Aviation Covid-19 Situation Report (25th March 2020)

March 25, 2020

To keep our affiliates updated, we will be posting daily 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 publically available information provided to us by our affiliates and media outlets.


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Austrian Airlines have extended the temporary suspension of operations until April 19.



  • Gulf Air will operate just 13 of its 49 destinations including flights to Abu Dhabi (AUH), Dubai (DXB), London (LHR), Paris (CDG), Frankfurt (FRA), and Mumbai (BOM). All flights to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan and Morocco remain suspended.








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  • Almost all Swiss Intl. Airlines operations have been stopped in Zurich and Geneva. The only remaining routes are a flight to New York Newark and some repatriation flights that will continue until the end of March.
  • Workers there are working on short-time work until June and are on 95% of their salaries. The additional 5% will be compensated by the airline before the end of 2020.
  • Similarly to many other European carriers, there has been a number of measures taken on board including no cash handling, air conditioning on during boarding/disembarking, no training flights, additional hand disinfectant, larger crew buses and an adapted boarding process to ensure social distancing. Cabin Crew are being allowed to stay at home without consequences due to a “fear clause” in the union’s CBA.
  • However, the use of facemasks and gloves is still not being permitted.



  • It is rumoured that Thai Airways will use this crisis to shed about 50% of its permanent workforce. The airline has been in financial difficulties for a number of years and has previously sought liquidity through the sale of aircraft.
  • Thai Airways will suspend all operations until at least May 31.
  • Thai Smile will suspend all international flights from 23 March until further notice.


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