2021 is shaping up to be a much tougher year than previously expected – IATA

IATA has released new analysis showing that the airline industry is expected to remain cash negative throughout 2021. Previous analysis (November 2020) indicated that airlines would turn cash positive in the fourth quarter of 2021. At the industry level, airlines are now not expected to be cash positive until 2022. Estimates for cash burn in […]

Government of Canada announces new mandatory requirements for travellers to Canada

As part of Canada’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all travellers are required to provide specific information upon and after entry into Canada. This includes requirements to provide a quarantine plan and contact and travel information. The Government of Canada introduced ArriveCAN in April 2020 to create a secure and user-friendly way to help […]

IATA, AASA and BARSA call on South Africa’s Government for financial relief to Aviation

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) and the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (BARSA)  are calling on the South African government to provide specific financial relief to the aviation sector to address the severe impact of the COVID-19 crisis. IATA estimates that revenues generated by airlines […]

IATA proposes a risk-based layered approach to restarting aviation

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released a new analysis showing that the damage to air travel from COVID-19 extends into the medium-term, with long-haul and international travel being the most severely impacted. In light of this analysis, the Association has outlined a long recovery process for the aviation sector. Avoid quarantine measures In response […]

Avianca Group Holdings files for bankruptcy

IATA has issued the following communication regarding Avianca Group Holdings filing for bankruptcy Avianca Group Holdings has initiated a voluntary reorganization process in the United States of America, known as Chapter 11. This filing includes Avianca Airlines (AV-134) and several of its subsidiaries (see the list below). IATA has started discussions with Avianca senior management […]

SAICA clarifies requirements and formulae for UIF TERS

With the payment of the first COVID-19 Temporary Employee / Employer Relief Scheme (TERS) benefits, various misunderstandings have arisen that have subsequently been resolved. Since the release of the SAICA media statement and member communication on 24 April 2020, SAICA met with the UIF Commissioner to clarify the requirements and formulae to be used for […]

Thailand extends incoming flight ban to 18 April

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has extended a ban on all commercial flights to Thailand until April 18 to support the country’s campaign to contain the coronavirus. Thailand had banned passenger flights from Saturday, 4 April to Monday 6 April. Hours before the order expired, the aviation regulator issued another announcement extending the ban […]

TAT update: CAAT intensifies COVID-19 control measures for travellers

Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update that the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has upgraded its notification on the practical guidelines for airlines operating international flights to Thailand in its intensified effort to support Thailand’s nationwide surveillance measures to combat the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 […]

Government of Namibia declares State of Emergency

Namibia

On 17 March, the Government of Namibia declared a State of Emergency, also imposing a number travel bans and restrictions. Please click here for the full communication issued by the Government of Namibia.