Swedish-Danish airline SAS announced on Wednesday wearing a face mask would be compulsory on all its flights through to the end of August to reduce the risk of coronavirus contagion, news wires reported. Wearing a mask that covered mouth and nose will be compulsory for all passengers aged six and up from 18 May on.
Looking to restart domestic and international flights after a suspension due to coronavirus, Turkish Airlines has drafted a flight plan for June, July, and August, sources told Anadolu Agency on 6 May.
Europe's biggest airline group Lufthansa said it was close to a deal with the German government on state aid to ease the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The group, which warns it is bleeding cash and might have to declare insolvency, had appeared to be stalled in its bid for up to €10 billion ($11 billion) in aid, according to a report in the weekly Der Spiegel.
Eurostar passengers on cross-Channel trains between London, Paris and Brussels will be required to wear face masks from next week. as part of measures to cut close-contact transmission of the novel coronavirus, the company said on Saturday.
Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair said on Friday it planned to axe 3,000 pilot and cabin crew jobs, or 15 percent of staff, with air transport paralysed by coronavirus. Dublin-based Ryanair added in a statement that most of its flights would remain grounded until at least July and predicted it would take until summer 2022 at the earliest before passenger demand recovers.
The Spanish government is considering granting soft loans to flagship airline Iberia, a unit of London-listed International Consolidated Airlines Group, newspaper El Pais reported on Tuesday. The government is not considering taking a stake in the airline for now, the newspaper said.