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APRIL 2020

Week 14

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific


Daily Update

  • All inbound travellers at Hong Kong Airport will be tested for COVID-19 at a temporary specimen collection centre at the AsiaWorld-Expo in line with new Department of Health regulations. Read More »


Daily Update

  • The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand [CAAT] has extended its temporary ban on international passenger flights into and out of the country until 2359 local time on Saturday April 18, 2020. Read More »



IATA estimates US$39 billion loss for airlines in April-June quarter

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says the global airline industry is expected to collectively post a loss of US$39 billion in the three months to June 30, 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic cripples demand. Read More »



Thai government “to do its homework” before it announces THAI support package

Thai Airways International (THAI) has now suspended all flights in the Asia-Pacific and to Europe effective from April 1 to May 31 as the already struggling carrier joins the long list of Asia-Pacific airlines suffering from the catastrophic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Read More »



China’s “Big Three” carriers report 2019 results

Air China has warned the coronavirus pandemic that began in Hubei province in late 2019 will lead to losses in the short term. Read More »



Garuda Indonesia turns around performance with a 2019 profit report

Garuda Indonesia returned to profit in a period the flag carrier described as a challenging calendar 2019. Read More »



Taiwan requires flight crews to wear protective equipment

Taiwan announced this week airline crews must wear personal protective equipment similar to the garments and masks worn by medical professionals. Read More »



SIA Group CEO thanks passengers, explains capacity cut strategy

Singapore Airlines (SIA) group CEO, Goh Choon Phong, has thanked passengers for their support as the carrier group deals with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Read More »



Virgin Australia requests government assistance, Qantas says what about us?

Virgin Australia (VA) has written to the Australian government seeking financial support as part of a proposed broader package of assistance for the country's aviation sector and was awaiting a response at press time. Read More »



National government confirms loans for Air New Zealand

The New Zealand government has provided a standby loan facility to Air NZ of up to NZ$900 million (US$5.364 million). Read More »


Short Takes

Indonesia AirAsia grounded its entire fleet on April 1. Read More »