule in November October 3, 2020

Argentina to Resume Flight Operations from Mid-October October 3, 2020

Delta extends first-class seat blocking through the holidays October 3, 2020

United Airlines resumes nonstop service between San Francisco and Shanghai October 5, 2020

Swiss to operate at 30-40 per cent capacity this winter October 1, 2020

South African Airways suspends all operations due to rising debt October 1, 2020

Lufthansa announces six new long-haul destinations from Frankfurt for summer 2021 October 1, 2020

British Airways increases October schedule to more short and long haul destinations October 1, 2020

Qatar Airways announces winter schedule with plans to expand network to 124 destinations by the end of 2020 October 2, 2020

Aer Lingus launches summer 2021 flight schedule October 3, 2020

Air NZ’s road to ruin, and recovery: ‘Devastating impact’ of Covid-19 outlined to shareholders September 29, 2020

Air New Zealand extends frequent flyer benefits for another 12 months September 29, 2020

Australia establishing travel bubble for routes from New Zealand October 2, 2020

AirAsia Japan ceases operations October 5, 2020

Alaska Airlines advances its ‘sun and snow’ strategy with additional wintertime routes September 21, 2020

Southwest Airlines just gave customers a brutal view of future life September 12, 2020

Southwest Airlines is using the coronavirus to solidify its dominance in California September 15, 2020

Southwest Airlines trims cash burn, will keep middle seats open through November September 16, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving! Southwest Airlines will leave middle seats open through November    September 17, 2020

United Airlines CEO warns economic woes will get worse without vaccine, new round of stimulus September 14, 2020

Aeromar’s first flight from Laredo to take off in October               September 14, 2020

Surf Air Secures $200 Million in Funding Ahead of IPO September 14, 2020

Court Blocks Colombia’s $370 Million Loan To Avianca September 14, 2020

WestJet to increase network in October September 14, 2020

Delta works towards eleventh-hour deal to avoid pilot furloughs even as outlook remains ‘grim’ September 15, 2020

Delta Air Lines announces upsize of SkyMiles financing to $9 billion September 17, 2020

American Airlines launches new online tool showing Covid-19 restrictions for destinations September 16, 2020

Air Canada’s Infinite Canada Flight Pass offers unlimited travel for a fixed rate September 16, 2020

United Airlines moves closer to saving pilot jobs, American pleads for more gov’t aid September 16, 2020

Spirit Airlines to resume direct flights to Colombia for first time since COVID restrictions September 17, 2020

Lufthansa to make further cuts and will decide on A380s next week September 15, 2020

Eurowings takes over majority of Ryanair routes from Düsseldorf September 16, 2020

Ryanair makes further capacity cuts September 18, 2020

El Al begins gradual resumption of flights September 18, 2020

S.Africa commits $650 mln to ailing airline SAA, administrator says September 21, 2020

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific aims for ‘survival’ as it grounds two-fifths of passenger fleet amid Covid-19 collapse in air travel September 13, 2020

Virgin Australia offers unlimited booking changes until 2021 September 14, 2020

Thai Airways Restructuring Approved By Court September 15, 2020

Qantas considers moving its headquarters to cut costs September 16, 2020

Virgin CEO reveals airline’s new vision of ‘success September 16, 2020

AirAsia Japan suspends service for most of October September 17, 2020

WE MUST LIVE WITH COVID-19, SAYS AIR NEW ZEALAND CEO September 21, 2020

United Airlines adds non-stop flights to Africa, India, Hawaii September 10, 2020

JetBlue adds two dozen new routes in markets with strengthened demand potential September 10, 2020

JetBlue seeks to capture leisure demand September 11, 2020

American Airlines sees small silver lining from COVID-19 — aircraft fleet simplification September 9, 2020

Aeroméxico ups domestic leisure offer September 11, 2020

Travel restrictions and quarantine cause Easyjet to cut capacity September 9, 2020

Singapore Airlines publishes November flying schedule September 9, 2020

Singapore Airlines Group to cut 4,300 jobs September, 10, 2020

Virgin Australia scales back regional routes September 9, 2020

Coronavirus: Air New Zealand grounds entire 777 fleet September 10, 2020

Qantas announces petition to open state borders September 11, 2020

Qantas to plug regional gaps left by Virgin September 11, 2020

Covid-19: AirAsia to start charging customers for in-person check-ins September 1, 2020

Passenger loads to be capped on flights at ‘high risk’ for COVID-19 infections September 2, 2020

