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"Slow resumption in domestic travel demand - this is the common message being reported by a number of carriers that we are following globally. This is encouraging news. It's safe to say that the V shaped recovery expectation has been shelved, but as expected, a slower and positive trajectory in domestic demand is being recorded. We are seeing regional demand trends pickup also, again its a fragile recovery so we will be watching this space closely.

- dre aviation"

In today's update we are covering the following topics:

  • Australia: Bain Capital's $3.5bn buyout of Virgin Australia leaves little for unsecured creditors

  • India:Air India disinvestment: Govt extends deadline for expression of interest to October 30

  • Indonesia: AirAsia looks past Q2 losses

  • Kenya: Kenya Airways denied entry into Tanzanian sky

  • Nepal: Himalaya Airlines to conduct four repatriation flights in next six days

  • Nigeria: Before International Flights Resume

  • Senegal: Emirates to resume flights to Guinea, Senegal from September 3, 2020

  • South Africa: British Airways to operate flights from South Africa to the UK

  • South Korea: Korean Air sells inflight business for $834mn

  • Tanzania: Tanzania locks out three more Kenyan airlines over Coronavirus standoff

  • United Kingdom: £4 million of cocaine found hidden in vegetables and liquids at Gatwick Airport over past two weeks

  • United Kingdom: Virgin Atlantic faces anxious wait as creditors vote on whether £1.2bn Covid bailout is going to fly

  • United States: Delta's Partner Strategy: Tested, Strengthened

  • United States: American Airlines cuts 19,000 jobs amid travel slump


Australia

Bain Capital's $3.5bn buyout of Virgin Australia leaves little for unsecured creditors - The National

 

India

Air India disinvestment: Govt extends deadline for expression of interest to October 30 - Economic Times

 

Indonesia

AirAsia looks past Q2 losses - The Star

 

Kenya

Kenya Airways denied entry into Tanzanian sky - E Turbo News

 

Nepal

Himalaya Airlines to conduct four repatriation flights in next six days - My Republica

 

Nigeria


Before International Flights Resume

The federal government last week announced the resumption of scheduled international flights into and out of the country as from Saturday, August 29, 2020, after 159 days of flight ban.


The envisaged resumption will commence with four flights from yet undisclosed destinations, to Abuja and Lagos until further notice.


Nigeria's airports were closed and all scheduled flights throughout the country suspended on March 23, 2020, in compliance with restrictions on travels, courtesy of the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was just as the rest of the world also banned flights - all with the intention of mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.


The country had resumed scheduled domestic flights on July 8 2020, firstly in Lagos and Abuja and to other airports on later dates. The resumption of international flights constitutes a progression in the restoration of the aviation business in the country, which had turned out to be one of the worst hit victims of the COVID-19 pandemic, not only in Nigeria but around the world.


In announcing the resumption, Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika clarified that the development was justified as no in-flight infection had been recorded with the resumption of domestic flights, which indicated that flying can be carried out with reasonable guarantee of safely. He however cautioned that the resumption of international flights shall be guided by the full complement of existing protocols for the domestic aspect, while additional ones as prescribed by the global authorities would also be incorporated.


The additional protocols are those contained in the various advisories by the World Health Organisation (WHO), International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and International Air Transport Association (IATA), to mention a few.


The core obligation by countries is that they conduct the relevant risk-benefit analysis, in respect of each incoming passenger as well as flight, to ensure that the already established gains from the global efforts in containing the virus, are not compromised in their facilities.

In the context of the foregoing, some of the protocols advised by the global aviation stakeholders and adopted by the Nigerian government with the intention of protecting the various categories of airport users such as crews, passengers and security personnel, include the obligation of respective embassies to ensure the compliance of their nationals with whatever travel protocols as may be implicated.


In the first place, Nigeria wants every returning passenger, either evacuated on emergency basis or otherwise to undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test at the point of embarkation, and pay in advance for another test immediately on arrival in Nigeria, before proceeding for a period of optional self-quarantine for at least eight days, being the incubation time for the coronavirus to manifest if the passenger is actually infected.


In addition, the federal government has said that a fine of $3,500 would be imposed on any airline that boards a COVID-19 patient.


A source of worry, though, is the recent announcement by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) that there is no infrastructure to conduct COVID-19 tests on passengers.

With the outlined protocols in place, the country seems to be ready for the resumption of international air travel.


However, there is no gainsaying the fact that as the country's air space opens up for international travel, the government needs to appraise the capacity of domestic operators of international flights to cope with the crushing effects of COVID-19 on their operational status.

The federal government has already said that international passengers who evade tests in Nigeria will be put on the travel watch list of the government.


Just before the approval of resumption of international flights, the country's aviation sector was rocked by labour unrest as at least two of the most enterprising operators cited COVID-19 induced, encroaching insolvency to lay-off dozens of pilots and other crew.


Meanwhile, it is feared that even without announcing it, some other operators facing the same situation may also trim their workforce. The ripples from that development are yet to settle down, thereby implying that until the issue is resolved, Nigerian operators of international flights may return to business in a handicapped condition.


Source: AllAfrica.com/Daily

 

Senegal

Emirates to resume flights to Guinea, Senegal from September 3, 2020 - Gulf News

 

South Africa

British Airways to operate flights from South Africa to the UK - IOL

 

South Korea

Korean Air sells inflight business for $834mn - Headline Only

 

Tanzania

Tanzania locks out three more Kenyan airlines over Coronavirus standoff - The Citizen

 

United Kingdom

£4 million of cocaine found hidden in vegetables and liquids at Gatwick Airport over past two weeks - Evening Standard

Virgin Atlantic faces anxious wait as creditors vote on whether £1.2bn Covid bailout is going to fly - This is Money

 

United States

Delta's Partner Strategy: Tested, Strengthened - Seeking Alpha

American Airlines cuts 19,000 jobs amid travel slump - BBC

 

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