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Coronavirus: Airlines update

Swiss has temporarily taken two thirds of its short- and long-haul fleet out of operation and reduced the flight schedule by over 80% (as of March 18). On the morning of March 19, the Swiss airline announced that it would reduce its flight schedule to 10% and only six aircraft are still in use.

From March 23rd, Swiss will have a long-haul jet and five short- and medium-haul aircraft in the air. The long haul is used with three frequencies to Newark / New York. This should be understood as an offer for Swiss people who want to return from the USA and US citizens who want to fly to their home country. This fuselage flight plan was extended from April 2 to May 3, and on April 16, Swiss extended this plan again to May 17. In view of the ongoing global travel restrictions, the minimum flight schedule of Swiss will initially remain in force until May 31, 2020, the Swiss airline announced on April 29.

Swiss wants to partially restart its flight operations in June and plans to operate up to 190 flights to 41 European destinations from Zurich and Geneva. The structure is staggered, the offer is gradually increased over the weeks. Whether these flights are also booked by passengers depends on whether the governments of the destination countries reopen their borders to foreigners without quarantine regulations by then, Swiss announced on May 14.

In the long-haul segment, too, Swiss would like to offer its passengers new intercontinental direct connections in addition to the three weekly connections to New York / Newark. The Swiss airline plans to offer flights from Zurich to:

  • New York JFK (4x a week)
  • Chicago (twice a week)
  • Singapore (1x per week)
  • Bangkok (1x per week)
  • Tokyo (twice a week)
  • Mumbai (3 times a week)
  • Hong Kong (twice a week)
  • Johannesburg (1x per week)

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Lufthansa Group - The airlines of the Lufthansa Group, including Swiss, offer their customers a EUR 50 discount on every rebooking. There are still no rebooking fees, no matter which tariff was booked. However, if the rebooked tariff is more expensive due to a change in the destination (rebooking from short to long haul), change of travel class or the like, an additional payment may be required despite the discount. If the travel agency issues the new ticket on behalf of the passengers, it will also receive a bonus of EUR 10 for each newly issued ticket.

From Monday, May 4, 2020, Swiss is asking all passengers to bring a mouth and nose cover for their flight and to wear it on board their flights. The LH Group recommends wearing these during the entire journey, i.e. also before or after the flight at the airport, if social distancing cannot be adequately guaranteed.

At the Lufthansa Group there is even talk of compulsory masks on board all group airlines until the end of August. «In today's press release, the Lufthansa Group has imposed a so-called mask requirement. After a thorough analysis, Swiss came to the conclusion that this measure should be communicated as a recommendation and therefore not as an obligation, ”said Swiss media spokesman Marco Lipp when asked by TRAVEL INSIDE.

A total of 80 aircraft will be reactivated for the June flight schedule at the three carriers of the Lufthansa Group. This means that a total of 106 destinations could be flown to in the coming month, writes the Lufthansa Group. As of June 1, the passenger airlines will be using 160 aircraft. The current return flight plan was calculated with only 80 aircraft, the LH Group announced on May 8th.

These airlines have also taken measures and new reports are constantly being added:

Status: Thursday, May 28th - 4:00 p.m.

