Alitalia to operate 24% more flights in August, will resume Milan-New York service

Alitalia has made this announcement:

Alitalia will increase number of flights in August, when the Airline will operate a total of over 1,600 flights per week, 24% more than in July and more than double compared to those operated in June.

Alitalia aircraft will fly on 75 routes (24 more than July) and 52 airports (16 more than in the previous month), of which 20 in Italy and 32 abroad. Seats offered in August will return to exceed one million per month, with a growth by 29% compared to July. Despite the significant growth of operations compared to the previous two months, Alitalia will increase its activity in August at around 45% of what was planned before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Alitalia flight schedule will see in August, on the long-haul sector, the beginning of the Rome-Tokyo Haneda route (from August 17), the resume of the Milan Malpensa-New York service (from August 15) and the increase of flights between Rome and New York.

On the medium-haul international network, Alitalia will increase the number of destinations served in Spain, France and North Africa and will resume services to and from the Middle East, as well as increasing the number of flights to airports already served abroad; in addition, the Airline will launch many seasonal services to the Balearic Islands and to the Greek Islands (both from Rome and Milan). For the domestic sector, Alitalia will increase air services between Northern and Southern Italy.

Furthermore, beginning on July 24, Alitalia will resume operations to and from Milan Linate airport where the Airline will operate, in a first stage, only the PSO routes to and from Sardinia. Starting from August 1, the airline will operate to and from Milan Linate Airport the other domestic and international routes operated until July 31 to and from Milan Malpensa, in compliance with the limit at the number of hourly movements on the city airport of Milan, that was decided by Authorities in order to reduce the number of departing passengers and ensure social distancing inside the airport.

In detail, in August Alitalia will connect its hub in Rome Fiumicino airport to 51 domestic and international destinations with approximately 1,050 weekly flights. In addition to the services already operated, from the beginning of August the Airline will start flights from Rome Fiumicino to Malaga, Algiers, Cairo (6 flights per week for each airport) Marseille and Tel Aviv (10 flights per week for both airports), as well as new seasonal summer flights to Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Corfu, Kefalonia, Heraklion (Crete), Rhodes, Mykonos (4 flights per week with each of these airports) and Zakynthos (2 weekly flights). From August 17, Alitalia will inaugurate new service from Rome to Tokyo Haneda (6 flights per week).

Alitalia will also increase from August 1 the number of air services from Rome Fiumicino airport to New York (from 8 to 14 flights per week), Athens (from 2 to 4 daily flights), Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Geneva, Munich, Tunis (from 10 to 14 flights per week for each airport), Malta, Nice and Tirana (from 6 to 14 flights per week for each airport). Frequencies of flights will also be increased on domestic routes from Rome to Brindisi (from 2 to 4 daily flights) and Pantelleria (from 4 to 6 flights per week). With the reopening of Milan Linate airport, in August Alitalia will resume services from Rome to both Milan Linate (with 10 flights per day) and Malpensa (4 flights per day) airports.

Alitalia will serve a total of 24 destinations from Milan Linate and Malpensa airports with approximately 710 weekly flights.

From Milan Linate Airport, beginning on July 24, Alitalia will operate flights to Cagliari (16 per day), Olbia (10 per day), Alghero (6 per day).

Beginning from August1, Alitalia will operate to and from Milan Linate airport the domestic and international medium-haul flights operated until 31 July to and from Milan Malpensa airport, such as the routes to Bari, Brindisi, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Naples, Palermo, Pantelleria, Reggio Calabria, Rome Fiumicino and, abroad, Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Paris. Alitalia will also increase frequencies of many domestic services from Milan Linate to Catania (from 8 to 12 daily flights), Lamezia Terme and Brindisi (from 4 to 6 daily services for both airports), Naples (from 2 to 4 flights per day) and Lampedusa (from 2 to 4 weekly flights, summer seasonal service).

Furthermore, from the beginning of August, the Airline will activate new summer seasonal services from Milan Linate to Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Corfu, Heraklion (Crete) and Rhodes (4 flights per week with each of these airports). 

At Milan Malpensa airport, from August 1, Alitalia will continue to operate air services with Rome Fiumicino (4 flights per day) and, from August 15 the airline will resume direct flights to New York (6 flights per week).

