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Another day and another round of job losses announced globally. The industry continues to react to the structural shock to the sector. Our concern remains that this is not the end for headcount reduction and that this cycle will continue into 2021.


On a brighter note, we are now seeing increasing news flow on the reopening of international airports - the question remains - will the initial demand for international air travel spike and then diminish or will the recovery in numbers be sustainable... time will tell.


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

  • DRC reopens airspace after 5 months closure

  • Vistara to make long-haul debut, fly to London from August 2

  • Asaba Airport: Air Peace Resumes Flight Operations

  • Nigerian government moves to prevent job losses in aviation sector

  • Swissport and Qatar Airways renew services contract at Schiphol Airport

  • More passengers allowed to transit at Changi Airport

  • Fastjet Group to delist and convert to private company

  • Protests planned over closure of easyJet bases

  • Stobart Group to cut jobs after Easyjet scraps Southend and Stansted bases

  • ‘Humbled’ Boeing scores first new 737 Max orders since November - CNBC

 

Democratic Republic Of Congo


The Democratic Republic of Congo has reopened its airspace after been closed for nearly five months due to Coronavirus pandemic. It received its first commercial passenger flight on Saturday.


Border health officials were seen taking the temperature of each passenger after a mandatory hand washing with chlorinated water.


"It takes a little longer, but that's the price to pay for a trip without risk of contamination," reacted Aristotle Kabengele, who was on his way to Paris via the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.


More than 200 passengers boarded an Ethiopian Airlines plane bound for Addis Ababa.


On the runway, freshly drawn markings on the ground separated travellers by a metre before the first commercial flight from Ndjili airport in Kinshasa took off.


The DRC has so far recorded 9,638 Covid-19 cases and 239 deaths since the first cases were declared on 10 March, according to the latest official figures.


By: Jerry Fisayo - Bambi

Source: www.africanews.com

 

India


Vistara To Make Long-Haul Debut, Fly To London From August 2 - Mumbai Mirror

 

Nigeria


Asaba Airport: Air Peace Resumes Flight Operations

Air Peace on Tuesday resumed its Lagos-Asaba-Lagos and Abuja-Asaba-Abuja flight operations, with a pledge to deliver the best flight experience to the travelling public on the routes.


The Air Peace Boeing 737 with registration No. 5N–BUJ arrived Asaba four months after the closure of the airport due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.


The aircraft which touched down at the airport at 8.50 am was celebrated with a water cannon salute.


The pilot of the Aircraft, Captain Omar Al-Talib, said the carrier was delighted to have returned to Asaba after its flight operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


He commended the Federal Ministry of Aviation, the NCAA, and the Delta State Government for their efforts at reopening the airport assuring that the airline will scale up its operations at the Asaba Airport.


Senior Political Adviser to the Governor, Chief Funkekeme Solomon; Executive Assistant to the Governor on Communications Dr. Fred Latimore and Chairman Isoko North Local Government Council, Hon. Emmanuel Egbabor were among dignitaries on the Air Peace flight from Lagos.


Funkeme while speaking to newsmen said the investments at the airport were yielding adequate results and urged the airport authorities to ensure excellence in its operations.


“The investments in this airport has paid off with the upgrading of standards of the airport with a very high approval rating from the regulatory authorities.


“We had a very smooth flight onboard Air Peace from Lagos and we thank His Excellency the Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for all he has done to ensure the reopening of this airport.


“We know that this COVID-19 has altered our lifestyle but by the grace of God it will go very soon, but for now we have to adapt to the new normal. I appeal to the airport authorities to ensure excellence in their operations so that more people will continue to patronise the airport.” he said.


Latimore in his remark said the Air Peace flight from Lagos to Asaba was a 50 minutes flight.


“We had a very smooth flight experience. The COVID-19 protocol was in order and everything went well. Deltans and Nigerians are happy that the Asaba Airport has re-opened because travellers to Delta from South East and other neighbouring States will now begin to enjoy flight experience from Lagos and Abuja to the Asaba International Airport.”


Special Project Director, Asaba Airport, Austine Ayemidejor, assured that the facility has complied with all COVID-19 safety protocol assuring air travellers of the best flying experience from the airport.


“You know that Air Peace has been operating here on a daily basis before the pandemic and now that they have come back, they have assured us of daily flight operations here in Asaba.


“So far we have six airlines, Air Peace, Aero Contractors, Azman, Arik, Ibom Air among others already indicated interest to return to Asaba Airport. My advice to air travellers from the airport is to always ensure they adhere strictly to safety protocols already put in place to ensure smooth operations of the Airport.


On his part, Delta State Vice Chairman All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief George Okafor who was among dignitaries on the return flight to Abuja, commended Governor Okowa for his efforts at ensuring prompt reopening of the airport.