  • Aegean Airlines:Aegean intends to gradually resume international flight operations to some important European destinations by the end of May. Connections are planned from its hub in Athens to Zurich, Geneva, Frankfurt and Munich, initially with a limited frequency. At the same time, there will be more flights to Brussels, the only international destination that was not suspended on March 26th. Aegean is also ramping up flight operations domestically. From Monday, May 18, the airline will gradually increase its capacity to Heraklion, Chania, Thessaloniki and Alexandroupolis, and from May 25, additional frequencies will be added to Rhodes, Corfu, Mytilene, Chios, Samos and other domestic destinations.
  • Aer Lingus: In March to June capacities will be reduced by 75%. No rebooking fees for bookings for trips in May 2020. If there is a tariff difference, this applies. This means that customers will have to pay any difference in cost between the price originally paid and the price available at the time of the change. All other tariff conditions remain as described.
  • Air Austral:The airline has decided to extend the reduced flight schedule until the end of May. As a result, Air Austral will have virtually no flights during this period and will not operate 95% of the originally scheduled flights.
  • Air Baltic:The airline is resuming direct flights from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius. Flights to Switzerland are currently not planned. Since the airline assumes that demand will not return to the same level, it has reduced capacity as a precaution by 50% for the entire summer flight program by October 31, 2020, according to a statement.
  • Air Canada: Over the past few weeks, Air Canada has gradually presented a revised plan for international operations in the summer of 2020. This also includes flights to Switzerland. The Canadian national airline has been flying three times a week between Toronto and Zurich since mid-May. The airline plans to increase this flight to four a week on June 7, to five on July 2 and to seven from August 1. The Vancouver-Zurich route is also due to start on August 1st. From July 3rd, Air Canada will also fly three times a week from Montreal to Geneva. The flight is even planned to take place daily from August. Air Canada will also operate a Boeing 787 between Toronto and Zurich three times a week throughout May. Air Canada passengers and crew must wear masks from April 20th. This rule applies at airports, during boarding and in flight when social distancing is not possible. According to the ministerial guideline, travelers must prove that they are wearing appropriate face protection before boarding Air Canada flights. Travelers who do not have their own face protection will be equipped with a suitable mask at the security check.
  • Air China:From May 1, 2020, Air China will be able to serve a total of 22 international routes per week, including 19 routes via Beijing, three routes via Shanghai Pudong and two routes via Chengdu. Switzerland flights are not planned for May and June.
  • Air Dolomiti:Air Dolomiti, the Italian airline of the Lufthansa Group, has announced a new domestic connection that departs from Florence Airport and arrives in Bari from June 19. This destination joins the previously announced domestic flights from Florence to Catania, Palermo and Cagliari: another important Italian airport will thus be easily accessible from Tuscany with four weekly frequencies. So far, customers have been asked to notify their desired rebooking by June 1st. This period has been extended by twelve weeks to August 31. In accordance with the decree of the Italian government of April 26th and the consequent obligation to wear mouth and nose covers, Air Dolomiti, the Italian airline of the Lufthansa Group, invites its passengers to do so on all of them from Monday, May 4th use mouth and nose protection during their travels at the airport and on board. The entire flight crew will wear appropriate mouth and nose protection and disposable gloves. The regular distribution of antibacterial refreshing tissues will continue, the on-board service will remain suspended. In addition, due to the current low occupancy, Air Dolomiti will allocate the seats as widely as possible and will always endeavor to ensure the minimum distance between the people.
  • Air France:Due to the corona crisis, Air France has adjusted its flight schedule. A greatly reduced network is currently being offered, which corresponds to around 10% of the regular capacity. In Switzerland, the airline maintains the connection via Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Geneva. As of May 1, 2020, there will be daily flights to Geneva Airport. From June 10, 2020, Air France will gradually resume its flights from Zurich to Paris Charles-de-Gaulle. By the end of June, the airline would like to increase from the initial one flight to four flights a week. The flights are carried out with an Airbus A318 / A320.
