Last updated 23 March 2021
Several months into the year 2021, most governments are still discouraging travel with ever-expanding travel bans, the travel industry—and everyone, basically—are hoping that soon, there would be a semblance of normalcy returning into the world.
The airline industry for one is starting to make small preparations for summer. A few major airlines have rolled out flight resumption schedules, albeit at reduced capacities, along with reassurances that they’ll be welcoming passengers into safe, hygienic cabins.
Of course, any plan and schedule still hinge on the countries’ recovery timelines, which is why we will continue to update this list regularly. In the meantime, you can revisit your abandoned travel plan, find out if your favorite airline is flying again, and hope for the best.
Disclaimer: At the time of writing, a majority of borders in the world are still closed off and many airports are still not fully operating. Please check the border status of your destination before planning your trip.
Aeroflot has resumed regular flights from Moscow to Almaty (Kazakhstan), Baku (Azerbaijan), Yerevan (Armenia), Delhi (India) as well as increasing frequency of flights to Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan), Minsk (Belarus), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan).
Moscow – Almaty has resumed from 12 February once a week, on Fridays. Return flights will operate on Saturdays.
Moscow – Nur-Sultan service has resumed from 10 February with twice-weekly flights on Wednesdays and Sundays. Return flights will operate on Thursdays and Sundays.
Moscow – Baku route has resumed from 17 February, on Wednesdays and Sundays. Return flights will operate on Mondays and Thursdays.
Moscow – Yerevan route has resumed from 15 February, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Return flights will operate on Mondays, Sundays and twice (two flights) on Thursdays.
Moscow – Delhi route has resumed from 12 February, on Fridays and Sundays. Return flights will operate on Saturdays and Mondays.
All surfaces in the aircraft cabin are disinfected with specially trained staff thoroughly cleaning the cabin before each flight and carry out additional preventive disinfection once a week. Each aircraft has a supply of face coverings and a universal prevention kit for anti-epidemic measures. In the lavatories, ordinary soap has been replaced with antibacterial soap.
On-board air conditioning systems renew cabin air every 2–3 minutes. All Aeroflot aircraft are equipped with powerful HEPA filters guaranteeing fresh and near-sterile air. Following new regulations, filters are now replaced even more often.
Air Asia has resumed domestic and a few international flights in its Southeast Asian market.
AirAsia Indonesia: The budget airline has expanded its domestic routes in Indonesia to popular destinations, such as Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Bandung, Pontianak and more.
AirAsia Malaysia: The airline is resuming service to states allowing Inter-state travel under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Federal Territory, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Terengganu
Thai AirAsia: AirAsia is set to reinstate all 40 domestic routes in Thailand from April 2021.
Philippines AirAsia: Philippines AirAsia has added more routes for domestic flights, and reintroduced Manila – Kuala Lumpur – Manila route for international service.
AirAsia India: The airlines have expanded on their network by launching new domestic routes in October
All AirAsia guests will be required to bring their own mask and wear it before, during and after the flight. To ensure that the highest standards of safety and hygiene are maintained at all times, AirAsia has enacted several pre-flight and in-flight measures that thorough disinfection of all planes, social distancing starting from check out counters, and temperature checks for passengers and cabin crew.
Air France is increasing its service to the French Overseas Departments this summer. Up to 56 flights will operate every week between these destinations and the two Paris airports, providing connections to the airline’s entire short, medium and long-haul network. Details as follows:
Flight schedule 2021 summer season:
To/from Pointe-à-Pitre: 18 weekly direct flights
- 11 weekly direct flights on departure from Paris-Orly
- 7 weekly direct flights on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle
To/from Fort-de-France: 14 weekly direct flights
- 7 weekly direct flights on departure from Paris-Orly
- 7 weekly direct flights on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle
To/from Cayenne: 10 weekly direct flights
- 7 weekly direct flights on departure from Paris-Orly
- 3 weekly direct flights on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays as from 2 April 2021
To/from Saint-Denis de La Réunion: 14 weekly direct flights
- 7 weekly direct flights on departure from Paris-Orly
- 7 weekly direct flights on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle as from 6 April 2021
Air France received 4 stars in the audit carried out in December 2020 by Skytrax, an international air transport rating organization. Passengers are required to wear a surgical mask upon arrival at the airport and for the duration of the flight.
Cabin air is renewed every 3 minutes by way of an air recycling system consisting of HEPA filters identical to those used in operating theatres, which trap 99.9% of particles. Additionally, vacuuming of carpets and all seats, as well as headcovers are observed. Cleaning and disinfection of all contact surfaces: trays, armrests, seat belts, entertainment screens, remote controls, overhead baggage racks, windows, door handles, etc.
All Nippon Airways
Currently, All Nippon Airways is servicing 47 international routes.