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Central Mountain Air resumes flying to routes in Alberta and British Columbia

Central Mountain Air made this announcement:

Following the safe and successful July 7 relaunch of scheduled service to five British Columbian cities, Central Mountain Air (CMA) today announced the resumption of flights between three additional Alberta and British Columbia destinations: Fort Nelson (YYE), High Level (YOJ), and Edmonton (YEG). The new route schedule commences on September 14, 2020.

Modifications to Current Schedule

In response to customer demand, flights currently running between Fort St. John, Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George, and Terrace on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays will be changed to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays effective August 9, 2020.

Partnering with Communities on Safety

As CMA resumes and grows its schedule, customer safety remains our primary concern. “We have worked closely with each of the communities we serve to ensure their health indicators and demand support scheduled service,” said Cummings. “We know how much these communities rely on our connectivity and are proud to partner with them on this schedule.”

Air Canada partners with Cleveland Clinic Canada

Air Canada has announced that Cleveland Clinic, a global healthcare leader, will provide medical advisory services as the airline further develops biosafety measures across its operations. Air Canada will have access to the local expertise of Cleveland Clinic Canada as well as clinical expertise from Cleveland Clinic’s worldwide enterprise system.

“As airline travel adapts to a new normal, we are taking another leadership role via our partnership with renowned Cleveland Clinic which enables Air Canada to leverage the strategic insight, advice, resources and recommendations of the world’s leading medical community to further develop protocols, guidelines and standards validated with science-based evidence in our ongoing COVID-19 response. We are committed in our ongoing strategy of continually developing multiple layers of measures for our customers and employees alike,” said Samuel Elfassy, Vice President, Safety at Air Canada.

Air Canada has been at the forefront of the airline industry in responding to COVID-19, including being among the first carriers globally to require face coverings onboard and the first airline in the Americas to take customers’ temperatures prior to boarding. In May it introduced a comprehensive program, Air Canada CleanCare+, to apply industry leading biosafety measures at each stage of the journey.

The Clinic’s Medical Director Program was initiated in Canada for domestic and global companies and is supported by management and clinical experts across the enterprise to provide strategic guidance on health and safety matters for customer safety.  As the Medical Advisor to Air Canada, Cleveland Clinic will provide access to leading expertise including guidance on:

  • Infectious exposure and toxicology
  • Pandemic and infrastructure response planning and prevention
  • Medical contingency plans and process development
  • Crisis and organizational risk management

“As the public begins to adjust to a world that’s been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, health and safety is of the utmost importance,” said Michael Kessel, Cleveland Clinic Canada, CEO and President. “It is an honour to use our 99 years of clinical expertise to support Canadian organizations in a way that helps protect our communities.”

Air Canada’s partnership with Cleveland Clinic Canada is the latest of several medical collaborations it has undertaken in advancing biosafety across its business.

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RavnAir Alaska and PenAir are sold to FLOAT Shuttle of Los Angeles

Ravn Air Group has made this updated announcement:

Approval for the sale of all 12 lots of Ravn Air Group assets was granted today at the final Bankruptcy Court hearing – including, in a last minute turn of events, Ravn Air Group’s two Anchorage- based Part 121 passenger air carriers (“RavnAir Alaska” and “PenAir”) which were sold as a “going concern” along with many of the assets of these two companies. The successful bidder of RavnAir Alaska and PenAir was FLOAT Shuttle, a Los Angeles–based air commuter service.

FLy Over All Traffic (FLOAT). FLOAT is an air shuttle service to beat traffic in the Greater Los Angeles area. The current service is operated by Southern Airways Express.

FLOAT Shuttle has suspended operations:

“Due to federal, state, county, and local mandates to “stay-at–home” and eliminate non-essential travel, FLOAT has paused flight operations.”

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JetBlue to move Long Beach operations to Los Angeles (LAX)

JetBlue Airways today announced it will make Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) its primary base of operations in greater Los Angeles, advancing its focus city strategy and building relevance for the airline in one of the busiest markets in the world.

To enable the shift, the airline will move service currently operated at Long Beach Airport (LGB) to LAX, along with its Long Beach crew and maintenance bases, beginning in October.

The move consolidates JetBlue’s popular transcon and West Coast service into LAX, initially operating more than 30 daily flights with service between LAX and 13 destinations including four Mint routes – New York-JFK, Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and new Mint service to Newark launching July 23. JetBlue flights at LAX will continue to operate from Terminal 5. New LAX markets will be available for purchase tomorrow, July 10.

