Airlines the world over are seeing their wings clipped by travel bans, airspace closures, and low demand for travel.
European, Asian, and Middle Eastern continue to restrict air travel and make operating flights impossible for some airlines.
Most airlines are scheduled to resume operation in mid-April, with some not planning to take to the skies again until May or June.
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Airlines around the world are choosing to ground flights rather than fly empty aircraft as the COVID-19 crisis continues to affect the skies, with some airlines being bound by a government mandate to stay grounded.
Travel bans and airspace closures also have contributed to the temporary suspensions of over 50 airlines, ranging from global national carriers to small regional airlines. While demand for travel is already at a record low, airlines are struggling to find airports to land at with entire nations shutting down their borders in a desperate attempt to prevent an outbreak of the virus that has infected thousands and shown little regard for national boundaries.
With air travel the primary means of the virus’ spread, airlines are the first target of nations attempting to protect their citizenry.
European, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries primarily have seen their airlines temporarily shutdown, with some of the world’s largest airlines forced to cancel countless flights and leaving travelers rushing to get in the air before it’s too late. In the US, airlines have greatly reduced operations but many still operate as the country’s airspace remains open.
Take a look at which airlines won’t be gracing the world’s skies in the near future.
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Belgium’s Air Antwerp announced that it will be canceling all of its flights from March 22 until April 12.
The temporary suspension of operations, the airline stated, is due to measures taken by the Belgian government to restrict travel, especially as the European Union voted to close its external borders.
Air Arabia announced the suspension of its operations from March 25 as a United Arab Emirates government directive prohibits passenger flights from arriving in the country.
The Sharjah-based airline did not say when it plans to resume operations.
Kazakhstan’s Air Astana announced the suspension of operations until mid-April following a government state of emergency restricting flights in the country.
The mandate affects all Kazakhstan airlines but Air Astana will be operating limited non-scheduled repatriation flights for residents and citizens.
Air Baltic announced that it will suspend all operations as the government of Latvia, where the carrier is based, has decided to largely close its borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in its country. The carrier will cease operations from March 17 until April 15, including in Estonia and Lithuania where it has secondary bases.
Air India is temporarily ceasing operations as Indian airspace is closing on March 25, according to a government
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