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Coronavirus and Airlines

In-depth reporting and breaking news on how COVID-19 is impacting airlines in the U.S., Asia, Europe, and other destinations. Read updates on airline refund policies, fleet management, cancelled routes, and more. For broader coverage of coronavirus and its impact on the travel industry, please visit our liveblog.

Here’s What Will Happen Next to Corporate Airfares

Here’s What Will Happen Next to Corporate Airfares

Matthew Parsons, Skift

In most cases it’s too soon to lock in future rates. But for those with creative minds, there are gains to be made in figuring out what might happen next.

1 day ago

Korean Air Asks 70 Percent of Employees to Take Partially Paid Leave

Korean Air Asks 70 Percent of Employees to Take Partially Paid Leave

Joyce Lee, Reuters

South Korea's largest carrier is in trouble — and it is pleading for government assistance.

1 day ago

This European Airline CEO Says There Will Be No Quick Fixes

This European Airline CEO Says There Will Be No Quick Fixes

Brian Sumers, Skift

As an airline that is 80 percent owned by the Latvian government, perhaps Air Baltic wasn't the most nimble carrier. But that government support will be vital over the next 18 months.

2 days ago

Air France-KLM Seeks $6.5 Billion Lifeline From Government

Air France-KLM Seeks $6.5 Billion Lifeline From Government

Maya Nikolaeva, Reuters

The proposed bank loans effectively double the airline's coffers, giving it some much-needed breathing space.

2 days ago

Grounded Airline Workers Take Up Virus Prevention Service in Singapore

Grounded Airline Workers Take Up Virus Prevention Service in Singapore

Aradhana Aravindan, Reuters

Because why not? In this difficult time, such initiatives would provide a win-win situation for both furloughed aviation workers and the public service sector seeking to close gaps in fighting the coronavirus.

2 days ago

Lufthansa Considers Closing Down Germanwings

Lufthansa Considers Closing Down Germanwings

Alexander Ratz, Edward Taylor and Ilona Wissenbach, Reuters

Will coranavirus take Germanwings as a victim? If so it likely won't be the only low-cost carrier to fail.

2 days ago

New Skift Webinar on Airlines on April 9: Rethinking Routes, Fleets and Loyalty

New Skift Webinar on Airlines on April 9: Rethinking Routes, Fleets and Loyalty

Brian Quinn, Skift

Join Skift Airline Weekly and Skift aviation business editors this week for a dive into the top shifts happening across the airline industry. March was a month of historic tumult for airlines, and the prospects are not looking any better in April.

2 days ago

Etihad to Test New Airport Scanners for Pinpointing Sick Passengers

Etihad to Test New Airport Scanners for Pinpointing Sick Passengers

Sean O'Neill, Skift

New tech can screen passengers for elevated heart rates, respiratory rates, and temperatures. The kiosks sound minimal enough. But their accuracy and speed still need to be proven under busy airport conditions.

2 days ago

Wizz Air Turns to Repatriation Flights

Wizz Air Turns to Repatriation Flights

Marton Dunai, Reuters

A new market has opened up for travel companies — serving governments, not tourists. Wizz Air is making the most of it.

4 days ago

Fears and Gratitude Aboard Nearly Vacant Airline Flights

Fears and Gratitude Aboard Nearly Vacant Airline Flights

Tracy Rucinski, Reuters

The surreal idea that some U.S. flights will have only one passenger underscores the new reality of carriers, as flight crews bear up against their own fears.

4 days ago

United Airlines Cuts 90 Percent of Flights Out of New York City Area

United Airlines Cuts 90 Percent of Flights Out of New York City Area

Associated Press

For anyone who has ever stood in line or wandered Terminal C at Newark it's difficult to imagine fewer than 20 flights a day coming in or out.

4 days ago

American Airlines’ Big Decision and 11 Other Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

American Airlines’ Big Decision and 11 Other Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In our coronavirus coverage this week, American Airlines slashes international routes for the summer, indicating it doesn't think demand will come back any time in the short-run. Plus, Airbnb CEO apologizes to hosts in the form of a $260 million relief package. And Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel is the first high-profile travel CEO to disclose he has contracted coronavirus.

5 days ago