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Lufthansa Group Revenue Plummets by 74%

Lufthansa Group Revenue Plummets by 74%

Deutsche Lufthansa announced financial results for the third quarter of 2020.
The Cologne-based company, which also owns Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, reported third quarter revenue of €2.66 billion ($3.14 billion), down 74% from €10.12 billion in the same period in 2019.
The airline reported a net loss of €1.97 billion loss for the quarter, compared to a €1.3 billion profit in Q3 2019.
Passenger traffic was down by some 80%.  …

United Airlines Modifies Stance on Flight Attendants Made Redundant by Foreign Base Closures

United Airlines Modifies Stance on Flight Attendants Made Redundant by Foreign Base Closures

United Airlines, which announced in June it would close its flight attendant bases in Frankfurt, Hong Kong, and Tokyo and won an arbitration case with the Association of Flight Attendants, which represents United’s workers, in September, has agreed to modify its stance slightly concerning the affected workers.
The union had challenged the airline’s refusal to allow workers at these bases to transfer to its sole remaining base in London.
Going forward, foreign …

U.K. Set to Enter Second Lockdown Amidst Dramatic Increase in Covid-19 Cases

U.K. Set to Enter Second Lockdown Amidst Dramatic Increase in Covid-19 Cases

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a nationwide lockdown that will go into effect on November 5 in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The British prime minister announced the plan at a news conference Saturday.
The lockdown will be fairly comprehensive.  Bars, restaurants, and all non-essential shops must remain closed.  Schools will remain open. People will have to stay home with exceptions for work, school, and exercise.
“We’ve got to …

Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa Reduce Capacity and Ground Planes

Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa Reduce Capacity and Ground Planes

Europe’s largest airlines including Air France, British Airways, and Lufthansa, are cutting capacity for the remainder of the year amidst as the coronavirus pandemic-induced plummet in travel worsens and governments on the Continent and abroad struggle to limit the spread of the virus.
Lufthansa Group, which owns Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, and Swiss, said it plans to operate 25% of the number of flights it operated in the same period in 2019, …

Germany and France Announce Partial Lockdowns Amidst Second Coronavirus Wave

Germany and France Announce Partial Lockdowns Amidst Second Coronavirus Wave

France and Germany enacted sweeping restrictions in an attempt to curtail the spread of the coronavirus and the rise in hospitalizations.
Germany will close bars and restaurants including Gaststätten, Kneipen, and Cafés starting Monday through the end of November while curtailing hotel stays for leisure travelers.  Restaurants will be allowed to offer takeaway and delivery during the closure.
Professional sports teams will play in empty stadiums, while theaters, opera houses, casinos, museums, …

Berlin’s ‘Ghost’ Airport Finally Opens, Billions Over Budget and 9 Years Late

Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt will – hold your breath – open its doors to passengers on October 31, 2020.    No, this isn’t our April 1 edition: This time, BER will really open, or so it would appear.
The aerodrome has been under construction for over 14 years, it is nine years past its original opening date, and it is more than $4 billion over budget. Every month, it costs several …

Europe Imposes New Restrictions as France Reports Record Number of New Coronavirus Cases

Europe Imposes New Restrictions as France Reports Record Number of New Coronavirus Cases

European countries are scrambling to contain the spread of the coronavirus after France announced a daily record for new infections amidst the Continent’s second wave of infections.  Italy and Spain both announced new steps to combat the spread, while the number of new infections continues to climb in Austria, Germany, Poland, and the United Kingdom.
The news comes are Europe set its clocks back by one hour, which means it will …