Aviation Covid-19 Situation Report (4th-7th April 2020)

April 8, 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.




Austrian Airlines has extended the temporary cessation of flight operations until May 3.


Despite this the airline has begun planning for operations after the Corona crisis.




Brussels Airlines extends the temporary suspension of flights until 15 May.




Wuhan Airport reopens as corona shutdown ends.


European Union


The European Commission has fast tracked the launch of SURE, an unemployment reinsurance scheme to support short-time work measures.


All stakeholders representing the European aviation industry have united in a call to EU institutions to provide quick and targeted support to the aviation industry.




Air France-KLM group plans to borrow 6 billion euros guaranteed by the French and Dutch governments.




Lufthansa Technik has agreed a short-time work agreement for its operations in Germany and its subsidiaries.


Lufthansa Group is to retire 42 aircraft, including 21 widebody aircraft. They will also expedite the closure of its low-cost subsidiary Germanwings.




Air Deccan has announced that it will cease operations until further notice, and place all workers on sabbatical without pay.




The Isreali government has refused a $350 loan to national carrier El Al.




airBaltic further reduces capacity by approximately 50%, for the remainder of the summer season.




Air France-KLM group plans to borrow 6 billion euros guaranteed by the French and Dutch governments.




The Pakistan Airline Pilots Association (PALPA) has asked its members not to operate any flights until further notice in order to ensure that there is no compromise to the safety of its members.




Wizz Air suspends routes from Romania to UK, Netherlands and Switzerland until 18 April.




Braathens Regional Airways has filed for reorganisation under bankruptcy protection.




Thai Airways International workers have ceased work and taken a pay cut from until the end of May. Workers have had a pay cut between 10%-40% depending on rank.


United Arab Emirates


Etihad Airways to resume passenger flights from April 5th pending permission from the UAE government. Etihad has suspended all services since March 25. 


United States


Boeing is to temporarily suspend 787 production in its facility North Charleston, South Carolina.


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