As airlines and other transport operators re-start methods of transport around the world on a controlled basis, here we have some updates on who is doing what including new schedules, policies for change, and newly introduced safety measures.
Alitalia – Due to a current terminal consolidation program at London Heathrow Airport, Alitalia will be operating all flights to and from Heathrow Terminal 2 with immediate effect. Alitalia aims to announce when they can return to regular operations at Terminal 4 shortly.
American Airlines – The airline will be distributing face masks as well as sanitizing wipes and gels to passengers throughout early May. The carrier is also planning to recommence its Chicago to Heathrow route with five flights a week starting on the 7th of June. Schedules for Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Raleigh Durham flights are due to begin on the 07th of July.
Air New Zealand – As of last week, the carrier operated a limited domestic schedule to enable essential travel only as well as keeping air freight moving.
British Airways – The carrier has extended its 'Book with Confidence' policy to enable customers to have greater flexibility and choice. For all bookings made on or before 31st March 2020 for travel completed by 31st July 2020, BA is allowing changes to new flights with no change fee. Also, tickets can be exchanged for credit worth the full value of the original ticket.
Bulgaria Air – The national carrier of Bulgaria has announced it will resume flights from Sofia to London as of the 1st May, which was previously suspended due to Covid-19.
Delta Airlines – Due to new safety measures, Delta will require passengers to wear face masks on board flights in the coming weeks. Such face coverings will also be required in check-in areas, lounges, boarding gate areas and jet bridges.
Eurostar – The international railway company has announced the mandatory usage of face makes for all passengers from the 4th of May. Eurostar are applying these measures at stations and trying to curb the spread of Covid-19. Currently, Eurostar trains continue crossing the English Channel but are less frequent due to restrictions on movement.
Iberia – As of the end of April, Iberia carried more than 30 special flights to 20 different countries, bringing home more than 8,000 people back to their loved ones. Also, the airline has transported tons of medical material for hospitals all over Spain.
Lufthansa – The flag carrier of Germany has extended its repatriation flight schedule through to the 31st of May. Furthermore, as of the 18th May Lufthansa will operate flights from Frankfurt to Athens, Porto, and Gothenburg while its domestic flights from Munich will be doubled. From the 4th of May, the airline has requested that passengers wear mouth and nose coverings such as face masks throughout their journeys. This mandatory obligation will be in effect until the 31st of Aug.
Ryanair – The low-cost carrier will continue offering flights from Dublin to 18 European destinations including Stansted, Gatwick, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester, and many more. The airline has also enhanced its cleaning procedures with the airline disinfecting planes daily. Social distance measures onboard flights are being facilitated by lowering aircraft load factors.
United Airlines – Are another U.S carrier who is making face mask coverings mandatory for all travellers which was put in to effect as of the 04th May.
Wizz Air – At Luton, the Hungarian carrier plans to restart flights to Budapest. The airline has also introduced safety measures to ensure safe social distancing during the boarding process and has enhanced its cleaning procedures, with aircraft being disinfected overnight. Customers are being encouraged to check-in and book bags in advance to reduce non-essential contact with other passengers.
Please note these updates continue to change daily, therefore, please always check with your consultant at Good Travel Management for the most up to date information.