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More Signs of Recovery

Gulf Air

Flight Resumptions, New Routes, Suspensions and Cancellations 

More information now available from around the world. Passenger loads will govern frequency. In no particular order or category:


Turkish – already resumed IST-LHR

Anadolujet – started SAW-STN. Mainly serves Turkish domestic routes in addition to Northern Cyprus, Iraq and Italy. Fleet of B737-800, TK subsidiary.

Eastern Airways – from 22 June, MME-ABZ and BHD daily. From 6 July, MME-LCY and NQY. No mention of aircraft type

NQY – reopens to commercial aviation on 4 July

SOU – Eastern starting new routes between 22 June and 23 July. Destinations ABZ, BHD, DUB, MAN, NCL, LBA and MME. A very welcome lifeline for SOU after FlyBe collapse. Aircraft not specified

Jet2 – postpones flight resumption again, now 15 July

Delta – from 8 July, flights suspended affecting ASE, BGR, ERI, FNT, FSM, LNK, EWN, PIA, SBA, AVP and XWA. Also, from 21 June, suspending services to YOW

Gulf Air – effective end June, connecting passengers from Pakistan through Bahrain to LHR, CDG and FRA

Egyptair – effective 12 June CAI-FRA and AMS. 13 June CAI-LHR, 14 June CAI-CDG and VIE, 15 June CAI-MUC

Wizz – taken delivery of first A320neo. Youngest fleet amongst low cost carriers. From June 2020, flights planned OTP-AUH and BUD-AUH. Then from September 2020 AUH-CLJ, SOF and KTW

Air France – intends to serve 80% of network in Summer 2020. Concentrating on domestic (inter-regional) flights particularly Corsica. Only 106 aircraft to be used. Flights will also operate to French Overseas Territories and Europe (mainly Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal)

Air New Zealand – starting 25 June, resuming AKL-NRT. Frequency not known. Also plan to operate 55% of domestic flights in July and August. From 22 June resuming AKL-PVG once a week (outbound M, return W)

Alitalia – from 1 July resumes twice daily MXP-LHR, AMS and CDG. Up to 12xweek MXP-BRU. Also resumption of MXP-BDS, SUF, NAP, REG, PNL and LMP. Also increasing services FCO-BCN, MAD,CDG, LHR, MXP, BLQ, SUF, TRN and VCE. Airline has been rationalised, with only 25-30 aircraft to ensure its survival

Air Transat – from 23 July will slowly reintroduce flights between Canada and mainland Europe, including YYZ-LGW, MAN and GLA. Other resumptions include YYZ-ATH, OPO and FCO; YUL-ATH, BOD, LIS, LYS, NTE, MRS, CDG and TLS. Also resumed are YYZ and YUL-CCC, CUN, FLL, PUJ; YUL-PAP

Virgin Australia – increases domestic flights from early July. BNE-ADL, CBR and PER. Also SYD-PER. Still operating whilst buyer found

Qantas – cancel most international flights until late October. Will increase domestic flights by 15% within Australia during June and July. Also looking to establish travel bubble to NZ. Jetstar also looking to increase domestic flights

Ryanair – launching DUB-DUS and STN-DUS. Starting 1 July, will operate 26 new flights from DUS and STR; 4 new routes including DUS-BCN and STR-BCN. Former Lauda routes will continue to be operated by Lauda A320s until the end of summer

Emirates – restarted DXB-HKG M/W/Su using B777

Norwegian – from 1 July resuming LGW-OSL and CPH 6xweek, EDI-OSL and CPH twice weekly. Will also operate 76 routes across Europe from their Scandinavian hubs, including Spain and Greece

Level Europe - ceased trading 18 June. Short-haul based at VIE, IAG-owned but not to be confused with Level.

South African Airways – deadline passed for rescue plan. No significant action since announcement that a “new” SAA would be formed. Likely to dispose of A340-300s and 600s when flights completed


Information courtesy Business Traveller

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