  • Air Greenland:Domestic flights have been possible since April 25th. According to the airline's website, the remaining flights will only be possible again in June.
  • Air Madagascar: The airline will suspend all international flights until May 11th.
  • Air Malta:The airline will cease commercial operations from March 14th until further notice. Air Malta will operate flights to London Heathrow, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. According to the airline, these airports are proving to be a critical lifeline for freight, the supply of medical equipment and relief supplies and the repatriation of foreigners from Malta to their country. These flights will continue in the coming weeks.
  • Air Moldova: Stop of operation until May 15th.
  • Air Namibia: All domestic flights will resume on Wednesday, May 6th, 2020. All regional and international flights will be suspended until Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
  • Air New Zealand:The airline is extending the special flight schedule by a month with a significantly reduced network. It is now valid until June 30, 2020. During this time, the airline will fly regional routes three times a week to Los Angeles, twice to Hong Kong and from May three times to Shanghai.
  • Air Serbia:The Serbian airline will temporarily cease operations on Thursday (March 19). It is not known when a restart is planned.
  • Air Tahiti: The airline of French Polynesia announces the temporary suspension of all flights from March 28th.
  • Air Transat:The airline has announced the gradual suspension of flights until May 31.
  • Alitalia:All passengers who have purchased a ticket by April 30th for flights from February 23rd to June 30th can apply by August 31st for: A rebooking for a trip by March 31st, 2021 or within the maximum ticket validity or a refund with a voucher of the same value as the ticket purchased, valid for one year to fly to any destination offered by Alitalia. All passengers who are in possession of an Alitalia ticket and whose flight has been canceled can request the following up to August 31: a rebooking for a trip up to March 31, 2021 or within the maximum validity of the ticket, a voucher valid for one year to fly to any destination served by Alitalia or a refund of the fare or the balance of the unused portion of the trip.
  • American Airlines:The US airline will cut 60% of capacity in April compared to the same period in 2019 and plans to cut down to 80% in May. Domestic capacity will be reduced by 70 to 80% in May and international capacity by 80 to 90%. The airline will make further capacity cuts this summer to meet record-breaking low customer demand. American Airlines will: Reduce international capacity for peak summer travel by more than 60% compared to the same period last year. Tickets booked before May 31, 2020 for travel up to September 30, 2020 can be rebooked with no change fees.
  • ANA:The coronavirus crisis also brutally hit the Japanese airline: 4912 flights on 58 routes have so far been canceled. The airline is temporarily suspending the service on selected domestic routes. European flights are canceled until the end of May.
  • Austrian Airlines:The spread of the coronavirus has resulted in entry restrictions and a decline in the demand for air travel around the world. Therefore, Austrian Airlines temporarily suspended regular flight operations on March 18, 2020. All Austrian Airlines flights are currently canceled until May 31, 2020. So that customers can design their travel plans flexibly, all tariffs and ticket prices can be rebooked until the end of August 2020, for short, medium and long-haul routes, for existing bookings and for new bookings. This also applies to flights that have been canceled. All goodwill regulations apply to Austrian Airlines and the entire Lufthansa Group.
  • Asiana: The South Korean airline is doing everything in its power to maintain the connection between Seoul and Frankfurt. The flight schedule has been adjusted and reduced from seven to five weekly connections. Air traffic will be suspended from the first week of April to April 7th and will be resumed on three days a week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). Most of the flights have been canceled.
  • Avianca: Starting March 23, all international flights will be suspended and domestic flights in Colombia will be reduced by 84%. In addition, cost-cutting measures are being introduced and investments are being postponed.
  • Bangkok Airways:The Thai regional airline is suspending 20 international and 10 domestic routes until October.
  • British: In March to May the capacities will be reduced by 80%. Issued travel vouchers are valid until April 30, 2022.
  • Brussels Airlines: Flight operations will not resume before June 1, 2020. In the meantime, the value of all affected tickets will remain valid for future trips as the airline is putting the original ticket on hold. So far, customers have been asked to notify their desired rebooking by June 1st. This period has been extended by twelve weeks to August 31.