Brussels Airlines Has Processed 31% Of €122m In Refund Requests Sept. 5, 2020

European Union Clears €200m In Aid For Struggling Alitalia September 5, 2020

Virgin Atlantic: 1,150 more job cuts after completing rescue deal September 5, 2020

Dubai Pumps $2BN Into Emirates September 4, 2020

Insolvent Airline Avianca to Get Government Loan Lifeline August 31, 2020

Why Minnesota-Based Sun Country is ‘Outperforming’ Rest of Airline Industry August 31, 2020

The beginning of the end of airline change fees? United is ditching them for good – with a major catch August 30, 2020

Business Must Double To Break Even, Southwest Airlines CEO Says August 28, 2020

How American, Delta and United no-change-fee policies stack up against Southwest August 31, 2020

Alaska Airlines joins the group, drops change fees September 1, 2020

United Helps Customers Navigate Travel Restrictions with New Online, Interactive Map September 3, 2020

United strategically adds limited capacity to October Schedule September 4, 2020

Ecuador start-up seeks to replace TAME void September 3, 2020

Argentina set to restart domestic and international routes September 7, 2020

Allegiant seven up with new routes August 27, 2020

American will be the first airline to use a coating said to kill coronavirus for up to seven days August 26, 2020

‘The hardest message’: American Airlines to lay off 17,500 frontline workers due to coronavirus travel slump August 25, 2020

Delta plans to furlough nearly 2,000 more pilots as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the airline industry August 24, 2020

Delta outlines long-haul rebuild August 24, 2020

Delta adds more trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights August 24, 2020

ExpressJet accelerates wind-down August 25, 2020

Southwest Airlines to cut 35,000 flights this October August 26, 2020

United Airlines will furlough 2,850 pilots unless the US extends coronavirus assistance — the biggest pilot layoffs in the airline’s history August 28, 2020

Emirates anticipates return to full network by summer 2021 August 24, 2020

Free COVID-19 insurance with Virgin Atlantic flights August 25, 2020

Lufthansa Group airlines remove rebooking fees until end of 2020 August 25, 2020

Smartwings and Czech Airlines file for protection against creditors as flights continue August 28, 2020

AirAsia sees domestic routes as key to stabilization August 26, 2020

Covid-19 impact: Qantas to outsource ground handling services August 26, 2020

Air New Zealand posts first annual loss in 18 years August 27, 2020

Air Travel Within China Is Nearly at Pre-Pandemic Levels August 27, 2020

Air New Zealand to restart all domestic Auckland flights August 28, 2020

American Airlines makes good on threat to ax cities, cuts 15 in ‘first step’ August 20, 2020

Delta Extends & Scales Back Seat Blocking Policy August 20, 2020

Delta Air Lines plans to resume more fights on international routes August 22, 2020

Southwest Airlines cuts flight schedules through October, says travel recovery remains ‘inconsistent’ August 20, 2020

Southwest Airlines signals US passenger traffic market is weakening August 21, 2020

Start-up Breeze Airways drops bid for Compass Airlines’ operating certificate, still plans 2021 launch August 19, 2020

Recovery Tracker: Japan Airlines, easyJet, Austrian Airlines and more August 21, 2020

United modifying E175s to operate with 70 seats August 11, 2020

United Airlines adds 17 routes to Florida, bypassing hubs in pandemic route-map shakeup August 13, 2020

United Airlines adds Cheyenne and Tallahassee to map amid growing regional connections August 15, 2020

Alaska Airlines expands American codeshare August 11, 2020

American Airlines extends change-fee waivers through December 31 August 12, 2020

Azul and LATAM begin codeshare August 14, 2020

New destination joins Southwest’s network August 14, 2020

Finnair cuts frequencies in Europe amid growing travel restrictions August 12, 2020

Fijian Party Leader Suggests Restructuring Of Fiji Airways August 13, 2020

Air New Zealand extends pause on flight bookings to Melbourne August 13, 2020

Air Transat outlines winter schedule August 5, 2020

Porter Airlines Issues New Start Date of October 7 August 4, 2020

Delta extends change fee waiver to end of August August 2, 2020

JetBlue to block seats through October 15 August 5, 2020

United to increase Hawaii flights starting in September August 7, 2020

United begins removing seats from regional aircraft August 6, 2020

More international routes return to United’s network August 3, 2020

British Airways adds more destinations this month August 3, 2020

Virgin Atlantic files for bankruptcy due to COVID-19 August 4, 2020

Emirates network expands to 50% of pre-pandemic destinations August 3, 2020

Fort Lauderdale among the destinations leaving Emirates’ network August 6, 2020

JAL sees passenger traffic potentially returning to 50% of normal levels by March 2021 August 3, 2020

