Virgin Australia slashes domestic flights to 6 per week

Virgin Australia announced today that it is suspending all domestic services, except for a sole SYD-MEL return flight Sunday to Friday. The change starts from Friday 10 April. In a statement Virgin said it was still operating repatriation flights from Hong Kong and LAX, and that “demand for charter services in the resources sector remains…

Etihad Airways to add flights to Melbourne and Amsterdam

Etihad Airways will add additional flights from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne and Amsterdam. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier has been operating special flights which have allowed passengers stranded in the UAE due to Covid-19 restrictions, the opportunity to return home. The airline continues to repatriate UAE citizens on return sectors, where possible, and carry fresh produce…

About 100 flight attendants have tested positive for the coronavirus

The union representing flight attendants for American Airlines says about 100 flight attendants have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, representing more than 27,000 flight attendants, disclosed the figure in a message to its membership. The union said masks are being distributed this week. American would not comment directly on…

ALERT Wuhan Airport has reopened after 76 days of lockdown

Wuhan Airport started resuming flights after 76 days of lockdown. The airport in Wuhan, the central Chinese city hard-hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, started resuming domestic passenger flights early Wednesday after almost 11 weeks of lockdown. Flights are resuming from the city’s international airport, which handled 24 million passengers a year before the outbreak, and…

easyJet secures £600 million in government funding

easyJet has issued £600 million of commercial paper through the Covid Corporate Financing Facility. The decision comes as the low-cost carrier seeks to maximise its liquidity in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The airline has currently suspended virtually all flights, and there is a growing concern over the financial impact of an extended grounding.…