Aviation Covid-19 Situation Report (1st-3rd April 2020)

April 3, 2020

To keep our affiliates updated, we will be posting bi-weekly Covid-19 situation reports on our blog. These reports will focus on the effect the virus is having on the aviation industry, and specifically on aviation workers. These reports are a compilation of information that is publicly available and  provided to us by our affiliates.


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The ITF cannot guarantee that the information provided is accurate at the time of reading. This update is not complete as we can only post what information we have been given by our affiliates or on news outlets.


Keep up to date on all transport COVID-19 stories at https://www.itfglobal.org/en/news-events/covid-19-updates.




According to local media reports, it is looking unlikely that the Australian government is willing to bail out Virgin Australia. 




TUI Belgium has cancelled all trips until May 10.


Social security is paying 70% of Ryanair workers’ salaries in Belgium, but Ryanair is being forced to pay as little at €9 per day, which it does not want to do. Workers are being paid 70% of net pay, including flying pay, basic pay and commission.


Commercial operations are expected to resume at Brussels Charleroi on Sunday 3 May.


As Brussels Airlines is entering “virtual bankruptcy” a high-level group of experts is looking at the possibility of the Belgian government taking ownership of an airline to save it.




China’s domestic capacity continues to slowly rise as the country continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


European Union


IAG has cancelled its planned dividend payment to shareholders.

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) have called on the European Union to put together an aviation rescue plan to help the industry.




Eurowings secures basic operations at Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Koln/Bonn and Stuttgart.


Germany is considering nationalising Condor Airlines after a planned deal for the purchase with LOT Polish Airlines has reportedly fell through.


Lufthansa and the German government about a potential state aid package for the airline.


Hong Kong


Cathay Pacific has further cut flights after carrying just 582 people in a day.




Ryanair has agreed to pay workers in its Malta Air subsidiary but not those in agencies. Malta Air will pay 40% of salaries, and the government will pay 60% for 9 weeks.




Low-Cost Carrier SpiceJet will be forced to pay a bill of over $20m for its leased aircraft. Most of which are in storage.




Leasing company Avolon has cancelled or deferred over 100 aircraft orders over the next 4 years.




ITF affiliate, Histradut has expressed its concern at a lack of support package for the Israeli aviation industry. In an update it stated that “the industry requires a unique recovery plan that will bail out the entire sector as thousands of employees at El Al and other airlines are currently on furloughed leave”.


Latin America


LATAM has slashed its April capacity by 95%.




Air Baltic has decided to resume operations as an all-Airbus A220 operator. It will retire its fleet of Boeing 737s and Dash 8s early.




Amsterdam Schiphol airport is to close more of its operations as it closes its C, G, and H/M piers as well as some of the B-pier gates.




Despite saying it will continue to operate all its services, Qatar Airways has suspended operations to New York JFK, Madrid and Barcelona. 


Sri Lanka


Sri Lankan Airlines has suspended all operations for the next two years and explains the current challenge is the worst in its 40-year operational history.




Ryanair has agreed to pay salary for its workers for April and May. From that point on workers will receive payment from the government.




Swedish regional operator Braathens Regional Airlines will suspend all services between 6 April and 31 May.




Thai Airways has asked employees to take two means leave from April 4 – May 31 and take a reduction in salary varying from 10%-50% during this period as the airline is grounding its entire fleet.




Turkish Airlines has extended the suspension of operations to May 1st.


United Arab Emirates


Emirates is set to resume some passenger flights from April 6th.


United Kingdom


London Heathrow Airport is to switch to single runway operations from 6 April, effectively halving its capacity. 


British airways has suspended all flights from London Gatwick. This follows suspension of all operations in London City. 


Following on from BA’s closure of its Gatwick and City operations, it has put 36,000 workers on furlough. 


United States of America


Southwest Airlines has cut a further 20% of its capacity down to 40%. 


American Airlines has cut its summer schedule for 2020 “to reflect the realities of the decline in demand after the global coronavirus pandemic”. 


Miami Mayor, Francis Suarez has called on Donald Trump to enforce a ban on all flights from Coronavirus hotspots in the USA. 


Boeing has offered its workers voluntary redundancies and early retirements in an effort to mitigate the financial effects of the coronavirus epidemic. 


Boeing has temporarily suspended its operations in the Philadelphia area in a response to the escalating COVID-19 crisis.

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