Philippine Airlines drops all domestic Manila service in face of COVID-19 spike August 4, 2020

Virgin Australia moves to an all-B737 fleet as part of relaunch plan August 5, 2020

New Zealand delays trans-Tasman travel bubble plans August 6, 2020

Air Canada loses $1.5 billion in the second quarter July 31, 2020

Allegiant reports a $93.1 million net loss in the second quarter July 30, 2020

Allegiant CEO: COVID-19 is ‘the ultimate test’ of ULCC’s business model July 31, 2020

American, Delta, United now pursuing similar capacity strategies July 27, 2020

American Airlines ends 6 LAX routes as Alaska Airlines partnership expands July 27, 2020

American Airlines extends change fee waiver to September July 30 ,2020

Frontier Airlines Won’t be Landing on Wall Street July 30, 2020

Hawaiian loses $106.9 million in the second quarter July 29, 2020

Hawaiian Airlines plans to shrink 15% to 25% July 29, 2020

JetBlue reports an adjusted pre-tax loss of $754 million July 28, 2020

Southwest CEO says airline is ‘in intensive care’ but isn’t planning to lay off or furlough workers for now July 26, 2020

Southwest Airlines Blocking Seats Through October 31 July 27, 2020

Spirit Airlines calls June rebound an ‘outlier,’ could furlough nearly a third of staff July 29, 2020

Spirit Airlines Prepping to Furlough Up to 30% of Its Workforce July 29, 2020

United ends contract with regional carrier ExpressJet July 31, 2020

United Airlines plans to resume service on more than 25 international routes in September July 31, 2020

Volaris to restore 70% of capacity in August July 27, 2020

These are the international long-haul routes American, Delta and United plan to fly in August July 31, 2020

Ryanair reports fiscal first quarter loss of €185 million as traffic falls by 99% July 27, 2020

KLM to cut up to 5,000 jobs July 31, 2020

IAG to expand capacity but says recovery will take three years July 31, 2020

COVID-19: ANA stung by major revenue loss in June quarter July 29, 2020

Asian airlines struggle with near-total grounding of international flying July 29, 2020

Chinese airlines offer ‘all you can fly’ deals to encourage domestic travel July 29, 2020

Singapore Airlines posts $1 billion loss amid 99 per cent drop in passenger numbers July 30, 2020

Master List Of All Major International Airline Coronavirus Change And Cancellation Policies July 31, 2020

Aeroflot updates its strategy to 2028, Aurora to be sold July 18, 2020

Delta to block middle seats through September 30, 2020 July 23, 2020

United Airlines worries travel recovery will stall until there’s a COVID vaccine July 22, 2020

United Airlines loses ‘just’ $1.6B thanks to steep second-quarter cost cuts July 22, 2020

Southwest reports a second quarter net loss of $915 million as bookings soften July 23, 2020

Alaska Air Group reports a second quarter GAAP loss of $214 million July 23, 2020

Alaska Airlines will join Oneworld by the end of 2020 July 24, 2020

American Airlines Group loses $2.1 billion in the second quarter July 24, 2020

Wexford Capital acquires Via Airlines, will be rebranded July 24, 2020

American Airlines warns 25,000 employees about potential job cuts as coronavirus continues to sap demand July 15, 2020

JetBlue and American Airlines Announce Strategic Partnership to Create More Competitive Options and Choice for Customers in the Northeast July 16, 2020

Delta Air Lines announces second quarter financial results and update on COVID-19 response actions July 14, 2020

Delta puts brakes on planned capacity growth July 16, 2020

Fast Track: Alaska Airlines Will Join Oneworld Alliance In 2020 July 14, 2020

Allegiant to slow rate of growth in Q3 as COVID-19 surges July 14, 2020

Spirit Airlines cuts August schedule, eyes possible furloughs as recovery stalls July 17, 2020

