Traveling has been quite hectic as many people are stuck in different places. It is however interesting to know that some are still able to fly as the Civil Aviation Association of Zambia never halted Operations.
Even though big airlines were not operational private air charters are still operational. According to Corporate Air:
Though some Air Charters had remained lowly operational including Zambia Air Charters, Major Airways had halted operations. This left private Air Charters in Zambia having to deal with cargo and those traveling privately to places where there were fewer restrictions. The Civil Aviation Authority Zambia had maintained work as usual but most of the operators failed to operate due to no passenger movement especially internationals/tourist who constitute 75% + of all domestic passengers.
Some airlines are now readying themselves to go back to business. Slowly but surely many are working to the reality that their services are needed even in such tough times. Here are a few Airways which are readying to resume or have resumed operations:
1. South African Airways (SAA)
South African Airways (SAA) is currently retaining its domestic schedule, as published between Johannesburg and Cape Town, with effect from mid-June 2020. Accordingly, SAA is focusing on ensuring operational readiness to resume flights once permissible.
This position will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
At the same time, SAA is cancelling all planned scheduled flights on regional and international services until the end of June 2020 with immediate effect. This decision has been taken as a result of the continuing global impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Many restrictive rules and regulations still apply to civil aviation across the world. On this basis, it is not yet possible to resume operations beyond South Africa’s borders in a sustainable manner.
“Everyone at SAA is looking forward to welcoming and serving our customers once again. Our operational preparedness is underlined by the significant role the airline has played in global repatriations to and from South Africa and by our desire to serve the domestic market,” stated Philip Saunders, SAA’s Chief Commercial Officer.
For those customers holding unused SAA tickets for these flights, there is no need to contact the airline at this time. All customers will be able to use their ticket’s full value as a credit for travel on any SAA service up to and including 24 March 2022. SAA will also permit a free name change if any individual customer no longer wishes to travel. This represents an important part of SAA’s continued commitment to support our customers in these unprecedented times.
SAA is committed to restarting further operations on an incremental basis, and will regularly provide updates on progress.
2. India to resume domestic flight operations
Indian aviation minister just announced that domestic civil aviation operations will resume in a calibrated manner from Monday 25th May 2020.
All airports & air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from 25th May.
“We have been ready to resume domestic civil aviation for the last one week or so” said Hardeep Singh Puri. India resume domestic flight.
3. Etihad Airways to resume flights to Belgrade, Dublin, Geneva, Milan, Paris and Toronto
Etihad Airways is continuing to increase the number of special flights it is operating worldwide to and from Abu Dhabi.
Throughout May and June, the airline will increase frequencies on previously announced special flights and will add new services to Belgrade, Dublin, Geneva, Milan, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and Toronto.
In addition to the recently launched link between Melbourne and London, Etihad will also add services to Sydney, allowing a direct transit connection to and from the UK capital via Abu Dhabi.
Etihad continues to follow UAE and international government, regulatory and health authority directives, and is playing its part in helping to limit the spread of Covid-19.
The airline has implemented an extensive sanitisation and customer safety programme and is practicing the highest standards of hygiene at every part of the customer journey.
source: Corporate Air