Airlines: Flight Availability and New Travel Regulations [COVID-19 Live Update]

The airlines cut their flight capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic. The situation is dynamic, routes and destinations are restored as governments ease their travel restrictions and demand increases. Also, the airlines are introducing new regulations and requirements for passengers during the boarding process and on a plane.

We strongly advise ensuring your eligibility to travel before booking a flight. Review the entry restrictions, visa suspensions, and quarantine requirements that apply at your destination. For general COVID-19-related health advice please visit the WHO website.

29 September 2020
Maksim Koval

The airlines cut their flight capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic. The situation is dynamic, routes and destinations are restored as governments ease their travel restrictions and demand increases. Also, the airlines are introducing new regulations and requirements for passengers during the boarding process and on a plane.

This travel advisory will help you to make the right decisions regarding your leisure travel or business trips during the coronavirus pandemic – we update this page as the official statements from airlines are being released.

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AirAsia
Starting April 2020 domestic flights are gradually resuming for AirAsia and its regional subsidiaries.

– AirAsia Malaysia restarted flights on 29 April.
– AirAsia Thailand restarted flights on 1 May.
– AirAsia India resumed flights to all 21 domestic destinations in India on 25 May.
– AirAsia Indonesia and AirAsia Philippines reopen domestic routes from 1 June 2020.

Flights to international destinations will resume once governments have opened borders and lifted travel restrictions.

Domestic flights in Indonesia have been resumed - the passengers must follow the government's regulations to be allowed to travel.

Face mask required at all times.

New cabin baggage policy

Body temperature screening before boarding.

Only pre-booked meals will be served on board.

COVID-19 page   COVID-19 Hotline
Air IndiaAll domestic and international flights are canceled.

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Air New ZealandDomestic and international flights are limited, most routes are suspended until 30 June.

Domestic air travel is only permitted for essential workers.

There are only a few international routes open, including Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne).

No inflight drinks and snacks service.

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Batik AirAll International flights in to and out of Indonesia are suspended until further notice.

Domestic flights in Indonesia have been resumed - the passengers must follow the government's regulations to be allowed to travel.

Enforced strict health protocols and social distancing during check-in, boarding, and disembarking.

Physical distancing policy onboard - middle seats are omitted in the economy class, the zig-zag seating arrangement in the business class.

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Cathay PacificOperations temporarily reduced.

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Cebu PacificAll domestic and international flights remain canceled until May 31.

After resuming flights, boarding procedures will be managed according to physical distancing guidelines, and face masks will be required at all times.

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CitilinkOperations temporarily reduced.
EmiratesOperations temporarily reduced.

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Garuda IndonesiaPassengers are required to provide medical letters from hospitals stating that they are COVID-19 negative.

Some international flights are operating, to/from a limited number of destinations (Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Osaka, Sydney, Melbourne, Amsterdam)

Domestic flights in Indonesia have been resumed - the passengers must follow the government's regulations to be allowed to travel.

Passengers are required to wear masks at all times.

In-flight meals have been limited, Book Your Meal service is suspended.

You may expect an empty seat between passengers (but it's not guaranteed).

COVID-19 page   COVID-19 Hotline
JetstarAll scheduled international flights, except for routes between Australia and New Zealand, are suspended until the end of July 2020.

Domestic routes are gradually opening - old routes are reviving and new ones are introduced. By the end of July 40% of pre-COVID-19 air traffic will be resumed.

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KLMOperations temporarily reduced.

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Lion Air / Wings AirAll International flights in to and out of Indonesia are suspended until further notice.

Domestic flights in Indonesia have been resumed - the passengers must follow the government's regulations to be allowed to travel.

Commercial flights are planned to gradually reopen from June 2020.

Enforced strict health protocols and social distancing during check-in, boarding, and disembarking.

Physical distancing policy onboard - middle seats are omitted in the economy class, the zig-zag seating arrangement in the business class.

COVID-19 page   COVID-19 Hotline
Korean AirOperations temporarily reduced.

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Malindo AirOperations temporarily reduced.
Philippine AirlinesOperations temporarily reduced.

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QantasAll scheduled international flights, except for routes between Australia and New Zealand, are suspended until the end of July 2020.

Domestic routes are gradually opening - old routes are reviving and new ones are introduced. By the end of July 40% of pre-COVID-19 air traffic will be resumed.

Limited food, beverage, and inflight entertainment offering.
All lounges, meeting rooms, and valet parking are closed.

COVID-19 page   COVID-19 Hotline
ScootOperations temporarily reduced.

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Singapore AirlinesOperations temporarily reduced.

Gradual increase in the number of flights in June and July 2020. Reinstated destinations include Adelaide, Amsterdam, Auckland, Barcelona, Brisbane, Cebu, Christchurch, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Medan, Melbourne and Osaka.

All flights are subject to regulatory approvals, and flight schedules may be subject to changes.

Rebooking and no-show fees are suspended.

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Sriwijaya AirOperations temporarily reduced.
Thai AirwaysInternational flights are suspended until September 2020

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Thai Lion AirDomestic flights have been resumed on May 1 2020.

International flights are gradually restarted. tAt the moment the airline operates routes from Bangkok to Jakarta, Singapore, Taiwan, China and Japan.

Face mask required at all times.

Temperature screening before boarding. The airline may deny boarding for passengers with a body temperature above 37.3C or showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Enforced strict health protocols and social distancing during check-in, boarding, and disembarking.

No food and beverage service/consumption on board.

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TigerairOperations temporarily reduced.

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Turkish AirlinesOperations temporarily reduced.

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Vietnam AirlinesOperations temporarily reduced.

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Virgin AustraliaOperations temporarily reduced.

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Maksim Koval


Maksim is an industry expert and digital editor at Tiket2. He is also a frequent flyer, travel writer, photographer, and the truest evangelist of the company.

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