Transport for June 2020: what happened interesting

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World passenger traffic from around 15% began to recover. We see about a third of normal traffic in Russia, and in some regions more. World air transportation recovered 65% of the pre-crisis level – worldwide, companies operate 118 thousand out of 181 thousand flights per day.

Russia slightly opened the borders: You can go abroad to care for relatives, treatment, to work and study. Foreigners will be able to enter to be treated. Russia is not yet among the countries from which it will be possible to enter countries from July 1 The European Union. Regular trips abroad do not happen until August 1 minimum.

A little game: the Pakistan Civil Aviation Administration conducted an investigation that found that 40% of pilots in the country have fake licenses pilots. This is after the very case when local pilots got down about 4 times faster than they needed to land, didn’t lower the landing gear, cut the engines off the runway, decided that something was going wrong, took off again, went to the second round, tried remove the chassis and later the engines fell apart. The case, to put it mildly, is surprising.

According to a new WTTC study, More than 197 million jobs could be lost in the global travel and tourism sector if travel barriers continue to make travel more difficult. The impact of long-term travel restrictions could also destroy US $ 5 543 billion of the sector’s contribution to global GDP, equivalent to a 62% decrease compared to 2019. And this is not like the airlines that launched a fierce struggle with the recommendations of governments in Europe.

Airlines began to write off old boards before the end of their life.