  • Cathay Pacific:The group will reduce the capacity of its passenger flights by 96% in April and May. The last flights to Europe that can accommodate transit passengers are on March 25th: CX219 to Manchester, CX255 to Heathrow and CX289 to Frankfurt. Five flights (two to Zurich, three to Frankfurt) will still be operated at the end of March and beginning of April, but only for Hong Kong residents. Thereafter, as already announced, Cathay Pacific will operate three times a week exclusively to and from London Heathrow until the end of May. Cathay has expanded its offer of unlimited, fee-free rebooking or changes to the routing of bookings for all new tickets issued by June 30, 2020. Passengers now have more time to change their plans and can make unlimited changes for up to a year after purchasing the ticket. If tickets were booked before March 9, 2020, bookings can also be changed and fees may apply. If Cathay passengers are unsure when to fly, they can now exchange their tickets for Cathay Credits. The amount of the original tickets can be used for a booking at a later date. This is possible for tickets issued on or before March 23, 2020 and with an original travel period dated between March 17 and June 30, 2020. Once the tickets have been exchanged for Cathay Credits, passengers will have until December 31, 2020 to complete their new bookings. The trip must be completed before June 30, 2021.
  • Chair:Chair announced on their homepage that due to the current situation further flights have to be canceled. This after the airline announced on March 20th that it would suspend all flights until April 19th (as of May 4th - no news). The new cancellations concern the following connections: Marsa Alam (canceled up to and including May 7th), Larnaka (up to and including May 9th), Beirut (up to and including May 10th), Sharmel-Sheikh (up to and including May 11th), Heraklion (up to and including May 11th), Hurghada (up to and including May 13th), Kos (up to and including May 14th)
  • Condor:Condor had to severely restrict its regular flight schedule until May 28, 2020 (short and medium-haul flights) and until June 25, 2020 (long-haul) due to the travel warning from the German government and due to the entry restrictions to the European Union and many Condor destinations. The flights of the restricted replacement flight schedule can be booked regularly: Palma de Mallorca: Thursdays, Sundays, Tenerife: Mondays, Fridays and Gran Canaria: Sundays.
  • Copa Airlines: The Panama airline will temporarily, but surely, stop all its flights until June 1st.
  • Corsair:The French airline has suspended all flights.
  • Cyprus Airways: The airline is canceling all flights and will cease operations until further notice.
  • Czech Airlines: Operations are suspended until further notice.
  • Delta:Almost all EU flights and some domestic flights have been temporarily suspended. The airlines are reducing their international capacities from March 16 up to and including May by 75% compared to the previous year. Due to the Corona crisis, the airline will soon have more than 600 aircraft on the ground.
  • Easyjet:Due to border closings, travel restrictions and changed travel advice across the entire network, the low-cost airline has decided to leave the entire fleet on the ground from March 30th. When the flight operations for commercial flights can be resumed is currently completely open. Flights can be booked online for the end of May (as of May 4th).
  • Edelweiss: The Swiss airline will cancel many of its short- and long-haul destinations by the end of March or April and will shut down aircraft. This applies until May 17th. When booking a new flight with the Swiss airline, customers receive a discount of up to CHF 50 if the price for the new trip is higher than the original ticket value. There are no rebooking fees and the Edelweiss destination as well as the travel class can be freely selected when booking. If the customer does not want to make use of the rebooking offers, he will get his money back in the event of a cancellation. More information on canceled and ongoing flights can be found on the airline's website.
  • El Al:The Israeli airline El Al has completely suspended its flight operations to Germany, Austria and Switzerland until at least May 30th.
  • Emirates: According to the latest flight plan data, the golf airline will probably resume its passenger flights in July at the earliest. While it is currently operating repatriation flights to selected destinations, the latest updates to its planned routes show that regular passenger flights will be delayed at least until the beginning of the third quarter of this year, reports the Arabian Business portal. According to their website, Emirates flights will be available to book from July, including Frankfurt, Vienna and Zurich, and Emirates has updated its travel waiver policy due to Covid-19 for tickets issued in all of its global markets. 1. Keep your ticket: all Emirates tickets booked before June 30th for travel through November 30th will be automatically renewed for 760 days. 2. Apply for a travel voucher: Travel vouchers are valid for one year from the date of issue of the voucher and can be extended for a second year. 3. Refunds: Customers who have chosen to keep their ticket or opted for a travel voucher can still request a refund if they are unable to travel. There are no refund penalties.