With support from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), JetBlue plans to embark on a strategic expansion over the next five years with plans to reach roughly 70 flights per day by 2025. This will include multiple new markets, both domestic and international, some of which have never had nonstop service to and from LAX.

“Since it first touched down at LAX in 2009, JetBlue has continued to invest in and expand its presence at our airport, and we are excited that the airline has chosen to grow its LAX operation beginning in October,” said Justin Erbacci, CEO, LAWA. “With seven new routes and more than 30 daily flights, JetBlue will be an important part of LAX’s comeback from historic lows in passenger traffic, and our guests now will have even more choices.”

LAX is the busiest origin and destination (O&D) market in the world, meaning more people start or end their journey at LAX – versus connect through – than any other airport. Its 24/7 operations and customs and immigration facilities also allow JetBlue more flexibility in future flight and destination scheduling.

Effective October 7, 2020, JetBlue will operate nonstop service between LAX and seven new markets:

  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
  • Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) [seasonal]
  • Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  • Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

New markets will complement existing nonstop service between LAX and:

  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) *MINT*
  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) *MINT*
  • New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) *MINT*
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) *MINT* [Launching July 23]
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)

JetBlue’s final day of operations in Long Beach will be October 6. Service to Portland International Airport (PDX) will not transition to LAX. JetBlue will continue to serve Portland, Ore. from New York-JFK, Boston and, starting in October, Fort Lauderdale.

All LAX, non-Mint routes will be operated using JetBlue’s Airbus A320 or all-Core A321 aircraft offering the airline’s award-winning service featuring the most legroom in coach (a); free Fly-Fi, the fastest broadband internet in the sky (b); complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks; free, live DIRECTV® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXM® radio at every seat.

JetBlue began serving LAX in 2009 and launched its highly acclaimed Mint service in 2014. Currently, more than 150 JetBlue crewmembers are based at LAX. That number will grow substantially to nearly 700 with the added flights announced today and with the move of crew and maintenance bases from Long Beach to LAX.

Elsewhere in greater Los Angeles, JetBlue will continue to serve Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and Ontario International Airport (ONT), which are key to the airline’s broader LA strategy. JetBlue is appreciative of the support received from airport leadership and elected officials in both Burbank and Ontario.

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Allegiant comments on June traffic and trends as it reduces daily cash burn

Allegiant Travel Company today reported preliminary passenger traffic results for June 2020 as well as second quarter 2020.

“We continued to see modest demand improvements throughout the month of June, building upon May’s demand increases,” stated Gregory Anderson, executive vice president, chief financial officer and principal accounting officer of Allegiant Travel Company. “Gross bookings for the month of June averaged more than $4 million per day, bringing the average daily gross bookings for the second quarter to over $2.5 million. June’s bookings exceeded our expectations, thus the average daily cash burn for the second quarter was $900 thousand, down from our previous forecast of $1.75 million.

However, within the last two weeks, several states have reported increases in the number of people with the virus, which has negatively impacted bookings and tempered expectations into the third quarter. Therefore, utilizing the average daily bookings from the second quarter of $2.5 million, we now expect daily cash burn will be approximately $750 thousand during the third quarter.

We recognize the situation is fluid, and that demand could be impacted by additional shutdowns and required quarantines in our markets. As a result, we remain focused on finding ways to eliminate costs and preserve cash. We continue to keep our finger on the pulse and will leverage the flexibility of our model to pull back capacity to match demand levels in the coming months.”

“During the month of June we operated 70 percent of our schedule while increasing load factor by nearly 10 points from May to 57.3 percent,” stated Drew Wells, vice president of revenue. “Capacity was down 17.5 percent for the month of June as compared with 2019, but peak day available seat miles actually grew 3.5 percent from prior year. Allegiant travelers represented roughly 6 percent of all travelers going through a TSA checkpoint in the month, and that trend continued into the Fourth of July weekend. We expect to operate roughly 75 percent of our schedule into the third quarter but will make any necessary adjustments as dictated by demand trends.”

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Level France reportedly to wind down operations

Following the previous announcement of Level Europe (Vienna), Level France (formerly OpenSkies) is reportedly planning to wind down operations from Paris (Orly) and retire the brand and the company according to El Pais.

Consultations with the unions on how the company will close its doors will proceed later this month.

