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.

JetBlue Expects to Avoid Widespread Furloughs Among Frontline Workers

JetBlue Expects to Avoid Widespread Furloughs Among Frontline Workers

Ankit Ajmera and Tracy Rucinski, Reuters

JetBlue seems to be doing all it can to avoid forcing furloughs upon staff, with corporate staff and managers the final missing pieces in the puzzle.

2 days ago

How U.S. Airlines Are Trying to Stop the Pandemic Spreading on Flights

How U.S. Airlines Are Trying to Stop the Pandemic Spreading on Flights

Tracy Rucinski, Reuters

People will debate whether these airline efforts amount to "health theater" or not for months to come.

2 days ago

Corp Travel Agencies Face More Airfare Uncertainty as Carriers Miss Distribution Deal Deadlines

Corp Travel Agencies Face More Airfare Uncertainty as Carriers Miss Distribution Deal Deadlines

Matthew Parsons, Skift

The juries are still out over whether airlines and the global distribution systems will kiss and make up soon. Corporate travel agencies will be hoping it won't be much longer though, otherwise some may face the prospect of having to explain higher airfares to their clients.

3 days ago

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What Covid-19 Can Teach the Airline Industry About Sustainability

What Covid-19 Can Teach the Airline Industry About Sustainability

Publicis Sapient + Skift

Airlines clearly have a lot on their plates at the moment, but putting a renewed focus on sustainability could serve as a rare bit of positivity for the industry.

2 months ago

United Turns Bullish, Adding 25,000 Flights for August

United Turns Bullish, Adding 25,000 Flights for August

Korey Matthews, Skift

United is adding nearly 25,000 flights for its August schedule. It's a big bet that the demand will be there to make it worth it.

3 days ago

Latin America’s Aeromexico Files for Bankruptcy

Latin America’s Aeromexico Files for Bankruptcy

Noe Torres, Reuters

While the airline says it's on track to increase international and domestic flights next month, it may struggle to fill those seats following a Chapter 11 announcement.

4 days ago

Air Canada Drops 30 Domestic Routes Over Coronavirus Toll on Travel Demand

Air Canada Drops 30 Domestic Routes Over Coronavirus Toll on Travel Demand

Sanjana Shivdas, Reuters

Air Canada's latest round of flight cuts is another indicator the chance of a V-shaped recovery has faded away from the global travel industry.

4 days ago

Top Public Health Professionals Slam American, Other Airlines for Filling Up Their Planes

Top Public Health Professionals Slam American, Other Airlines for Filling Up Their Planes

David Shepardson and Tracy Rucinski, Reuters

"We don't think it's the right message." That's coming from the head of the CDC to U.S. airlines looking to load up their airplanes. We'll go a step further: Bad message and bad business.

4 days ago

KLM CEO Still Sees Slow Recovery Even as More Flights Resume

KLM CEO Still Sees Slow Recovery Even as More Flights Resume

Brian Sumers, Skift

KLM has a powerful brand and should be able to withstand this crisis. But it is not a good time for legacy European airlines that usually rely on lucrative corporate travelers.

5 days ago

Aeromexico Gets $50 Million Lifeline From A Loyalty Company

Aeromexico Gets $50 Million Lifeline From A Loyalty Company

Reuters

Aeromexico likely needs a lot more than $50 million. What it could use is a government bailout. It provides a valuable national service as Mexico's only long-haul airline. But the government is not interested in helping the company.

5 days ago

Norwegian Air Cancels 97 Boeing Jet Orders and Demands Compensation

Norwegian Air Cancels 97 Boeing Jet Orders and Demands Compensation

Gwladys Fouche and Terje Solsvik, Reuters

No doubt Norwegian Air took a hit last year when times were good and Rolls-Royce and Boeing messed up on quality control. But with Covid-19, conditions in 2020 would be bad, no matter what. Norwegian can't blame Boeing or Rolls-Royce for what's happening now.

5 days ago

German Covid-19 ‘Heroes’ on First Foreign Flight to Greek Island

German Covid-19 ‘Heroes’ on First Foreign Flight to Greek Island

Renee Maltezou, Reuters

The first foreign flight to reach a Greek regional airport since the start of coronavirus pandemic arrived on Monday. It carried German workers who helped fight the coronavirus.

5 days ago