  • Ethiopian Airlines: The airlines are temporarily removing 30 destinations from the flight schedule. Paris, Stockholm, Brussels, Frankfurt, London and Vienna will continue to offer reduced flights, but travelers with tourist and business visas will not be accepted on the flights. Flights to Geneva suspended until further notice.
  • Etihad:According to the latest directive from the government of the United Arab Emirates (airports will be closed), Etihad will temporarily suspend all passenger flights for two weeks from March 25, 2020. In May Etihad will fly to Zurich on the following dates: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
  • Eurowings:Due to the increasing spread of the coronavirus and the associated decline in bookings as well as numerous entry restrictions, Eurowings is planning a further significant reduction in flight capacity from March 25 to May 17. Depending on the further development, the offered program will be temporarily reduced to around 10% of the previous capacity. The airline continues to fly the most important routes from Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart, Munich and Düsseldorf. When customers book a flight with Eurowings, they can rebook it an unlimited number of times and free of charge up to 14 days before departure. Eurowings asks customers to use mouth and nose protection at the airport and on board on all of their trips with the airline from Monday, May 4th. It goes without saying that all Eurowings flight attendants who are in direct contact with customers will also wear appropriate protection.
  • Finnair:The Finnish airline will cease operations 90%. As of April, it will only serve 20 routes. Zurich will be served in May.
  • Flybair:Due to the current situation in Europe and especially in Greece, Italy and Spain, Flybair is postponing the start by two months. If the situation permits, the eight planned destinations from Bern as well as the Sion – Mallorca route are to be offered from July 2020.
  • Gol LinhasAéreas: It has been announced that all international flights of the airline will be suspended until June 30th.
  • Helvetic Airways:The Swiss airline will cease operations completely in the next few days. The airline announced this on March 25th. The entire in-house production has also been discontinued until further notice.
  • Iberia: In March up to and including May, capacities will be reduced by 75%.
  • Jet blue reduces its capacities in April and May by at least 40%.
  • Jetstar Asia: The Singapore airline will cease operations from March 23 to May 31.
  • Kenya Airways: The Kenyan airline will temporarily suspend international flight operations from March 25th.
  • KLM:Due to the corona crisis, KLM has adjusted its flight schedule. The airline is currently offering a greatly reduced network that corresponds to around 10% of regular capacity. In Switzerland, KLM maintains connections via Amsterdam-Schiphol to Zurich and Geneva: As of March 30, 2020, the airports will be served once a day until further notice.
  • Laudawill cease operations until further notice.
  • Latam:Latam announced on April 17 that it will reduce passenger traffic by 95% in May 2020 amid travel restrictions and the historic decline in demand due to Covid-19. International flights have been canceled except for two flights to Miami (as of the end of April).
  • LOT: Operations will be suspended until the end of May.
  • Lufthansa: Lufthansa is also sticking to its fuselage flight plan. She is initially extending her return flight plan until May 31. Some connections are also included in this flight plan. As of May 18, Lufthansa will be flying from Frankfurt to Athens (Greece), Porto (Portugal) and Gothenburg (Sweden) in the reduced return flight schedule. The airline's domestic flight offer from Munich will be doubled. Lufthansa now offers a total of 15 weekly long-haul connections: three times a week from Frankfurt to Newark and Chicago (both USA), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Bangkok (Thailand) and Tokyo (Japan). In addition, Lufthansa now offers around 330 weekly connections to the most important cities in Germany and Europe from its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich, instead of around 280. So far, customers have been asked to notify their desired rebooking by June 1st. This period has been extended by twelve weeks to August 31.
  • Luxair: The national airline of the Grand Duchy ceased flight operations up to and including May 30th.
  • Montenegro Airlines:The airline has announced that it will suspend all commercial flights until at least May 15th. Montenegro Airlines started it on March 16.
  • Norwegian: From March to May, capacities will be reduced by 75%.
