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  • 11.05.2020

    Session 1: What Will Be The Next Destination From Now On?

    The new coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus first identified in Wuhan Province, China, in late December, as a result of research in a group of patients developing respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

    The outbreak was initially detected in those in the seafood and animal market in this region. It then spread from person to person to other cities in Hubei province, especially Wuhan, and to other states of the Republic of China and other world countries.

    As of April 21, 2020, the number of people infected with the virus has been announced by the World Health Organization(WHO) as 2.356.414. As can be read from the Financial Times chart dated April 19, China is the only country that can finish the coronavirus.

    Unfortunately, a foreseeable treatment period cannot be determined as there is still no known treatment of the virus spread throughout the world.

    Some states aim to end the outbreak in their country with the help of quarantine, while others aim to end the outbreak as a result of the destruction of the virus or the immune of everyone with a controlled spread pattern.

    Effects and Future of The Pandemic

    Since the corona virus affects and continues to affect the world, it has seriously affected all sectors, starting from our social life, from food to transportation, from

    Due to travel bans and a rapid decrease in passengers’ travel requests, coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the aviation industry. When the impact on transportation and aviation is analyzed, it is foreseen that first of all, preferences of the people will change. There will be significant differences in the way employees do business, travel restrictions of countries, but also in the travel preferences of citizens along with their holiday preferences.In addition to changes that concern the aircraft, such as cabin hygiene on planes, catering criteria, reduced number of passengers due to seat configuration and therefore significantly increased ticket prices compared to before; it is anticipated that the pre-flight checks of pilots will also change.Financial changes in aircraft rental, systemic innovations in the ventilation section during manufacturing, the conversion of passenger aircraft into cargo planes and increases in the cargo section of the aircraft signal that both cabin crew and pilots will be severely affected by this process.The figures, released worldwide in mid-April, are as follows:

    • More than 2/3 of the 22.000 main passenger aircraft have been turned into inactive fleets. In the latest case, the number of inactive fleets increased to 14.400, and only 7.635 aircraft were left in operation.
    • In Europe (less than 15%), far fewer aircraft operate in North America (45%), or Asia (49%).
    • Wide-body aircraft were found to be less affected than 27% of narrow-body aircraft.
    • American Airlines is cutting its domestic flight schedule by 60%–70% in April 2020 and 80%–90% in May, with only a “handful” of international routes to stay in operation. On 1 April, American announced that it would apply for US$12 billion in government aid. On 6 April, American announced that almost all flights to the New York City area would be suspended, and no crew or staff would remain in the area overnight.
    • Air Canada announced a temporary layoff of 5,100 employees, suspending most of its international flights.
    • Air France–KLM chairman Benjamin Smith stated in a video recording to staff that the situation was “unprecedented”. The Financial Times reported that the French government was exploring ways to provide the airline with cash. Air France-KLM later announced it would reduce capacity by 70-90%.
    • British Airways CEO Álex Cruz informed staff that BA was facing a crisis worse than the aftermath of the SARS outbreak or the 9/11 attacks, and wrote that “jobs would be lost – perhaps for a short term, perhaps longer term.”
    • On 23 March, Emirates announced it will stop all passenger flights, starting 25 March 2020.
    • Lufthansa grounded its Airbus A380 aircraft, and cut 90% of its long haul travel capacity. It also stated it would only operate 20% of its intra-Europe flights. It later decommissioned its local discount flights arm Germanwings.
    • Norwegian Air cancelled 85% of its flights and temporarily laid off 90% of its employees.
    • Scandinavian Airlines has received a payment guarantee of 3 billion Swedish kroner by the governments of Denmark and Sweden to get through the crisis. Most flights scheduled for April have been cancelled.
    • Singapore Airlines had to cut 96% of its flights up to end-April and ground the majority of its air fleet on 23 March 2020. Its management also took a pay cut and staff up to certain management levels had to take unpaid leave. Shares also dropped to its lowest since 1998 to the extent that they had to halt trading. In response, the Singapore government injected up to S$19 billion for the flag carrier whereas its majority shareholder, Temasek Holdings, said it would underwrite the sale of shares and convertible bonds for up to S$15 billion.
    • United Airlines announced that it would reduce domestic flight capacity by 10% and international flight capacity by 20% in April 2020. It also secured US$2 billion in loans to secure its cash reserves. United later stated on 15 March 2020 that it would cut 50% of its flying capacity for April and May 2020.
    Virgin Australia reduced 8,000 out of 10,000 employees (redundancies and temporary layoff). The airline formally applied for voluntary administration on 21 April 2020, however as of that date, flights are still operating and talks about the future of the airline are continuing

    Flight comparisons all over the world before and after coronavirus

    Due to the global outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19);

    In Turkey:

    • Turkish Airlines has stopped all international flights until May 20, 2020, and all domestic flights until May 1, 2020.
    • Pegasus Airlines has stopped all domestic and international flights until May 15, 2020.
    • SunExpress will has stopped international flights until May 21, 2020, all domestic flights until May 1, 2020.
    • Anadolu Jet has stopped all international flights until May 20, 2020, and all domestic flights until May 1, 2020.