Last updated 12 January 2021
Several months into the global pandemic, situations seem to be looking up for some countries. While 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.
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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, and more.
AirAsia Malaysia: The airline is waiving flight change fee and fare difference for flights between 13 and 26 January 2021 in order to support the government’s interstate travel ban.
Thai AirAsia: Starting from 10 August 2020, Thai AirAsia planes are now operating from Suvarnabhumi airport and Don Mueang airport.
Philippines AirAsia: Starting from July 2020, 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.
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.
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 three flights per week to 12 destinations: London (Heathrow), Los Angeles, Vancouver, Tokyo (Narita), Taipei, New Delhi, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore and Sydney.
Cathay Dragon will operate three flights per week to 3 destinations: Beijing, Shanghai (Pudong), and Kuala Lumpur.
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, they have temporarily suspended trolley services in First and Business class and serving meals on a single tray; and providing a snack bag and hot snack service in Premium Economy and Economy class. Hot towels, pillows, blankets, magazines and inflight duty-free sales have also been temporarily suspended.
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.
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.
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 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 a total of 94 destinations by October.
The airline reminds users that there are stringent entry restrictions in place upon arrival in Dubai which includes: a mandatory DHA test on arrival, a mandatory 14 day quarantine and a follow up test before release. Meanwhile, Emirates ensures that all planes are properly sanitised and disinfected upon landing at any airport, and the cabin crew will be outfitted with protective suits.
The airline announced that they are planning to operate flights to over 60 destinations in winter. They’re 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 sterilised. 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.
By the end of October, 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 next year, 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 in summer from 2021.
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 mask throughout their flight.
Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM)
The Royal Dutch Airlines in a statement said that KLM’s winter schedule will be a lot more restricted than it was in the same period last year. 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. Per 11 May 2020, all passengers are required to wear mask during boarding and flying.
Qatar Airways has announced multiple routes resumption in US, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia, bringing its network to 100 destinations by October. Some destinations are scheduled to resume flights or increase frequencies:
- Bucharest (three weekly flights starting 16 October)
- Copenhagen (increased to 10 weekly flights from 12 October)
- Madrid (increased to 10 weekly flights from 12 October)
- Manchester (increased to 17 weekly flights from 12 October)
- Singapore (increasing to double daily flights from 25 October)
- Sofia (three weekly flights starting 16 October)
- Stockholm (increased to 10 weekly flights from 12 October)
To ensure that passengers will return with a 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.
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.
Singapore Airlines and SilkAir will operate a limited service from June to July 2020. The plan sees the airline 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
North Asia routes: Chongqing, Seoul, Shanghai, Hongkong, Osaka, Taipei, Fukuoka, and Tokyo – Narita
West Asia routes: Dhaka, Male, Kathmandu, Johannesburg.
South West Pacific routes: Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland, Christchurch
Europe: Frankfurt, Paris, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Milan, Istanbul, Barcelona (via Milan), Zurich, and London – Heathrow
United States routes: Los Angeles, New York (JFK)
Singapore Airlines assures customers that every SIA and SilkAir aircraft undergoes a thorough cleaning process using approved strong disinfectant to clean all common areas.
The airline also has a few adjustments to its usual service to maintain high standards of cabin hygiene, which include suspension of our hot towel service, as well as the removal of menu cards and inflight magazines on all flights. Passengers, cabin crew and pilots now are required to wear mask throughout the flight. They will also be subjected to health check prior to flying.
United Airlines will continue to add more international routes in November, 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.