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 – plans are afoot to fly again soon.
So which airlines are about to start regaining their flight capacity during the next few weeks?
Already serving connections between all three Baltic capitals, the Latvian flag carrier also resumed flights between Tallinn, Paris, Vienna and Berlin. From 6 July the air link between Tallinn and Malaga is also expected to be added. Planes from Riga are already flying to Copenhagen and Paris. Full resumption of connections between the Latvian capital and Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Split, Barcelona, Nice, Larnaca, Rome, Catania and Milan is planned for 7 July. Flights from Vilnius to Amsterdam will be resumed from June 8, to Paris – from June 9, to Berlin – from June 11, to London – from June 15, to Dublin – from June 16, to Dubrovnik – from July 6. The plans of adding more connections throughout summer as more travel restrictions would be lifted across Europe are still underway.
Serbian national air carrier already undergoes the implementation of its plans to resume a comprehensive flight 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 already serves Rome-Alghero and Rome-Olbia routes once a day with planes landing at Rome Fiumicino airport. From the 2nd of June it returned to a Rome (FCO)-New York (JFK) service and is flying again from Fiumicino to Madrid and Barcelona. Direct links between Milan (MXP) and southern Italy also operate from June 2, boosting June flight activity by 36% over May.
British national air carrier’s plans to return into servicing the majority of its most significant European routes are already underway. While such early return took place for its routes served from BA London City, Edinburgh and Glasgow bases, flights from London Gatwick and Heathrow airports also are gradually resumed from June. Full list of routes to be served by the airline from both major London airports, however, is still subject to change. Return to service on intercontinental routes served by BA is already underway with plans to already be back serving all of the following destinations from London Heathrow Airport till the end June: Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Delhi, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Lagos, Los Angeles, Montreal, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Sao Paulo Guarulhos, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Tokyo Haneda, Toronto and Washington Dulles.
In a week starting from 15 June, the airline is resuming its service between Brussels and Copenhagen, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Venice, Nice, Marselle, Porto, Lisbon, Faro, Barcelona, Madrid, Alicante, Malaga, Rome, Naples, Catania, Athens as well as Tel Aviv. The next week – from June 22 – the service to London, Paris, Lyon, Geneva, Milan, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Tenerife, Las Palmas, Dubrovnik, Kos, Rhodes, Heraklion, Yerevan, Hurghada is about to be resumed.
Flights between Prague and Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris as well as Stockholm Arlanda airport are resumed as early as May 18. Later the airline implemented its plans to go back into its Bucharest, Kosice, Budapest, Reykjavik and London (Heathrow) routes.
Till the end of June the carrier plans to gradually resume flights on half its routes with a limited capacity on some of previously very busy connections. One of the first European low-cost airlines to ground its entire fleet at the very beginning of the pandemic, announced its plan to ramp up flights in the coming weeks. Half of its 1,022 routes will be reopened by the end of July, with the following increase to two-thirds during August.
The company is about to double its operating fleet from 80 planes currently flying to at least 160 to be back in service till the end of June. Put together, Lufthansa, Air Dolomiti, Eurowings and SWISS will fly to more than 100 destinations this 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. Also this month Lufthansa Group airlines will restart eight routes from the UK and Ireland on June 15 as the group’s carriers are returning to service on summer holiday routes and air links between European capitals.
From June 15, Lufthansa Group airlines will operate 115 weekly frequencies in total from Birmingham (BHX), Edinburgh (EDI), London Heathrow (LHR) and Manchester (MAN) in the UK as well as Dublin (DUB)—11 of the weekly frequencies will be from the Irish capital.
The restarted routes will be: DUB-Geneva (GVA), to be operated by subsidiary SWISS International Air Lines; LHR-Munich (MUC), to be operated by Lufthansa; LHR-Vienna (VIE), to be operated by another subsidiary, Austrian Airlines; LHR-Brussels (BRU), to be operated by a third subsidiary, Brussels Airlines; MAN-Zurich (ZRH), to be operated by SWISS; BHX-BRU, to be operated by Brussels Airlines; EDI-Frankfurt (FRA), to be operated by Lufthansa; and EDI-GVA, to be operated by SWISS-subsidiary Edelweiss.
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.
The carrier plans to start its gradual returning to service from the second week of June. Ankara-Amsterdam, Adana-Stuttgart, Antalya – Geneva and Bodrum – Berlin Tegel are among the first routes to be resumed. Full list of destinations, resumption of service for which is planned for the upcoming months can be found here.
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 a few of its biggest bases. 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, Eindhoven to Varna, Sofia, Budapest and Vilnius, and from Budapest to Liverpool, Tel Aviv, Bari, Tirana, Basel, Catania, Stockholm, Nice and Athens.