COVID-19 | Air Transportation Updates

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Air Transportation Updates

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April 9, 2020

Lufthansa: Cancelling freighter to Johannesburg and Nairobi. 

American Airlines: Will be adding more cargo-only flights to network, DFW to Frankfurt, DFW to Dublin, DFW to Hong Kong, JFK to London.

April 6, 2020

Qatar: Now offering Freighter service 2x per week to Australia, MEL and PER. 

American Airlines: Confirming daily flight operating from DFW to London, 3x per week DFW to Tokyo. 

Delta: Suspending service between ATL and London, as well as JFK-London.  Final flight scheduled to depart London on April 6. 

April 3, 2020

Air Canada: Now offering cargo-only capacity from Toronto to Shanghai. 

Singapore Airlines: Now offering limited lower deck capacity for cargo, connecting SIN with various locations:  Americas (LAX), AUSNZ (SYD, MEL, PER), Intra Asia (ICN, NRT, BJS, PVG, TPE, HKG), and Southeast Asia (KUL, HAN, SGN, JKT, MNL, BKK) 

Lufthansa: Increasing service to HKG by 1 flight per week. 

April 2, 2020

United Airlines: Now offering service direct cargo-only to Shanghai from Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Cargolux: Has removed for time being following destinations from their flight schedule: ABJ/ACC/ASB/BKO/BQN/BZV/CAI/DLA/FBM/FIH/JNB/LOS/NBO/NDJ/OUA/PHC/SCL/UIO (South Africa/Africa and Latam destinations).

April 1, 2020

Australia / New Zealand: Airlines canceling allocations and bookings into AUSNZ due to severe freight backlog. Other airlines have canceled all PAX service.

March 31, 2020

American Airlines: AA is now opening up more cargo-only routes.  Newest service DFW to FRA will start operating this week. This is in addition to current service from DFW to London, MIA to London, and DFW to Tokyo. 

TAP Portugal: Suspending all North America operations effective April 1 through May 4. 

Qatar Airways: Qatar will resume scheduled bellyhold cargo operations to China with the utilization of its passenger aircraft to six cities:  Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing and Hangzhou. 

March 27, 2020

Iceland Air: All passenger flights cancelled until further notice.

South African Airways: Cancelled all passenger flights ex-US until May 31.

Cathay Pacific: All flights to India are cancelled due to India's government restrictions.

LATAM Airlines: Cancelling ORD to VCP freighter.

AeroMexico: Suspending freighter operations until further notice.

March 26, 2020

South Africa: 21-day lockdown in effect, for aviation: All international and domestic flights are prohibited, irrespective of the risk category of the country of origin.  
Only essential air cargo will be allowed. However, cargo from a high risk country must be sanitized.

March 25, 2020

New Zealand: Transportation and ancillary services such as customs and other border agencies remain operational. There may be delays due to reduced vehicle capacity and the priority to move food and medicinal goods.

India: Airports are operating with limited resources for flight and loading and offloading at the terminal. Cargo movement in and out from terminal is only permitted for essential cargo as stipulated.

March 23, 2020

Cathay Pacific: Will reduce passenger capacity by 96%.  Cathay Pacific will operate three flights per week to 12 destinations: London (Heathrow), Los Angeles, Vancouver, Tokyo (Narita), Taipei, New Delhi, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore and Sydney.  Cathay Dragon will operate three flights per week to 3 destinations: Beijing, Shanghai (Pudong), and Kuala Lumpur. 

Qatar Airways: Announced that cargo capacity commitments, block space agreements, and allocations can no longer be guaranteed. 

Turkish Airlines: Suspension of 80% of passenger flights, freighters will continue.

March 20, 2020

Delta Airlines: Reducing or suspending flights to most South American destinations including the following:  Chile, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia.

LATAM Airlines: Due to government restrictions in place, LATAM airlines is cutting passenger service to the following:  Columbia, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador. Freighters will still operate.  

