The outbreak of COVID-19 forced countries to go into lockdown, closing down businesses, airports and borders and forcing strict measures and restrictions on travel. The aviation industry was one of the worst hit and impacted by the lockdown. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) for Africa and the Middle East region expected that global airlines’ loss will reach up to $400 billion in 2020, along with the 550 billion of debts, which they won’t be able to get rid of for many years to come. IATA also confirmed that the suspension of flights is putting more than 1,2 million jobs in Africa and the Middle East at risk, nearly half of the jobs in the aviation sector.
On the other side, the impact of the pandemic will continue even after the gradual opening up of borders and airports as flight tickets prices went up in light of the health measures required including the social distancing. Therefore, IATA is also launching a re-travel plan that hopefully could be implemented internationally, as airports are preparing to reopen under new procedures, which requires international coordination between airlines, airports and governments to adopt coherent measures and avoid unilateral application.
Here are 8 global airlines that were severely affected due to COVID-19: