Newly-appointed British Airways CEO Sean Doyle is urging the UK government to abandon its quarantine requirements and replace the system with preflight coronavirus testing to “get the economy moving again.” Speaking at the virtual “Airlines 2050: Beyond the Crisis” event on Monday, Doyle warned of a “risk as an industry we will not see beyond this crisis if we do not first address the issue of how we get people flying again; everything else is for another day.” The UK’s rule that requires passengers arriving in E
The Coronavirus impact on the aviation Industry
Business aircraft flying in the U.S., Canada, and Caribbean last month ticked up 1.2 percent from August, but is down 16.6 percent year-over-year as the Covid pandemic continues to stymie activity, according to the latest TraqPak data from Argus International. The company’s analysts predict that there will be a 14.8 percent year-over-year decrease in flight activity this month.
China's airlines continue to witness a strong uptick in local demand after domestic traffic rose to 47.75 million in September, representing 98 percent of passenger volume compared with the same month a year earlier, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said in a press briefing on Thursday. That translates to a total of 371,000 domestic passenger flights last month, up 3.5 percent from the same period in 2019.
The International Air Transport Association on Friday welcomed confirmation by French transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari that France will begin offering Covid-19 testing at Paris Charles De Gaulle and Orly International Airports by the end of the month. Appearing on French television, Djebbari said France will administer the tests for passengers leaving for countries such as the U.S. and Italy, as well as for passengers arriving from countries deemed high-risk.
In the maelstrom of the Covid pandemic’s impact on the business aviation sector, it has been hard to find space to reflect the personal toll it has taken on those working in the industry, but also their extraordinary response to this unprecedented public health and humanitarian crisis.
Aviation bodies ACI Europe, Airlines for Europe, and the International Air Transport Association have strongly criticized what they regard as the European Union leaders' failure to harmonize Covid-related travel restrictions between member states. On Tuesday, European Affairs ministers from EU states adopted a European Council recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement.
Alex Cruz is stepping down as chairman and chief executive of British Airways (BA) and is being replaced, with immediate effect, by Sean Doyle, his counterpart at Aer Lingus. The unexpected move was confirmed in a statement on Monday by International Airlines Group (IAG), which is the parent company for both carriers.
Engineers from Boeing, Airbus, and Embraer appear to have reached a consensus that the cabin environment in an airliner poses far less danger of Covid transmission than virtually any other indoor setting.
On-demand charter provider XO has launched a program to expose chefs, musicians, and authors to its membership base as a means “to build their reputations and prepare for a post-pandemic future.” Called “Heights of Talent,” the program begins with a call for submissions from chefs of their recipes and entrees that XO’s hospitality experts will judge.
Aviation analyst and data research specialist WingX is seeing global business jet activity settle at about 85 percent of what it was a year ago. The figure translates into about 50,000 fewer business jet sectors since the beginning of September, WingX reported.