News | Published March 16 2020

More flights cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak

Travel restrictions due to coronavirus have resulted in staff redundancies and the cutting of flights across providers.

British Airways owner, IAG, have announced they have cancelled three quarters of flights in the coming months.

Boss of IAG, Willie Walsh, was expected to step down in April, however, he will now continue in post to oversee operations during the crisis.

Walsh said that: "We have seen a substantial decline in bookings across our airlines and global network over the past few weeks and we expect demand to remain weak until well into the summer.

"We are therefore making significant reductions to our flying schedules,"

EasyJet have announced that they may ground the majority of their planes in response to worldwide travel restrictions.

A spokesperson for the airline said: "These actions will continue on a rolling basis for the foreseeable future and could result in the grounding of the majority of the EasyJet fleet.”

Johan Ludgren, the chief executive for the airline said that "European aviation faces a precarious future and it is clear that co-ordinated government backing will be required to ensure the industry survives and is able to continue to operate when the crisis is over.”

Alex Cruz, the boss of British Airways, released a memo to staff entitled "The Survival of British Airways”. He referred to the outbreak of the virus as a "crisis of global proportions".

Chris Tarry, an aviation expert, said that "We are going to see shrinkage” as a result of the outbreak.

He continued: "We've seen airlines talk about voluntary redundancies then we move into the next stage of that, which is permanent reductions."

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Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
March 16 2020

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