Bangkok, Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Honolulu, Houston, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Mexico City, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Phnom Penh, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Singapore, Sydney, Vancouver, Vienna, Vladivostok, Washington D.C., Yangon.
Temporary changes to the following flight routes as announced by the airline include the following:
Narita – Manila: 7 flights a week from March 2 to April 1
Haneda – Taipei: 2 round trips per week (Mon and Fri), from April 1 to June 30
Haneda – Bangkok: 6 flights per week (NH 847) and 7 flights per week (NH 850)
All passengers and staff are required to wear face masks/shields throughout the journey. Cabin air is renewed every 3 minutes by way of an air recycling system consisting of HEPA filters identical to those used in operating theatres, which trap 99.9% of particles. Additionally, vacuuming of carpets and all seats, as well as headcovers are observed. Cleaning and disinfection of all contact surfaces: trays, armrests, seat belts, entertainment screens, remote controls, overhead baggage racks, windows, door handles, etc.
The airline announced limited international network for the remainder of 2020 through summer 2021.
Charlotte (CLT) – Frankfurt (FRA) Service resumes summer 2021
CLT – London (LHR) Service resumes winter 2020
CLT – Munich (MUC) Service resumes winter 2020
Chicago (ORD) – Barcelona (BCN) Service resumes summer 2021
ORD – Dublin (DUB) Service resumes summer 2021
ORD – Paris (CDG) Service resumes summer 2021
Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Beijing (PEK) Service resumes summer 2021
DFW – Buenos Aires (EZE) Service resumes winter 2020
DFW – Lima (LIM) Service resumes winter 2020
DFW – Sao Paulo (GRU) Service resumes winter 2020
DFW – Rome (FCO) Service resumes summer 2021
DFW – Santiago (SCL) Service resumes summer 2021
DFW – Tel Aviv (TLV) Service launches winter 2021
Los Angeles (LAX) – Auckland (AKL) Service launches winter 2021
LAX – LHR Service resumes winter 2020
LAX – Sydney (SYD) Service resumes summer 2021
New York (JFK) – CDG Service resumes winter 2020
JFK – BCN Service resumes summer 2021
JFK – EZE Service resumes winter 2020
JFK – Rio de Janeiro (GIG) Service resumes winter 2021
JFK – GRU Service resumes winter 2020
JFK – Madrid (MAD) Service resumes summer 2021
JFK – Milan (MXP) Service resumes summer 2021
Miami (MIA) – CDG Service resumes summer 2021
MIA – GIG Service resumes winter 2020
MIA – GRU Service resumes Aug. 6, 2020
MIA – MAD Service resumes summer 2021
MIA – SCL Service resumes Aug. 5, 2020
Philadelphia (PHL) – Amsterdam (AMS) Service resumes winter 2020
PHL – DUB Service resumes winter 2020
PHL – LHR Service resumes winter 2020
PHL – Manchester (MAN) Service resumes summer 2021
PHL – MAD Service resumes winter 2020
PHL – CDG Service resumes summer 2021
PHL – FCO Service resumes summer 2021
PHL – Zurich (ZRH) Service resumes summer 2021
Phoenix (PHX) – LHR Service resumes winter 2020
Raleigh (RDU) – LHR Service resumes winter 2020
Seattle (SEA) – Bangalore (BLR) Service launches winter 2021
SEA – LHR Service launches summer 2021
SEA – Shanghai (PVG) New service subject to government approval
The adjustment came to match low demand and to focus on markets that will serve customers better.
Additionally, American Airlines has announced new destinations to route map with nonstop service from Miami (MIA) to Paramaribo, Suriname and adds new flight from MIA to Tel Aviv (TLV) beginning in June.
Airline increases capacity to Latin America and the Caribbean with additional frequencies from MIA to the Caribbean starting in April; and new service from Charlotte (CLT), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX) starting June.
To prepare for the flight resumption, the airline has introduced a slew of enhanced cleaning procedure and adjusted service. The cleaning in both customer and crew areas will use a disinfectant approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and mask-wearing flight attendants will be distributing sanitizing wipes to passengers. Additionally, AA has also now required passengers to wear mask onboard.
In a statement on its website, Cathay Pacific has rolled out their April through May schedules, reminding users that these new adjustments will be subject to changes made to government travel restrictions in the coming weeks.
Cathay Pacific will operate flights to 14 destinations: Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, Jakarta, Surabaya, Osaka, Tokyo, Manila, Singapore, Bangkok, London.
The airline is doubling down on their precautionary measures with additional disinfecting of their planes and cabins, along with thorough cleaning of their lounges. To provide peace of mind to passengers, contactless check-in and boarding have been introduced. Thorough sanitization of all surfaces – from in-flight screens to air conditioning controls between every flight. A modified meal service designed to reduce contact with crew and the temporary suspension of the pre-meal bar and pre-poured drinks (drinks will still be available throughout the flight)
While Delta Airlines continues to serve US domestic routes, its international service has been slashed significantly. Starting July, it will operate more flights.