Qatar Airways: Major reductions to passenger fleet globally into and out of Doha. 

Saudi Cargo: All passenger flights from LAX, IAD, and JFK will be suspended for the next 15 days.  Freighters still operating. 

Air Canada: Accepting only priority bookings.  Announcing various suspended flights from Canada hubs to Denmark, UAE, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Greece, Israel.

India: The country of India has announced travel restrictions preventing passenger planes from disembarking on India soil.  This will affect all passenger airline services into the country.  Cargo freighters are still operating at this time. 

March 18, 2020

Air France: Currently all passenger flights Trans-Atlantic are suspended or will be suspended through April 11.  Any freighter operations are still operation as normal. 

American Airlines: All Passenger flights Transatlantic to and from EU are suspended expected to resume May 7.  In addition, flights to South America are being reduced / suspended, especially to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia. 

Delta: Currently all passenger flights Trans-Atlantic are suspended or will be suspended through April 11.  In addition, flights to South America are being reduced / suspended, especially to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia. 

Cargolux: Freighter service still operating at normal schedules.  

Lufthansa: Currently all passenger flights Trans-Atlantic are suspended or will be suspended through April.  Any freighter operations are still operating as normal. 

March 13, 2020

Delta: Has suspended all flights to and from Mumbai out of JFK, effective March 15.

American Airlines: All flights from DFW to PEK and PVG is suspended through Oct 23. Service will resume on Oct 24. All flights from DFW to HKG will be suspended through Jul 1. From Jul 2 onwards, flights will resume through Oct 23. 

All flights from LAX to PEK/PVG/HKG is suspended through Oct 23. 

March 12, 2020

Delta: All US flights to China discontinued through May 31.

March 11, 2020

United States: Suspending all travel from Europe for 30 days, effective 3/13 (does not apply to the UK).

Brussels Airlines: Suspending all remaining flights to and from Italy between March 12 and April 3.

March 10, 2020

Spain cancels all flights to/from Italy in response to COVID-19.

British Airways: Has canceled all flights to and from Italy until the conclusion of the government-issued lockdown.

Air France: Canceling all flights to/from Italy from March 13 through April 3.

March 9, 2020

Delta: New York-JFK-Milan:  Suspended effective March 5 through April 30, New York-JFK-Venice:  Seasonal service postponed to May 2, Detroit-Rome: Reduced to three times weekly effective April 1 through April 30, Atlanta-Rome:  Five times weekly service reduced to four times weekly, effective March 8 through March 22.  Daily service reduced to four times weekly effective, April 1 through April 30.  Reduced to seven times weekly effective, May 1 through May 20 

March 6, 2020

Delta: Will reduce its weekly flying schedule to Japan through April 30 and suspend summer seasonal service between Seattle and Osaka for 2020.

March 4, 2020

American Airlines: Suspending operations to and from Seoul, South Korea (ICN), and Dallas Fort-Worth (DFW), effective March 4, 2020. Flights to Seoul are scheduled to resume April 25. 

March 3, 2020

Lufthansa: Decided to continue to extend the suspension of passenger flights from and to Mainland China until 24 April 2020.  Additionally, flights between Munich and Hong Kong will be suspended and flights between Munich and Seoul will see reduced frequencies between 5 March and 24 April 2020. Lufthansa Cargo plans to maintain connections to and from Mainland China with cargo aircraft.

Swiss Cargo: Flights between Zurich and Shanghai and Beijing will be suspended until 24 April. From 4 March to 30 May the frequency of flights to Hong Kong will be reduced to 5/7 days. 

March 2, 2020

British Airways: Canceled flights from London to United States between 16-28 March.

Delta: Temporarily suspended daily flight between New York - John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP). JFK to MXP - last departing flight on Monday, March 2, MXP to JFK - last departing flight on Tuesday, March 3. Service to and from Milan will resume May 1 and 2, respectively.