Russia

  • The resumption of international flights proposed to start with CIS. It is proposed to open flights to foreign countries on an individual basis, depending on the epidemiological situation. There are no exact dates. Railway connection with Kaliningrad resumed from July 1.
  • You can monitor the status of quarantines here: list, Radar website.
  • Will appear in Russia national project in domestic tourism. Apparently, there will not be a foreign one for some time. But the domestic enterprises of the travel industry can reduce VAT, and Russians traveling around the country will be supported by subsidies. The point is that while the same Turkey and Italy developed tourism and lured our citizens, the incomes of the regions decreased. And when they decrease, less investment comes to tourism. Now the return wave is expected.
  • Russian Railways resumed work of dining cars. At the same time, all safety measures will be followed: passengers will be given hand antiseptics, and they will be disinfected at least twice a day in the premises.
  • Booking level in Crimean hotels and other accommodation facilities for July reaches 90%. rest in Crimea turned out to be too expensive for Russian tourists. The private sector is rejoicing.
  • From June 10 to November 30 Albania opened summer visa-free entry for citizens of Russia and Belarus for up to 90 days. You can fly while from Minsk. And the Russians and Belarusians living in Montenegro can visit Albania without a Schengen visa, but they can return to Montenegro only if they have a residence permit or permanent residence in Montenegro (similar to Bosnia and Herzegovina).
  • Russian Railways offer discounts on tickets for trips around the country.
  • Turkish President asked Russian President to let Russian tourists to Turkish resorts. There is generally a very interesting story with the fact that in July the required loading of hotels is 70%. They already sent out tourists have more than 20 million letters of invitation to return, so if you were vacationing in Turkey, look for such spam in the mail.
  • Rospotrebnadzor obliged hotels to report on the settlement of unmarried couples in one room. This is because since June in Russia the recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor have been in force for the resumption of hotels, which states that hotels should accommodate guests primarily single or family.
  • Entered into force acquisition transaction “Transmashholding” of the Hungarian engineering company Dunakeszi Járműjavító (DJJ). This was reported in the Directorate for External Relations and Corporate Communications of the holding. The Hungarian company will take part in the implementation of the contract for the supply of 1300 passenger cars for the needs of the Egyptian National Railways (URN) with a total value of more than one billion euros. Deliveries are co-financed by Hungarian and Russian export-import banks, and rolling stock is produced both in Russia and in Hungary. This is the largest export project for Transmashholding JSC.
  • Sheremetyevo Airport, the busiest in Russia, getting ready to reduce traffic by 66% this year and expects that it will take about a year before recovering to pre-crisis levels. Alexander Ponomarenko, who is also a co-owner of the airport, said that passenger traffic will be about 17 million people a year if international flights resume in July. The airport continues to service domestic and repatriation flights.
  • Airlines cancel flights to the Black Sea resorts. Russia’s largest charter carrier, Azur Air, has delayed the start of flights and will resume flights to Sochi only on June 15, although the carrier had earlier announced the resumption of flights from June 1. Significantly reduced the number of flights to Krasnodar Territory and Aeroflot. This is due to the fact that demand resumes extremely slowly. In social networks heated discussion On this subject, people are unhappy that they arranged a sale of tickets, raised money, and then reduced their flights, and some canceled them altogether.
  • China’s aviation authorities since June 8 allow All foreign airlines that were forced to refuse to fly to this country due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, select one destination airport and perform one regular flight per week.
  • BlaBlaCar resumed work in Russia.
  • On the shore of Lake Vselug is planned Creation of a Sport-Marathon tourist center with campsites and glampings, rental of sports equipment and equipment for outdoor activities. In addition, the development of peasant farming is contemplated. According to the regional government, the investment will amount to 300 million rubles, and about 70 new jobs will be created.
  • Vladimir Putin approved the order to ensure the adoption by the State Duma by October 1, 2020 of a law on electronic visa for foreigners. The document provides that residents of other countries from January 1, 2021 will fill out an application on a special website, the Russian Foreign Ministry will provide an answer within four days. It will be possible to enter Russia once every two months for a period of up to 16 days.
  • Ministry of Resorts, Tourism and Olympic Heritage of the Krasnodar Territory approved “Algorithm for receiving guests going for treatment to sanatorium-resort organizations during the period of operation of the high-alert mode.” The day before the arrival of the guests, the management of the health resort sends lists to the duty units of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs at airports and railway stations. Tourists are met by police. Well and further on the list.
  • M. Mishustin reported on the prepared plan for economic recovery. According to the head of government, the plan consists of nine sections and includes about 500 activities that must be completed before the end of 2021. Details of the plan have not been disclosed.
  • Rostrud reminded about two shortened working weeks in June. A shortened working week from June 8 to 11 and a long weekend await the Russians in connection with the celebration of Russia Day on June 12. In addition, in accordance with the decree of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, June 24 was declared a day off with the preservation of wages. Thus, the working days will be from June 22 to 23 and from June 25 to 26.
  • Tourist season in St. Petersburg in advance canceled. Natalya Bashketova, head of the St. Petersburg Rospotrebnadzor, chief sanitary doctor of St. Petersburg, called the city “categorically unprepared” for lifting restrictions.
  • Rostourism discusses with Rospotrebnadzor the possibility cancellation mandatory coronavirus certificates for vacationers in sanatoriums.
  • Simferopol and other resort cities on the seas have become the most popular routes of the month:

