Monday, February 24, 2020
Martin Hennecke

Peach goes to ground over virus
Japan's budget airline Peach Aviation, co-founded by Hong Kong businessman Victor Chu and Japan's ANA, will halt several flights due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. The airline route between Hong Kong and Okinawa Naha will be suspended from February 17 and March 28. Also, some flights between Hong Kong and Osaka will be halted. Elsewhere, China's aviation regulator said it will support restructuring or mergers to help airlines cope with the outbreak. The Civil Aviation Administration of China said it hoped countries would lift travel restrictions soon, in line with the guidance from the World Health Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Hong Kong Airlines plans to lay off 400 employees. The carrier also asked ground staff to take unpaid leave for at least two weeks every month or work three days a week, from February 17 to June 30. Flight operations are being reduced to 30 from 82 daily from February 11 to March.
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