February 28, 2020

US Air: Canceled flights to Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore and Seoul because of COVID-19; its China flights remain suspended through 30 April.

February 25, 2020

Cathay: Starting to accept more general cargo bookings for freighter network. However, many Passenger flights in March remain cancelled due to low passenger demand.

February 21, 2020

No additional updates to report at this time.

February 13, 2020

ANA: Announcing flights are now re-opening for booking for China Points, although still expecting backlogs. Accepting bookings to PVG, TAO, TSN, DLC, HKG, CAN. Wuhan, Chengdu, Shenyang still suspended. 

United: Extending suspension of flights from Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong, Shanghai until April 24. 

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon: Will continue to progressively reduce the frequency of passenger flights ex JFK to Hong Kong until the end of March 2020. 

Air Canada: Extending the suspension of its flights between Canada and Beijing and Shanghai until March 27, 2020. Additionally, from March 1-27, 2020, Air Canada will temporarily suspend its daily non-stop Toronto-Hong Kong flights, reflecting reduced market demand.  Daily, non-stop Vancouver-Hong Kong flights will continue. 

February 12, 2020

American Airlines: All flights to and from mainland China and Hongkong from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX) hubs have been suspended.

• Flights between DFW/LAX and mainland China are suspended through April 24.

• Flights between DFW and Hong Kong (HKG) are suspended through April 23.

• Flights between LAX and HKG are suspended through April 24.

February 10, 2020

Air France / KLM:  All flights to/from Shanghai (PVG) and Beijing (PEK) have been suspended up to and including 15 March 2020.  As from 16 March 2020, AF (together with KLM) will gradually resume operations to/from Shanghai and Beijing, alternating one daily flight to each destination.

February 8, 2020

China Airlines:  Beginning 10-FEB-2020, passenger flights from Taiwan will only be on routes to/from to PEK, PVG, XMN and HKG.  Freighter service to SZX, CAN, XMN, PVG are still scheduled.  

February 7, 2020

ANA: partially suspend, decrease or change aircraft type on China routes out of and into Japan.

UPS: continues to operate but bookings may be delayed due to supply and demand.

February 5, 2020

American Airlines:  Suspending flights from LAX and DFW to Hong Kong

United Airlines:  Suspending flights into and out of Hong Kong

February 3, 2020

Qatar Airways:  Suspending all passenger flights to mainland China until further notice.  Freighters are still operating as normal.

Korean Airlines:  Flights to WUH, KMG & TAO will be cancelled until 23FEB due to the coronavirus. 

UPS:  UPS Air Cargo is suspending bookings destined for China due to the variability of our flight schedules caused by the Coronavirus.

January 31, 2020

Delta:  All flights to and from China suspended from Feb 6 through April 30.  The last China-bound flight departing the U.S. will leave on Monday, Feb. 3 with the last return flight back to the U.S. departing China on Feb. 5.

China Airlines:  Announcing Flight cancellations from USA to TPE hub through end of February.

Virgin:  Suspending London to Shanghai through April 30.  Hong Kong still operating.

American Airlines:  American is suspending all operations to and from the Chinese mainland beginning today through March 27.

January 23, 2020

Air France:

  • Effective 23 January, suspended direct flight to/from Wuhan (WUH) due to closure of the airport;
  • Effective 31 January, to suspend direct flights to/from Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG).


  • Effective 30 January, suspended direct flights to/from Chengdu (CTU) and Hangzhou (HGH);
  • Effective 30 January, reduced the number of weekly flights to/from Shanghai (PVG) from 11 to 7;
  • Effective 31 January, to suspend direct flights to/from Xiamen (XMN).
  • From 2 until 9 February, to suspend all direct flights to/from China (CTU, HGH, XMN, PVG and PEK).

Polar:  Extensive cancellations from US to AP destinations Inchon, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Narita, Ningbo.  Cancellations in effect until approximately Feb 20.  At this time, Polar is not accepting any booking.  This is a combination of CNY backlog and Coronavirus concerns.