  • Oman Air: The golf airline will cease all passenger services to and from Muscat from March 29, 2020, 12 noon, until further notice. Oman Air's domestic flights to and from the governorate of Musandam will continue to operate as usual.
  • People’s Air:The management of People’s is extending the stop in scheduled operations on the Altenrhein-Vienna route until June 2, 2020. As usual, the affected passengers would be informed by the People’s Info Center. The special regulations already communicated for rebooking or cancellations remain unchanged. Guests who have booked a flight to a holiday destination will be contacted by their tour operator / travel agent as soon as there is reliable information about their travel date.
  • Philippine Airlines:The airline announced that it would suspend all remaining international flights from March 26 to May 9. Domestic flights are partly taking place again.
  • Qantas / Jetstar Airways:On March 26th, Qantas and Jetstar Airways will suspend all international flights. As of the end of April, certain flights will be resumed. More information on the airline's homepage.
  • Qatar Airways:The golf airline continues to operate more than 150 flights per day. Usually it's around 590. As of March 24th, Qatar Airways is offering flights to over 70 cities around the world. However, they are constantly reviewing operations to see where there is more demand, "and wherever possible, we will add more flights or larger planes". Transit is still possible. (As of March 26th). The airline is expanding operations to Australia to bring people home. The airline will operate the following flights: one daily flight to Brisbane (Boeing 777-300ER), twice daily to Perth (Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER), twice daily to Melbourne (Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777-300ER) and three times a day to Sydney (Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777-300ER).
  • Rwandair:On instructions from the Rwandan Ministry of Health, Rwandair is to temporarily suspend its commercial passenger flights in the fight against Covid-19. The measure is valid until at least April 30th.
  • Ryanair:With most EU countries imposing flight bans or other restrictions, over 90% of Ryanair's planes will remain on the ground for the coming weeks. “We will adhere to these restrictions at all times. We are working with EU governments to try to keep some flight routes open for much-needed travel, even if the number of passengers on these flights will be very low. " On Monday, March 30th, the airline extended this restricted flight schedule by one week to Thursday, April 9th. Ryanair will operate some flights on a daily or weekly basis. The restricted flight schedule will be extended until May 14th.
  • SAS: With a few exceptions, flight operations will be suspended.
  • Singapore Airlines: From April 1 until April 11, the airline will fly three times a week with a Boeing 777 from Singapore to Zurich.A total of 96% of the originally planned capacities are to be canceled. Flights to Zurich will be possible again in May.
  • Sky Chile:The Chilean airline is suspending all of its flights in response to the health crisis caused by the coronavirus. According to the airline, the measure will last from March 25 to May 31.
  • South African Airways: The airline has announced that it will immediately suspend all international flights until May 31 in response to a government travel ban. A total of 162 flights were canceled between March 17 and 31. 38 of them are international flights, the rest are African routes. As a direct result of the suspension, there was an immediate drastic drop in demand for African regional flights. It is therefore also hiring South African Airways. The stop of regional flights will begin on Friday (March 27) and will last until April 16. After the South African government refused to give South African Airways further money on April 16, the National Carrier, founded in 1934, is about to end . The SAA special administrator has informed management and the union that all 4,700 SAA employees will be laid off. According to the portal Aero.de, the rescue of the airline has failed and the company will be dissolved after 86 years. SAA will part with all employees at the end of the month. The South African airline has implemented a severance package for its 4,700 employees and employment contracts will be terminated as of April 30th.
  • Sri Lankan Airlines: The airline offers all passengers who bought or will buy a UL ticket before April 30, 2020 for travel up to December 31, 2020, the option of free and unlimited travel on the same flight number on other days until the end of the year in order to book. Only the tariff difference is calculated. Alternatively, there is the option of canceling the ticket and receiving a travel voucher for the full price of the ticket.
  • Sundair:The charter airline has not operated any flights to tourist destinations since March 23rd up to and including June 14th. The flights to / from Beirut, special charter and additional return flights are excluded from the flight stop.