Level (France) has not yet made any formal announcement.

Level flies directly between Paris (Orly) and Newark, Montreal, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe and Fort-de-France, Martinique.


Finland now welcomes travellers from several countries; Finnair serves over 30 destinations in July

Finnair has made this announcement:

As of July 13, 2020, Finland will open its borders for all travel from e.g. Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Slovakia and Switzerland, and allows work-related travel from China, Japan and Thailand as of July 13, 2020. Travellers from these countries can thus enter Finland without quarantine requirements. Finland opened its borders already in June for travel from Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Norway.

In line with opening borders, Finnair is increasing its traffic in July, flying 70-80 one-way flights a day to domestic, European and Asian destinations. In July, Finnair serves some 30 destinations in Europe, and flies to Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong in Asia. The number of destinations and frequencies will increase towards the autumn.

Finnair has the capability to increase flights rapidly, when travel restrictions are removed and demand recovers.

In July-August Finnair serves the following destinations:

Destinations in Finland 

  • Kuopio
  • Mariehamn
  • Oulu
  • Rovaniemi
  • Turku
  • Vaasa
  • Ivalo (from August)
  • Kittilä (from August)

Destinations in Europe 

  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
  • Brussels
  • Budapest
  • Copenhagen
  • Düsseldorf
  • Frankfurt
  • Geneva
  • Gothenburg
  • Hamburg
  • London
  • Málaga
  • Manchester
  • Munich
  • Oslo
  • Paris
  • Prague
  • Riga
  • Stockholm
  • Tallinn
  • Vienna
  • Vilnius
  • Zurich

In August, Finnair will open more routes to Alanya, Antalya, Bergen, Crete (Chania and Heraklion), Dublin, Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, Milan, Palma, Rhodes, Rome, Split, Saint Petersburg and Warsaw.

Destinations in Asia 

  • Hong Kong
  • Seoul
  • Tokyo (Narita)

The Shanghai route is still subject to government approvals.

Changes in destinations are possible based on possible travel restrictions.

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United warns it may be forced to lay off 36,000 employees

United Airlines is warning it could be forced to furlough about a third of its U.S. employees (36,000 employees). The cuts could come on October 1.

The cuts will impact pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and technicians.

The warning is coming as demand for air travel is stalling due to the continued rise in new COVID-19 cases the United States and new travel restrictions for self quarantine.

The airline has warned its employees that “it’s increasingly likely that travel demand will not return to normal until there is a widely available treatment or vaccine.”

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Austrian Airlines increases schedule to 40 percent until the end of October

Austrian Airlines has published the remaining summer flight schedule 2020, which will run until the end of October. By then, Austria’s home carrier will double its offer from the current 20 percent to almost 40 percent compared to the previous year’s schedule, subject to new official restrictions. Starting in August, Austrian Airlines will be flying to Shanghai again – initially once a week. From September onwards, further routes will be added to the flight schedule, which will initially be operated up to once a day. This concerns Chişinău, Dnipro, Iaşi, Klagenfurt, Leipzig, Lviv, Lyon, Nuremberg, Odessa and Yerevan.

In addition to resuming flights, Austrian Airlines is increasing capacity on almost all existing routes from September onwards. This means more flights and larger aircraft. For example, Amsterdam, Brussels, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Paris are on the program from September with up to three daily flights. Athens will be connected up to twice daily instead of once. Due to the constant ramp-up of operations, the offer will increase to over 30 percent in September. By the end of October, almost 40 percent of previous year’s program and over 60 destinations are back in the flight schedule.

“Now that we have published our entire remaining summer flight schedule, we are offering our customers more planning security”, says Austrian Airlines CCO Andreas Otto. “The demand so far makes us confident that we are on the right track with the ramp-up of flight operations.”

Passengers whose flights were cancelled and who do not want to make use of the rebooking options can apply for a refund using the online form on the Austrian Airlines website. Passengers who wish to take their flight at a later date have various rebooking options and can start their rebooked journey up until the end of 2021.

Passengers whose scheduled flights do not take place in the next seven days are requested to refrain from contacting the service hotline in the coming days. This will give the service staff the opportunity to take care of those customers who should depart promptly first.

On the Austrian Airlines website, passengers will find up-to-date information on travel in times of corona, flight schedules, mask requirement, entry or rebooking regulations. The information is updated on an ongoing basis.

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