Virgin Atlantic secures £1.2 billion rescue package July 14, 2020

Virus-hit African Airlines Resume Service, but for How Long? July 17, 2020

Alaska Airlines adds 12 new destinations in 2020 from LAX July 16, 2020

Air France to cut over 7,000 jobs July 4, 2020

Air New Zealand limits capacity on inbound international services July 8, 2020

UAE’s newest airline to begin service on July 14 July 7, 2020

El Al to be nationalized, state to purchase $150m. worth of stocks July 8, 2020

LATAM’s Brazilian unit files for Chapter 11 protection July 9, 2020

Level France reportedly to wind down operations July 9, 2020

Lion Air Group to lay off 2,600 employees July 9, 2020

New Quebec-based airline targets warm-weather routes July 8, 2020

RavnAir Alaska and PenAir are sold to FLOAT Shuttle of Los Angeles July 9, 2020

United Airlines Cuts Flight Schedule for August July 8, 2020

United warns it may be forced to lay off 36,000 employees July 9, 2020

Neeleman’s new airline Breeze targets May launch, with the JetBlue founder planning coast-to-coast flights July 10, 2020

Delta expects to see an 80% decline in travelers over the 4th of July weekend, and it shows how abysmal things are right now in the airline industry July 3, 2020

American Airlines to book to full capacity despite some of the highest numbers of COVID-19 new cases reported June 30, 2020

Spanish Airline Iberia To Reduce The Size Of Its Fleet Due To COVID-19 Outbreak June 28, 2020

Latin America’s airline apocalypse signals a future with weak competition June 29, 2020

This Crisis Will Reshape Latin America’s Airlines Forever June 29, 2020

Jetstar Asia To Retire Five Airbus A320s Amid Recovery Plan June 30, 2020

Southwest will soar 47% as domestic focus and strong balance sheet outshine rivals, Goldman says June 29, 2020

Allegiant Air Leads April 2020 Cancellations At 84.7% June 29, 2020

Thai low-cost airline NokScoot shutting down June 27, 2020

Caribbean Airline LIAT To Be Liquidated June 30, 2020

Aeromexico Gets $50 Million Lifeline From A Loyalty Company June 29, 2020

Latin America’s Aeromexico Files for Bankruptcy July 1, 2020

Alaska Airlines secures nearly $1.2 billion in private funding July 2, 2020

American Airlines Resets International Network for Remainder of 2020 Through Summer 2021 July 2, 2020

JetBlue founder’s new airline Breeze delays launch to 2021 July 1, 2020

American Airlines Seeks $3.5 Billion in New Financing June 22, 2020

KLM secures financing of EUR 3.4 billion to weather the COVID-19 crisis June 26, 2020

Lufthansa Group shareholders pave the way for stabilization measures June 26, 2020

ONE Airlines ceases operations June 25, 2020

QANTAS Group announces major changes June 25, 2020

Ravn Air Group to be liquidated June 26, 2020

WestJet lays off 3,333 employees as airline continues to struggle in face of COVID-19 June 24, 2020

Bain Capital to acquire Virgin Australia June 26, 2020

China Eastern Airlines to launch new airline despite COVID-19 June 15, 2020

Delta ramps up flying for the summer season June 16, 2020

Dallas-based air carrier JSX starting direct flights from Love Field to Vegas, Pinehurst resort June 17, 2020

JetBlue Planning Layoffs and Outsourcing Positions at Smaller Airports June 17, 2020

JetBlue adds 30 new routes; big focus on Florida, Newark, Philadelphia June 19, 2020

JSX to start two new routes from Dallas Love Field June 19, 2020

Lufthansa Subsidiary Austrian Airlines Expects to Be 20 Percent Smaller by 2022 June 14, 2020

QANTAS to sell its minority share of Jetstar Pacific which will become Pacific Airlines June 16, 2020

Southwest Airlines Blocking Seats All Summer June 15, 2020

Delta exits low demand routes from 11 airports June 8, 2020

Air Asia to reduce workforce by 30 per cent, cut salaries by 75 per cent: report June 8, 2020

President of Namibia calls for the liquidation of Air Namibia June 8, 2020

Mokulele Airlines and Makani Kai announce merger June 8, 2020

COVID-19: Frontier Airlines attempts to stimulate high season demand June 6, 2020

Hong Kong Government to bail out Cathay Pacific June 9, 2020

Austrian Airlines receives financial aid from the Federal Government and Lufthansa June 9, 2020

Allegiant sees increased demand in May and June June 9, 2020

Alaska Airlines expects 3,000 jobs cut by 2021 amid pandemic June 11, 2020

Southwest Says Buyout and Paid Leave Packages Boost Survival Chances June 2, 2020

Southwest Airlines Offers ‘Most Generous Buyout Package in our History’ in Effort to Trim Workforce June 2, 2020

