Monthly Archives: March 2020

IATA reiterates call for government support for aviation as horizon darkens

The International Air Transport Association has reiterated its call for urgent action from European governments to provide financial relief to airlines. The latest IATA scenario for potential revenue loss by European carriers is US$76 billion. At the same time, passenger demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometres) is projected to be 46 per cent below 2019 […]

China resumes airport construction

Work has resumed on more than a quarter of China’s major airport infrastructure projects, the country’s CAA has announced. During a video conference, the planning department of China’s Civil Aviation Administration reported the resumption of major civil aviation infrastructure projects. The Central and Southwest Civil Aviation Administration of Xinjiang, the Xinjiang Administration and the Air […]

Canadian airports call for help

CAC, the Canadian Airports Council, has called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for financial aid for the sector. According to CAC, Canada’s airports expect to see losses of C$1.8bn to C$2.2bn (US$1.14bn – US$1.39bn) in 2020, a situation the council described as “unprecedented and catastrophic”. In its letter to the prime minister, the council also […]

Heathrow calls on industry to use available capacity in fight against COVID-19

Heathrow will be stepping up its cargo capabilities as it calls on more airlines and freight companies to maximise the use of the hub airport’s quieter schedule so that the aviation industry can play its part in the economic and social fight against COVID-19. Air freight will keep vital supply lines open and help to […]

London City Airport temporarily suspends commercial and private flights

Following the announcements from Government on Monday night, London City Airport will temporarily suspend all commercial and private flights from the airport. The suspension will be effective from Wednesday evening and, reflecting the timing of the new measures in place, is expected to last until the end of April, but this will be kept under […]

Aena reorganizes its airports

Spanish airport operator Aena has announced a widescale reorganizations of its facilities in line with government measures and a fall in passenger numbers. The operator will reorganize its airports over the coming days in a bid to make managing them more efficient and to ensure that operation can resume when demand returns to normal. At […]

Heathrow’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) represents a seismic challenge for the global aviation industry – including Heathrow. Heathrow will take steps to reorganise and shrink our operation to remain open throughout this crisis. Keeping Heathrow open will enable some passenger services to continue, as well as facilitating cargo operations which will safeguard vital supply lines […]

ACI proposes global COVID-19 response

Airports Council International (ACI) World director general Angela Gittens has outlined the organization’s position on the global policy response for the airport industry and the aviation ecosystem. ACI World supports the calls made by ACI Asia-Pacific, ACI Europe, ACI North America, and ACI Latin America Caribbean for urgent support measures for airports. “There is a […]

Gatwick introduces special measures

The UK’s Gatwick Airport has taken steps to safeguard the financial resilience of the business – and prepare it for a quick recovery – by significantly reducing costs. Operationally, this includes closing the airport to flights between midnight and 5:30am – except for emergency landings – and closing two of the airport’s six piers. Further […]

Copenhagen postpones investments

Denmark’s Copenhagen Airport has announced a series of cost-cutting measures, including the postponing of planned investments, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. After reviewing all business areas, airport management has identified potential savings in the remainder of the year of Dkr250m-Dkr350m (US$37-US$51m) in current operating costs, including costs for marketing, consulting services and external contracts […]