Dubai Civil Aviation Authority president and Emirates Group chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, via his official Twitter account, confirmed (03-Jun-2020) airports in the UAE will reopen for all connecting travellers. Sheikh Al Maktoum said Emirates and flydubai will announce the resumption of additional services and connections via Dubai "shortly".
The airline industry has undergone significant changes in the past years, with the exit of several “household names” from the market, and other carriers struggling for survival. These changes have dramatically affected consumers, and have altered the alliance ecosystem. This panel will consider:
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• Changes in carrier cooperation in a shifting competitive landscape.
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IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said (03-Jun-2020) there "will be at least two kinds of headwinds" to get people travelling by air again:
- Economic headwinds. The industry can be "reasonably confident in overcoming this hurdle" said Mr de Juniac. Governments have provided stimulus money to get the economy moving again and business confidence is improving. Individuals and companies that have survived without travel expenses for several months may re-assess their travel priorities, although balanced against this will be "many promotions and incentives to encourage travel";
- Confidence. This will be the bigger challenge said Mr de Juniac. According to him:
- Governments will need the confidence to re-open borders without imposing onerous quarantine measures. If governments impose quarantine measures, it is "equal to keeping their borders closed and industry grounded";
- Individual travellers will need the confidence that travel itself poses no great risks than other activities and that they won't face quarantine or disruption on arrival. [more - original PR]
Viva Air CFO Jason Bewley, via his personal LinkedIn account, stated (03-Jun-2020) Viva Air is "ready to absorb any and all capacity cuts on viable routes Avianca and LATAM abandon in Colombia and Peru, particularly on domestic routes and near field international". Mr Bewley added: "The people of Colombia and Peru will be far better off financially if we are allowed to finally democratise the sky completely".
Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority confirmed (03-Jun-2020) domestic operations will gradually resume from 21-Jun-2020, following the easing of the Nigerian Government's lockdown. Operations will initially cover Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Kano Mallam Aminu International Airport, Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Owerri Sam Mbakwe Airport and Port Harcourt International Airport, with other airports to be added gradually following review and assessment. Nigerian airports will remain closed to regular international services until further notice. [more - original PR]
IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac reported (03-Jun-2020) Apr-2020 was a "disaster for aviation as air travel almost entirely stopped" due to COVID-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions, but Apr-2020 "may also represent the nadir of the crisis". Mr de Juniac noted flights are increasing and countries are beginning to lift mobility restrictions, as well as business confidence is showing improvement in key markets such as China, Germany, and the US. [more - original PR]
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