As we all had already witnessed how massive travel disruptions could happen due to governmental restrictions, some travellers could already see the light at the end of the tunnel. And that has been likely since more and more travel bans are about to be lifted, so – obviously – planes are afoot to fly again soon.
So which airlines are about to start regaining their flight capacity during the next few weeks?
The carrier already dropped its initial plans to resume regular passenger flights in the middle of May, but a determination to do so prevails the excessive caution over the groundwork which has already been done. So after the Latvian government – a bit unexpectedly – extended the nationwide quarantine later into the summer, according to the current plans, the return into service is expected to return as early as June 9. The flights from Riga to Frankfurt as well as the air links between Baltic capitals, connecting Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius are set to resume first with a hope to add more connections in the first month of summer as more travel restrictions would be lifted across Europe.
Serbian national air carrier plans to resume a limited scheduled flights on May 18, increasing to a comprehensive schedule on June 1. The airline stated that its stressed flights would depend on the decisions and guidelines of national, foreign, and international civil aviation authorities and on the lifting of the flight bans, evolution of travel restrictions and health measurements to countries served by the airline.
The carrier expects its schedule to “remain strong” for operations to Brussels, Bucharest, Frankfurt, Kiev, Krasnodar, London, Nice, Paris, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Tirana, Vienna, Zadar, Zagreb and Zurich.
The airline has already filed planned service resumption on additional routes on temporary suspended air links between a few more Italian cities. From May 18, it will serve Rome-Alghero and Rome-Olbia routes once a day with planes landing at Rome Fiumicino airport.
British national air carrier’s plans to return into servicing the majority of its most significant European routes are already underway with the partial return to service (up to one-third of its previous flight capacity) scheduled for the very beginning of June. While such early return is foreseen for its routes served from BA London City, Edinburgh and Glasgow bases, flights from London Gatwick and Heathrow airports are about to resume in the first days of July. Full list of routes to be served by the airline from both major London airports, however, can be changed as the final date approaches.
The first operations to be resumed on the routes served by Czech flag carrier include flights between Prague and Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris as well as Stockholm Arlanda airport. Such flights are about to resume as early as May 18. From the 24 May, the airline plans to go back into its operations on Kyiv route, with Odessa and Bucharest flights to follow the next day.
The company is about to double its operating fleet from 80 planes currently flying to at least 160 to be back in service in June. Put together, Lufthansa, Air Dolomiti, Eurowings and SWISS will fly to more than 100 destinations next month, with flights resuming to destinations including popular holiday resorts and most of the European capitals in case they will allow scheduled passenger traffic by that time. The airline is about to reveal the full list of destinations for the summer in the following weeks.
The airline has just extended its ‘limited schedule’ operations until May 28. From the beginning of July the carrier plans to go back to approximately 40 percent of the flight capacity it has been operating at the beginning of the year. Until the end of June it is about to operate roughly 30 flights per day.
The routes which are now served include links between Dublin and major UK airports as well as Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Lisbon and Cologne. A handful of flights will also be performed in the month of May from its base in London Luton airport, and, most probably – with even greater capacities – later into summer. The routes from Luton include Eindhoven, Lisbon, Berlin, Budapest, Sofia, Bucharest and Porto destinations, as well as major Irish airports. Full list of Ryanair ‘limited schedule’ destinations can be also found here.
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In addition to still performed flights between Lisbon and Luxembourg, Geneva, Paris, London Heathrow, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, from March 18, Portugese air carrier plans to resume its service from Lisbon to Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Funchal, Madrid and Praia with much wider route extension in the first half of summer.
As the first European airline to bring its planes back to the skies after a total grounding of the whole fleet, Wizz Air is already operating a number of routes from its London Luton base. The first destinations to become served again are namely London Luton to Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Craiova, Iasi, Suceava, Targu Mures, Satu Mare, Timișoara, Belgrade, Bratislava Kosice, Lisbon, Tenerife, and Tel Aviv with more destinations to be announced during the next weeks.