U.S. Domestic & Canada
Delta will continue to add more nonstop flights between major hubs like Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City. The airline is also adding service for Florida and throughout the West Coast.
Delta will continue to operate a limited schedule for Minneapolis, Detroit and New York-JFK serving as Delta’s main gateways to destinations like Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Winnipeg. Delta will also continue service to Vancouver from Seattle.
Latin America & Caribbean
The airline looks to serve leisure travelers with gateway routes to Cancun, Los Cabos, Montego Bay, Nassau, St. Thomas and Punta Cana.
Delta also plans to resume high-demand routes in the Caribbean like Aruba, St. Maarten, St. Lucia and Puerto Rico.
Flights between John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo will operate four times weekly. Delta is now operating to 36 destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Delta is adding four-times weekly service from Boston to Amsterdam and daily service from Seattle to Amsterdam.
Delta is continuing existing service from Detroit to Charles de Gaulle, Atlanta to London-Heathrow, Atlanta and New York-JFK to Paris, and service from Atlanta, Detroit, JFK to Amsterdam, Atlanta to Frankfurt, and JFK to Tel Aviv.
Delta will offer quarantine-free flights from New York-JFK to Milan Malpensa airport starting April 2, 2021, a day after it launches to Rome Fiumicino. The services will enable customers eligible to travel to Italy to avoid the mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival, following a rigorous testing protocol before and after travel.
The airline will serve weekly flights from Atlanta to Seoul-Incheon, joining the existing service from Detroit and Seattle. Delta will also continue to operate service to Tokyo-Haneda from Detroit and Seattle.
Delta will also operate service to Shanghai (via Seoul – Incheon) from both Detroit and Seattle. Service from each city will operate two weekly flights.
Delta is making a commitment to the new standards of cleanliness onboard. Several special measures have been taken to uphold this, for example, expanding electrostatic sanitizing to all aircraft and extensive pre-flight disinfection to all high-touch areas. The airline also now requires passengers to wear mask at all time, following its new rule regulating mask wear among employees.
Emirates will be adding more routes to its service around the world, bringing it to over 100 destinations in 2021.
The airline reminds passengers that there are stringent entry restrictions in place upon arrival in Dubai which require all passengers arriving into Dubai from any point of origin to hold a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Emirates ensures that all planes are properly sanitized and disinfected upon landing at any airport, and the cabin crew will be outfitted with protective suits.
Etihad has resumed flights to Doha following the signing of the historic peace accord which effectively re-integrates Qatar into the region. Effective 15 February 2021, Etihad has operated daily flights to the Qatari capital utilizing an Airbus A320 and a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
The airline is now operating flights to over 60 destinations while also operating transfer flights via Abu Dhabi serving several destinations in the Indian Subcontinent, Asia and Australasia, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and North America.
Etihad has adopted additional cleaning measures on ground and onboard. All planes are disinfected upon arrival, and all utensils and surfaces are sterilized. The airplanes are also fitted with High-Efficiency Particle Filters (HEPA), which eliminates more than 99.8% of all airborne microbes, including dust, germs and pathogens.
Lufthansa group will be expanding to resume 90% of short and medium-haul routes and 70% of long-haul destinations. Around 90 flights a week are planned to Asia, over 45 to the Middle East and over 40 to Africa. In a statement, the airline is also rolling out summer vacation routes for 2021.
Starting on March 29, there will be three weekly flights from Frankfurt to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and starting on March 31, twice-weekly flights from Frankfurt to Mombasa (Kenya) with onward flights to Zanzibar (Tanzania). Mauritius and Malé in the Maldives will also be on the flight schedule for this year’s summer.
Certain key transatlantic routes are being reinstated in the summer 2021 schedule. Swiss will resume service on the Miami – Zurich route beginning March 28, with up to five weekly frequencies. Up to seven weekly services will also be offered between Boston – Zurich from May 1 onwards, and up to five weekly services will be offered from Los Angeles – Zurich from May 2. In May, Austrian Airlines will once again be flying three times a week to New York’s JFK and Montreal, both to and from Vienna.
Lufthansa claims that the air onboard is cleaner than outside on the ground, thanks to its hospital-grade filters. Along with stringent cleaning regiment, the airline also requires passengers to wear masks throughout their flight.
Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM)
The Royal Dutch Airlines saw a restrictive winter season last year as the airline struggle with the effects of the pandemic. Intercontinentally, KLM served 80% of its destinations at 60% capacity.
The airline has endeavored to keep their cabins safe for passengers. A few important measures being taken include seat blocking, simplified catering offerings to minimize contacts, and mouth caps and protective gloves worn by crew members. All passengers are required to wear masks during boarding and flying.