Southwest gets $652 million aid tranche from US government June 1, 2020

United to ramp up international routes June 2, 2020

Alaska reduces cash outflow, but is still burning $5.5 million a day June 2, 2020

Delta will block middle-seat selection, cap cabin seating through Sept. 30 June 4, 2020
U.S. Airlines Plan to Increase Flights to Places That Boast the Great Outdoors June 5, 2020

Airport News

Other Airline Industry Considerations

  1. Funding:
    1. The Italian government is giving Alitalia €600m in additional funding; Qantas has secured $1.05b in additional liquidity; Singapore Airlines secured up to $13b of funding; American Airlines would be eligible for up to $12b of government aid
    2. IATA expects the global airline industry to need $150-200 billion in various forms of government financial assistance to survive the current COVID-19 crisis, the association’s director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said Mar. 17
  2. In-Flight Services: Airlines are discontinuing inflight food/beverage service to minimize interactions; Southwest is discontinuing all service and others like AA/DL are significantly reducing based on the length of the trip
  3. Lounges: United is closing all of its Polaris lounges and select club lounges; American Express Centurion Lounges will be closing on 21Mar; Delta will be closing most of their Sky Clubs/Lounges as well; American is closing their Flagship Lounges and some Admirals Clubs
  4. ATC Charges:  Eurocontrol’s member states have agreed to let airlines defer the payment of up to €1.1 billion ($1.2 billion) in air traffic control fees in the coming months
  5. Production: Boeing to suspend temporarily production operations in Puget Sound and Moses Lake in response to COVID-19 for 14 days through 8Apr; Boeing will now be shut indefinitely.   Boeing will keep their WA plants closed indefinitely and also suspend all 787 operations in SC.  Airbus decided April 6 to suspend production and aircraft at some of its facilities, most importantly the A220 and A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama; activities in Bremen will be paused from April 6 until April 27, while Stade will be on hold from April 5-11; Airbus will reduce its production by 1/3; Boeing plans to cut 787 Dreamliner output, jobs April 23, 2020; Boeing-Embraer Deal Collapses April 25, 2020 – Boeing has abandoned a deal to buy 80% of Embraer’s commercial aircraft business for $4.2 billion, stating Saturday morning that the Brazilian company didn’t satisfy necessary conditions of the agreement
  6. Shutdowns: Trans States Airlines will shut down on 1Apr instead of end of year due to “demand fall-out;” they have 43 ERJ-145s; RAVN has filed for Chapter 11 and has suspended flying; Virgin Australia, Air Mauritious are in voluntary administration; JetSuite has suspended operations indefinitely
  7. Slot Restrictions: JFK/LGA/DCA Slot rules are being waived through 31May so airlines are not forced to fly to keep their slots and the EU slot restrictions are being waved until 1June; EU slot restrictions are now being waived until 24Oct
  8. Staffing: Airlines are implementing hiring freezes, postponing bonuses, CEOs are forgoing salaries, cancelling investor days and employee conferences and other measures to control costs as they see their revenue substantially impacted; WestJet has laid off 50% of its staff or 6,900/14,000 employees (some are short term, some permanent but all were voluntary)

Other Industries

  1. Amusement Parks: Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando, SeaWorld, LegoLand, and Six Flags will be closed through the end of the month; Universal will extend its closure through 19Apr
  2. Casinos: Las Vegas Casinos have started to close including MGM resorts (Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Luxor, New York-New York, Excalibur, & Park MGM) & Wynn until further notice
  3. Cruise Lines: Viking Cruise Lines (70 ships) will suspend all cruises through 30Apr and Princess Cruise Lines (18 ships) will suspend all cruises through 11May; Carnival Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Costa Cruises, MSC Cruises, Celebrity, Disney Cruises, Celestyal, Avalon Waterways, Windstar & AMA waterways also have suspended operations for 30 days; Norwegian, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania are suspended through 11Apr; Canada will not allow cruise ships over 500 passengers to dock until 1Jul; Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Azamara extended their suspensions through 11May; Avalon Waterways through the end of June, Crystal and AMA Waterways through mid-May; CDC extends ‘no sail’ order for cruise ships as industry ravaged by the coronavirus
  4. Ski Resorts: Closed indefinitely
  5. Sports:
    1. Professional sports in the US will be suspended:  NBA & NHL suspended their season indefinitely; MLB has suspended spring training and will delay the start date of the season; MLS suspended games for 30 days, NHL.
    2. The NCAA tournament is still scheduled to happen but with no crowds
    3. The 2020 Summer Olympics will be postponed until Summer 2021