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Some airlines have completely suspended service during coronavirus pandemic

May 25, 2020
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Some airlines have completely suspended service during coronavirus pandemic
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The airline industry has been on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic, which has left carriers across the globe scrambling as demand for travel has plummeted. One of the latest updates come in the UK, where Virgin Atlantic has pushed back resuming flights until at least August after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that all international visitors would be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

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Another move underscoring the colossal shift underway comes in Europe, where the continent’s two largest low-cost carriers – Ryanair and EasyJet – suspended all operations. Ryanair has since announced its plans to resume 40% of its flights starting on July 1, 2020 and EasyJet will resume a small number of flights between the UK and France on June 15, 2020, along with Geneva, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal and Barcelona, reports The Guardian.

In the U.S., the big three carriers of American, Delta and United have all slashed their schedules as passenger traffic has dried up. This has also led to the early retirement of American Airlines Boeing 767s and 757s and Delta Airlines 777s. The carriers also have cut domestic flights, as have other airlines, including Southwest, Alaska and JetBlue.

Related reading: When will international travel return? A country-by-country guide to coronavirus recovery

Across the globe, a number of airlines have made even more drastic changes. In Colombia, Avianca has entered bankruptcy and all flights are grounded.

A number of other operators — both in Europe and elsewhere — have move to either completely or mostly suspend their entire operation as they wait for the pandemic to ease. The fallout has even spread to Africa, where Rwanda’s RwandAir has joined the list of carriers suspending their entire operation.

More: Some airlines cut back on in-flight service to combat coronavirus. Will those changes stick?

Here's a look at some other major carriers that are suspending all or most of their operations during the pandemic. This post shows a limited selection of carriers and is not meant to be comprehensive. It may be updated with other airlines and information as news develops.

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Air Baltic will continue to decrease its capacity until Oct. 31.

Air France has reduced its network by up to 95%, including a permanent grounding of its Airbus A380 fleet.

Avianca has entered bankruptcy and will remain grounded.

Austrian Airlines will temporarily suspend all operations until June 14.

Cathay Pacific is currently operating at 3% capacity with hopes of increasing it to 5% in June.

Copa has suspended all flights through June 26.

KLM reduced its network by up to 90%, including retiring its Boeing 747 fleet.

IN THE U.S.: American Airlines retires its Boeing 767s and 757s and Delta Airlines has retired its 777s.

La Compagnie has suspended all flights until at least June 15.

LOT Polish Airlines has suspended all international flights, on order of the Polish government, through June 14.

Lufthansa is paring down its network, but will continue serving select destinations in the U.S. and other countries.

Norwegian has cut 95% of its network, including all long-haul fights, and will temporarily lay off 7,300 of its employees. The airline doesn't expect to resume its European short-haul and long-haul operations until April 2021 at the earliest.

Qantas is suspending all international flights, except between Australia and New Zealand through at least the end of July, and reduce frequencies on its domestic network.

Royal Air Maroc suspended all flights until further notice.

RwandAir has suspended all passenger flights until further notice. However, it has begun operating cargo flights.

Singapore Airlines cut 96% of its network capacity through at least the end of April, but has not announced a date for the resumption of normal services.

South African Airways has suspended all international flights through the end of May.

Turkish has suspended all domestic flights until June 4 and all international flights until June 10.

Virgin Atlantic has suspended service until at least August after the UK's decision to implement a 14-day quarantine for all arriving passengers.

Virgin Australia is cutting all international flying through at least June 14 and significantly reducing its domestic network.

Additional reporting by Liz Hund

Related reading: Should I travel? Advice for the coronavirus outbreak

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