Qatar Airways has once again soared in the skies of the Middle East as the signing of the historical peace accord signifies the renewal of travel and trade relations between Qatar and the rest of the region.
Travellers may once again harness the extensive international routes being offered by the airline as it resumes its US, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia network to over 130 destinations. Some destinations are scheduled to resume flights or increase frequencies:
- Bucharest (three weekly flights)
- Copenhagen (increased to 10 weekly flights)
- Madrid (increased to 10 weekly flights)
- Manchester (increased to 17 weekly flights)
- Singapore (increasing to double daily flights)
- Sofia (three weekly flights)
- Stockholm (increased to 10 weekly flights)
Additionally, starting from 27 January 2021, Qatar Airways has begun to provide two daily flights to Dubai International Airport (DXB).
- QR1018 Doha 19:00 – 21:10 Dubai
- QR1002 Doha 01:00 – 03:10 Dubai
- QR1003 Dubai 05:30 – 05:40 Doha / Dubai 06:00 – 06:10 Doha
- QR1019 Dubai 22:40 – 22:50 Doha
To ensure that passengers will return with peace of mind, Qatar Airways maintains the highest possible hygiene standards. The efforts include the regular disinfection of aircraft, outfitting the aircraft with the most advanced air filtration systems, equipped with industrial-size HEPA filters that remove 99.97% of viral and bacterial contaminants from re-circulated air.
The airline is a proud recipient of the 5-Star COVID-19 Safety Rating by Skytrax, the first airline in the world to have achieved this monumental feat. Qatar Airways has also achieved the Diamond Standard in the Airline Passenger Experience Association’s (APEX) Health Safety Powered by SimpliFlying audit.
Qatar Airways is also poised to incorporate yet another groundbreaking safety feature in the form of 100% Touch-Free ‘Zero-Touch’ In-flight Entertainment Technology across its A350 fleet. The Zero-Touch technology will enable A350 passengers to pair their personal electronic devices with their seat-back IFE screen by connecting to ‘Oryxcomms’ Wi-Fi and simply scanning a QR code displayed on the screen.
All the airline’s onboard linen and blankets are thoroughly washed and pressed at microbial lethal temperatures, while its headsets are rigorously sanitized after each flight.
Ryanair announced three new international routes and extra flights between the UK and Greece for this summer starting from 1st July as follows:
- Preveza – Stansted, 2 weekly flights
- Stansted – Zakynthos, 2 weekly flights
- Stansted – Santorini, 2 weekly flights
Additionally, Ryanair also announced a new Birmingham to Poznan route starting from 3 July 2021, flying twice a week as part of Ryanair’s UK Summer 2021 schedule.
Ryanair is mandating all passengers and staff to wear masks for the entirety of the flight. State of the art air filtering system is also being utilized to keep the cabin’s air clean. All aircraft are professionally cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis which is effective for over 24 hours.
Singapore Airlines and SilkAir have resumed services and are offering round-trip flights on reduced schedules to several major cities in certain regions.
Southeast Asia routes: Bandar Seri Begawan, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Da Nang (one way to Singapore), Hanoi (one way to Singapore), Ho Chi Minh City (one way to Singapore), Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Cebu and Manila, and more
North Asia routes: Chongqing, Nanjing, Seoul, Shanghai, Hongkong, Osaka, Taipei, Tianjin, Fukuoka, and Tokyo – Narita, Wuhan, and more
West Asia & Africa routes: Dhaka, Male, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Johannesburg, Lagos, Mauritius, Nairobi, Zanzibar, and more
South West Pacific routes: Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland, Christchurch, and more
Europe: Frankfurt, Paris, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Milan, Istanbul, Barcelona (via Milan), Zurich, and London – Heathrow, and more
United States routes: Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), Seattle and more
Singapore Airlines assures a clean cabin for everyone; among others, this includes thorough cleaning where commonly-touched surfaces are disinfected. Lavatories are cleaned with high-strength disinfectants. And cabin surfaces are treated with a long-lasting antimicrobial coating.
Additionally, the air is filtered by utilizing High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, which remove more than 99.9% of the microbes in the air. Cabin air is also refreshed every two to three minutes throughout the flight.
The airline also has a few adjustments to its usual service to maintain high standards of cabin hygiene, which include replacing all headsets, headrest covers, pillow covers, bedsheets and blankets after every flight. Linens are laundered at high temperatures to sanitize them. Headsets are also disinfected and packed individually with hygienic covers.
United Airlines will continue to add more international routes in March, resuming service on nearly 30 international routes, including flights to Asia, India, Australia, Israel and Latin America and to continue to add ways to visit popular vacation destinations in the Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico.
In order to provide safe and healthy experience during flight, United has implemented rigorous sanitation efforts that include electrostatic spraying on all international flights and using HEPA filter. All employees on board and passengers are required to wear facial covering.