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Following last week’s aviation activity update by ourselves here at Good Travel Management, we are providing you with a second roundup of airline plans and activity, whether it is to prepare for life after the lockdown, or their current plans based on operating a limited capacity and/or reduced service. Here are some of the latest updates:              

Air Asia are to resume flights in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, India and Indonesia subject to approval from authorities. Flights in Malaysia will commence on the 29th April, flights in Thailand and the Philippines will start on the 1st May, whereas flights in India will begin on the 4th May, lastly Indonesia will be the 07th May. Further routes and schedules will be announced in the coming weeks.

British Airways continues to be patient on when it plans to relaunch its full commercial operations. However, the airline says flight schedules are being monitored.

Delta Airlines has introduced pre-packed snack bags on domestic services as part of measures aimed at decreasing onboard touchpoints during the pandemic. Customers continue to be able to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages onboard and those travelling on long-haul international flights will receive streamlined food and beverage services.

EasyJet are in regular contact with regulators with regard to when it can start full commercial operations. In the meantime, the carriers entire fleet is being maintained in order to give EasyJet the ability to restart at around 14 days’ notice.

Qantas airlines have confirmed their current aircraft contains high air quality with HEPA (High efficiency particulate air) filters installed in its filtration systems. This means the safety of the airlines aircraft is extremely high. The HEPA filters 99.99% of dust particles and airborne contaminates such as viruses and bacteria.

Ryanair will continue to operate on a limited schedule through to the end of April. The carrier is working with EU governments to keep a number of these scheduled flights in operation for emergency reasons.

Stansted Airport used their downtime to improve and refurb its airports runway. The current reduction in flight movements has allowed the airport to close its runway temporarily. In turn, the airport has been able to install 3,600 energy efficient upgraded airfield lights which will create a reduction in power output by 70%.

Singapore Airlines will continue flights to 15 destinations in May including London, Frankfurt, Zurch, Los Angles, Sydney, Tokyo, Bangkok, Hanoi, Shanghai, Seoul , Chongqing, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and more. The airline will update further schedules following new government guidelines.  

United Airlines will continue to focus on safety whilst promoting social distancing. By the end of April up until the end of May, the carrier expects to implement temporary changes on their seating polices for continued flights. The new changes include restrictions on advance seating including middle seats and alternating window and aisle seats when seats are pairs. In addition to boarding fewer passengers at a time  

Several Airlines including British Airways, EVA Air, Icelandair, LATAM, Lufthansa Group, and Singapore Airlines have introduced updated rebooking options for when clients are ready to rebook after June. Please speak to our consultants for more information.  

Please note the updates continue to change on a daily basis, therefore, please always check with your consultant at Good Travel Management for the most up to date information.

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Lauren is an Operations Manager within our head office in Hessle and has worked within the Travel Industry for 9 years. Lauren`s extensive knowledge and experience is passed down to her team ensuring first class service is provided to new and existing clients.
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