As of April 5, there are currently more than 1.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection around the world, and the US remains the worst-affected country in the world, with over 328,861 confirmed cases. It’s only been 30 days since the first case in the US.
Spain has overtaken European neighbour Italy in terms of the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, with more than 130,000 cases in the country.
However, on a more cautious note, mainland China reported 30 new
coronavirus cases on Saturday, up from 19 a day earlier. Most of these were
cases involving travellers from abroad.
Coronavirus: Will the Airlines Survive ?
• Overview: Current Cases (April 5, 2020)
• Unprecedented Challenges for Airlines
• How Chinese Airlines Are Responding to the Coronavirus
• Airlines Shift to Cargo as Passenger Volume Falls
COVID-19 brings unprecedented challenges to business and operation of airlines. At present, nearly a thousand airlines around the world are facing serious crises such as suspensions, layoffs, operational difficulties and even bankruptcy.
• Lufthansa will operate only 18 long-haul flights per week until May 3 for travel restrictions, and will eliminate annual shareholder dividends.
• Bangkok Airways will suspend all 20 international routes from March 29 to October 24 and all domestic flights from April 7 to 30.
• Cathay Pacific canceled 96% of passenger flights in April and May, but continued flying some passenger planes empty in order to transport cargo.
• Korean Air grounded four-fifths of its international capacity
• WestJet reduced 6,900 out of its 14,000 employees and grounded at least 120 planes. All international flights were cancelled for a month.
• Air Canada plans to lay off 16,500 employees and cut its routes by 90% in April and May.