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Dubai, Hong Kong Airports to Reopen to In-Transit Passengers

Dubai, Hong Kong Airports to Reopen to In-Transit Passengers

Two major airports – Hong Kong and Dubai – will soon begin to allow in-transit passengers.
Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world’s busiest, will partially resume transit services next week, the city’s leader said Tuesday.
“Transit services at the airport, which have been suspended since March 25, will partly resume on June 1,” Chief Executive Carrie Lam told reporters.
Meanwhile, Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said that Dubai International …

Latam Files Bankruptcy Citing ‘Collapse in Global Demand’ Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

Latam Files Bankruptcy Citing ‘Collapse in Global Demand’ Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

Latam Airlines Group, Latin America’s largest carrier, filed for bankruptcy protection, the second airline in the region to fall victim to the coronavirus crisis in the past month.
The carrier filed for Chapter 11 protection late on Monday in United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.  It said it planned to keep flying passengers and cargo, subject to travel restrictions and demand, while it restructures.
“Latam entered the …

Lufthansa to Get €9 Billion Bailout from German Government

Lufthansa to Get €9 Billion Bailout from German Government

Deutsche Lufthansa said Monday that the airline and the Wirtschaftsstabilisierungsfonds or Economic Stabilization Fund of the German government haveagreed on a €9 billion ($9.88 billion) bailout deal.
The government said the bail out is necessary to help the airline survive an “existential emergency.” It will take a 20% stake that it intends to sell by 2023. It will also inject €5.7 billion in non-voting capital, which is known as a “silent participation.”
The …

U.S. to Suspend Travel from Brazil as Situation Worsens in South America

U.S. to Suspend Travel from Brazil as Situation Worsens in South America

The U.S. government Sunday announced a ban on travel to the United States from Brazil as the coronavirus crisis there worsens.
Brazil became the world’s No. 2 hotspot for novel coronavirus cases on Friday, second only to the United States, overtaking Russia.  Health officials there reported that 332,382 people have been infected by the virus as of Friday.
President Donald Trump issued an order that denies entry to “all aliens” or non-U.S. …

Lufthansa to Restart Service to 20 Cities in June, Drop A380 Fleet from Frankfurt

Lufthansa to Restart Service to 20 Cities in June, Drop A380 Fleet from Frankfurt

Lufthansa said it plans to restore service to 20 additional locations next month, a company spokesman told Frequent Business Traveler on Sunday.  It also said it plans to discontinue Airbus A380 service from its Frankfurt hub.
The list of cities includes Crete, Faro, Ibiza, Malaga, Mallorca, and Rhoades, and the flights are slated to start in the middle of the month.  All of the flights will operate from Frankfurt.
On Friday, Lufthansa …

DOT to Allow U.S. Airlines to Temporarily Suspend Service to 75 Airports

DOT to Allow U.S. Airlines to Temporarily Suspend Service to 75 Airports

The U.S. Department of Transportation said it would allow 15 U.S. airlines to temporarily halt service to 75 airports amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
United Airlines and Delta Air Lines were granted tentative approval to halt flights to 11 airports each, while JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines, and Frontier Airlines won approval to temporarily end service to five airports each.
In announcing the approval, the department said that, despite the temporary halts in service, …

Paine Field Temporarily Suspends Commercial Flights

Paine Field Temporarily Suspends Commercial Flights

Paine Field, a small international airport that serves the Seattle area, will temporarily suspend commercial flights, the airport’s operator, Propeller Airports, said Friday.
The move will allow the airport to accelerate planned maintenance and repairs that would have taken over four months to complete had the airfield remained open.  Passenger service will resume on August 1, 2020.
“The travel industry has never faced an economic challenge of this magnitude,” said Brett Smith, …