Aviation Today: June 15th

Today has been a rather interesting day in the aviation sector – with more financial and employment news in the wake of the coronavirus, as well as some operational restarts and new appointments.

  • easyJet resumes some domestic operations in the UK – starting with a first flight of Gatwick to Glasgow. The airline have restarted some crucial domestic routes to start to slowly ease back in services.
  • Lufthansa release more details of their possible redundancies – the group have announced to unions the scale of their likely up to 22,000 full time redundancies. This will include up to 5,000 Lufthansa airline staff – including 600 pilots, 2,600 cabin crew and 1,500 ground staff.
  • SAS likely to receive financial support from the Danish and Swedish governments – though it is very likely this will come with environmental strings attached.
  • Embraer CEO John Slattery has left the company as he moves to GE Aviation – to become their new CEO and President.
  • Austrian have restarted operations with a flight from Vienna to Munich.
  • United’s loyalty program has helped to secure them a loan of up to $5 billion – which they predict will give them a total $17 billion dollars in available liquidity come the end of the third quarter of 2020.
  • Gatwick have appointed a new Chief Commercial Officer in Jonathan Pollard – who will begin in September with a focus on increasing revenue streams within the South London airport.