  • Sunexpress: Depending on the destination, operations will be suspended until mid or late May. The airline has already published its 2020/21 winter flight plan for Turkey. The holiday airline not only enables new bookings until next year, but also offers passengers with an existing booking to use it easily and flexibly for a trip until March 27, 2021 - the end of the upcoming winter flight schedule.
  • Starlux:The newly founded airline Starlux from Taiwan has to suspend all of its flights due to the corona virus.
  • TAP:The Portuguese national airline will temporarily reduce its operations. However, it will try to offer flights on all routes where possible. São Paulo is served three times a week, Boston, Miami and Toronto twice. There are also domestic flights and a few flights in Europe. Geneva will not be served in May.
  • Thai Airways:The airline announced on Tuesday (March 24) that it would cease flights to the following destinations in response to the coronavirus outbreak: Zurich will not be served in May and June. In Asia, all flights are to Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Seoul, Kunming, Xiamen, Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kathmandu, Lahore, Dhaka, Islamabad, Colombo, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Ho Chi Minh -City, Hanoi, Yangon, Singapore, Jakarta, Bali, Karachi; in Australia Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and in Europe London, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen, Oslo, Moscow and Stockholm. Health certificates required for all passengers
  • TUIfly:Due to the current developments as a result of the coronavirus situation and tightening travel and entry restrictions, TUIfly's flight program from Germany and Switzerland to other countries will be canceled in the period from March 16, 2020 to May 15, 2020. We will cancel the flight booking for all customers booked during this period. Customers will shortly receive an email about this. If you have any questions, please send the service center an email: servicecenter (at) tuifly.com.
  • Turkish Airlines:The airline is postponing the resumption of international flights. The airline will not operate any commercial flights until May 28th. Turkish Airlines is referring to discussions with the authorities. In addition, the demand is still unlikely to be large enough to enable profitable operation. Domestic and international tickets purchased between March 21 - May 20, 2020 can be rebooked until December 31, 2021, or passengers can convert their ticket to an open ticket. On top of that, there are currently no penalties for ticket changes at Turkish Airlines.
  • United: While the international flight schedule is still reduced by about 90% in April and May, the airline will continue to operate six daily flights to and from destinations located in Asia, Australia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe to deliver customers there to bring where they are needed. Among other things, United's flight UA960 / 961 from New York / Newark to Frankfurt will continue to be offered until May. The connections with Switzerland are suspended until May 21st. After that, the airline plans to fly once a day from Zurich and Geneva to Washington and Newark. After United Airlines first introduced mask requirements for flight attendants, the company is now announcing that it will make protective masks available to passengers on board free of charge. The measure should be implemented as early as the beginning of May.
  • Vietnam Airlines stops all international flights until April 30th. To serve passenger demand after Vietnam began easing nationwide social distancing after an effective containment from April 23, Vietnam Airlines Group (including Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, and Vasco) will increase domestic routes operations and increase economic Promote recovery. Accordingly, Vietnam Airlines will operate four to six flights a day on the Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City route from April 23 to 30, and increase the frequency to eleven flights from May 2020. On the Danang - Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City route, the frequency will be one to two flights per day and then increased to four to five flights per day from May 2020.
  • Virgin Atlantic reduces flights by 80% through March 26th. The airline will park 75% of the fleet by the end of March and then even 85% by the end of May.
  • Virgin Australia: All international flights suspended until further notice. Domestic flights capacities are reduced by 50%. The airline is preparing to put itself under bankruptcy protection. The burden of debt has become too great, according to Australian media.
  • Vueling: In March to May, capacities will be reduced by more than 75%. The Iberia sister company will operate the route from Barcelona to Zurich and back once a week until April 25th.(TI)

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