Citing COVID-19, Italy Declares its Own Ports Unsafe for Rescuees

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April 9, 2020 The Italian government has declared its own ports unsafe for disembarking rescued seafarers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, effectively barring access to migrant rescue NGO vessels. Italy has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, which has overwhelmed the health care system in the Lombardy region and elsewhere. The nation had 140,000 […]

UK airlines to save millions as navigation charges deferred

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April 8, 2020 Airlines will be able to temporarily defer the payment of air navigation charges, saving them tens of millions of pounds, following action from the UK government. This measure should provide financial relief to airlines struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Airlines will be able to defer the payment of charges for […]

AA Provides another $2 Billion Relief Package to Aviation Industry

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April 8, 2020 Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) announced today a new round of relief package worth up to HK$2 billion, providing further support to airlines and aviation support services operators through helping to ease their liquidity pressure. The AA will offer to purchase around 500,000 air tickets in advance from the four home-based airlines. […]

Boeing Confirms 2 New Software Updates to 737 Max

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April 8, 2020 It was the biggest story in aviation before the pandemic, but the arduous process of getting the Boeing 737 Max back in the skies is still ongoing. Boeing Co said late on Tuesday it will make two new software updates to the 737 MAX’s flight control computer as it works to win […]

March Imports at US Container Ports Hit Five-Year Low

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April 8, 2020 Imports at major U.S. retail container ports dropped to their lowest level in five years in March, data from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates shows. The report indicates that imports are projected to remain significantly below normal levels through early summer as the coronavirus pandemic continues. “Even as factories in […]

VTT to Explore Use of Bio- and Waste-Based Oils for Ships, Power Plants

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April 8, 2020 In a three-year Business Finland BioFlex project, Finnish research services provider VTT and partners will assess how suitable fuel oils made from biomass and waste plastics are for ship diesel engines and power plants.  As explained, the aim is to determine “the most ecologically and economically sustainable way to replace fossil fuels”. The […]

Millions of aviation jobs at risk, airlines beg for govt support: IATA

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April 7, 2020 Global airlines said 25 million jobs across the world could be at risk from the coronavirus travel downturn, as the industry’s representative body launched a plea for urgent government support amid warnings that carriers are running out of cash. Global air travel slumped by 70% at the beginning of the second quarter, […]

Airlines cannot afford to refund cancelled tickets – IATA

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April 7, 2020 Global airlines cannot afford to refund cancelled flights because of the coronavirus crisis, said the head of the industry’s representative body IATA, and carriers are issuing vouchers instead as they conserve cash to survive. “The key element for us is to avoid running out of cash so refunding the cancelled ticket for […]

Philippines’ airlines extend flight cancellations to end-April

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April 7, 2020 Airlines in the Philippines on Tuesday announced an extension of domestic and foreign flight cancellations to end-April following a longer quarantine period on the country’s main island. Philippine Airlines and budget carriers Cebu Pacific and the local unit of Malaysia’s AirAsia Group Bhd said they aim to resume regular operations next month. […]

Lufthansa Considers Closing Down Germanwings

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April 7, 2020 Lufthansa will discuss permanently grounding its Germanwings low-cost airline unit at a management board meeting on Tuesday, two sources familiar with the matter said It remains unclear whether a decision will be reached about closing down Germanwings, the sources said. A Lufthansa spokesman said no decisions had been taken and reiterated that […]