Aviation

  • British Airways, EasyJet and Ryanair began a lawsuit against the quarantine policy of the British government. Airlines have filed a complaint with the Supreme Court asking them to review quarantine rules as soon as possible, which impede the restoration of demand for travel to the UK. The statement said that there is no scientific evidence of the effectiveness of this policy. In the same time British government plans to complete the consideration of whether the country should adhere to a social distance measure of 2 meters. The revision of the 2-meter distance rule occurred after some enterprises, especially in the hospitality industry, complained that they would not be able to make a profit if customers were far away from each other.
  • Air france decommissioning A380 aircraft. June 26 was the last flight on which almost all the top management flew. Qantas airways Reduces about 20% of personnel, conserves 100 aircraft and immediately decommission the remaining Boeing-747 fleet.
  • AirbusAccording to Director General Guillaume Fori, over the next two years it is expected to drop production by 40% due to the coronavirus crisis.
  • Canadian airline Westjet She announced that she would lay off about 3,300 employees, as she expects to save on the background of economic shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Lufthansa developed a plan to avoid insolvency if the financial assistance of the government in the amount of $ 10 billion is not approved by a vote of shareholders. The German government can still get a 20% stake, as originally planned, in two stages without the approval of a meeting of shareholders or billionaire investor Heinz German Thiele. Initially, Germany could receive about 10% of the shares by increasing capital without the right to subscribe at 2.56 euros per share, the source added. The remaining share will be received as a result of a regular increase in capital, in which all Lufthansa shareholders can participate.
  • Chairman and CEO Emirates group Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum announced that the airline intends to expand its network to more destinations, following the Dubai Directive on the resumption of air travel. “At Emirates, we are seeing a positive trend in traffic growth in our network in recent weeks, and we are ready to serve our customers,” concluded Sheikh Ahmed.
  • Virgin atlantic announced plans to resume flights from Heathrow Airport to Washington, Seattle, Las Vegas, Mumbai, Delhi and Johannesburg in September 2020. The airline also plans to resume servicing flights from Heathrow to Boston, Montego Bay, Antigua, Grenada and Tobago in October 2020. The carrier plans to resume flights Manchester – Barbados in October 2020.
  • Spanish cruise line Pullmantur filed for reorganization in accordance with Spanish insolvency law. The cruise line canceled sailing on three ships until November 15. Guests booking a flight on Pullmantur will be offered the option of sailing at Royal Caribbean International or Celebrity Cruises.
  • UNWTO reports that in some areas the tourism sector is starting to restart, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. At the same time, travel restrictions remain in most global destinations, and tourism remains one of the most affected sectors of the economy. The UNWTO has again called on governments and international organizations to support tourism, which is a lifeline for many millions of people and the foundation of the economy.
  • Easyjet back in the air. There is more to the entire route network than the west of the EU.
  • Wizz air reopens its Kiev base, resuming flights from Ukraine to Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Germany, Greece and the UK. Airline also confirmed its plans for launching in Abu Dhabi. It will be the group’s first airline based outside of Europe. The creation of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi in partnership with the Abu Dhabi International Airport should begin in the second half of 2020.
  • Virgin atlantic cargo announced plans to increase cargo transportation by 33% in June 2020. It is also important that flights in NSH cooperation will continue in June.
  • Virgin atlantic stated that flights to Orlando and Hong Kong from London Heathrow Airport will resume on July 20, and flights to New York, Kennedy, Los Angeles and Shanghai will be resumed on July 21. The airline also opposes the 14-day quarantine in the UK, saying that it will hinder the recovery of the industry.
  • Qatar Airways announced plans to increase the frequency of flights to Dublin, Milan and Rome by June 13, 2020. Additional flights are expected to provide links through Doha to the Asia-Pacific region, especially Australia.
  • British airways: Executive Director Alex Cruz calls on unions to endorse 12,000 job cuts, saying otherwise the survival of the group is being jeopardized. Cruise also joined other airline executives in criticizing the new British 14-day quarantine rule, which went into effect on June 8, calling it “another blow to our industry.”
  • Air France-KLM plans to increase the number of flights to destinations in southern Europe and hopes to add several long-distance destinations in July.
  • international Airport Los angeles on Tuesday began testing thermal imaging cameras to identify passengers with high body temperature. Three cameras will scan the flow of passengers arriving and departing from the international terminal of Tom Bradley.

Borders

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About the market

  • One of the most amazing effects in recent months is a sharp increase in the share of ticket purchases from mobile devices in April. This is most likely due to the fact that the desktops remained at work, and home computers – at home. As it turned out by the consumption profile, many simply do not already have a home computer. It sounds wild, but this is a new world. Well, and a separate segment: international tickets for the CIS were almost always bought in April from Android devices.
  • Online tours: what is it and a little about the market.
  • “Lufthansa” promises free return home for tourists in the event of a new pandemic wave. This is a very good symptom, showing that you can travel with the understanding that you will be able to return. Although it is unlikely that such an attraction for the whole world will be repeated again.
  • Taipei International Airport (Taiwan) launched the service “Departure for fun“. It takes half a day: all procedures, landing, and then immediately landing and again customs with passport control. It sounds crazy, but try to do it in Omsk, for example. They will not understand you.
  • There are more infected now than during the announcement of quarantine, only the level of panic and fear of infection has decreased significantly. Welcome to the world of irrational human agents.

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