Blue Air has announced the gradual reopening of scheduled flights in early July 2020, following a program aligned with the mobility regulations implemented at European level.
Until then, Blue Air will continue to operate on-demand and charter flights, according to the volume in demand and to travel regulations specific to each destination. These flights represent a central part of the company’s strategy to adjust to the new economic conditions generated by the mobility restrictions imposed by the pandemic.
Destinations covered by Blue Air On Demand flights
Blue Air currently operates on-demand flights to and from Ireland (Dublin) and charter flights to any destination, provided that customers obtain all travel approvals.
As restrictions are lifted, the covered destinations will be: Belgium (Brussels), Cyprus (Larnaca), Denmark (Copenhagen), Finland (Helsinki), France (Paris, Nice, Lyon), Germany (Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart), Ireland (Dublin), Israel (Tel Aviv), Italy (Rome, Florence, Milan, Turin, Naples), Great Britain (London, Liverpool), Norway (Oslo), Spain (Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Malaga) and Sweden (Stockholm).
In addition, with the lifting of restrictions in Italy and Cyprus, Blue Air will operate domestic flights in Italy (from Turin to and from Catania, Lamezia, Naples, Alghero, and Trapani) and Greece – Cyprus, on the routes Larnaca – Athens and Larnaca – Thessaloniki.
In terms of scheduled flights, Blue Air will resume operations with a limited frequency and number of routes, while gradually rebuilding the operational network.
Additional safety measures
Blue Air has implemented rigorous safety protocols on board its aircraft. As early as February, at a time when there was only one case of SARS-CoV-2 infection confirmed in our country, Blue Air started to disinfect its planes, being the first and the only airline in Romania whose aircraft were subjected to a daily nebulization process, which uses substances that sterilize the entire space in which they are distributed. This modern process of sterilization and disinfection will be maintained indefinitely.
Furthermore, the Blue Air aircraft are equipped with HEPA air filters that capture over 99.97% of the airborne microbes in the filtered air, while passengers are provided with masks, alcohol wipes and disinfectant gel. As a confirmation of the correctness and effectiveness of the measures implemented, no member of the Blue Air crew was infected with the new coronavirus, despite the fact that during the state of emergency, Blue Air operated numerous charter and repatriation flights, including in the countries of red zone.
Blue Air passengers are required to wear masks throughout the trip, disinfect their hands and avoid traveling in the cabin; a single hand luggage is allowed on board, measuring 55 x 40 x 20 cm and weighing a maximum of 10 kg. Crews will instruct passengers on sanitary safety measures and ensure their compliance.
The plan to return to normality and actions for recovery
During the period of complete suspension of scheduled flights, Blue Air took all steps to ensure the continuity of its activity in the new context of flight restrictions and limited demand, as well as to obtain the financial resources necessary for resuming activity and for strategic recovery. On April 23, 2020, the Government of Romania approved the start of procedures for granting a state aid in the form of a credit or a guarantee to cover the losses generated by the cessation of activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We, at Blue Air, are looking forward to resume flights as soon as restrictions are lifted and we obtain the financial resources needed to operate a predictable flight schedule. During this difficult period, we continued to fly on demand to make possible repatriations or work – related travel organized by our customers and approved by the authorities. We also operated cargo flights for the transport of masks, medical equipment, and food.
To get through this period, the Blue Air team has implemented a rigorous plan to adapt to the new economic conditions, including fleet optimization, technical unemployment for over 90% of our colleagues and reduced salaries for all our colleagues who remained active. This is our way of restating, in the context of this crisis, our strong commitment to our profession, to Romania and to our passengers.” says Oana Petrescu, CEO of Blue Air.
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