We've seen a rapid acceleration of the impact of Covid-19 on global aviation and tourism. The World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a global pandemic on Wednesday 11 March, as cases continue to rise. An increasing number of countries are now closing their borders – most significantly, the US, where a travel embargo from the UK came into force on Tuesday 17 March.
Though this was expected, it has accelerated the sharp and continual drop in demand for flights across our network.
The safety and wellbeing of our people and our customers is always our number one priority. Given the unprecedented circumstances and the severity of the outlook, we have had to take immediate action to significantly reduce our flying schedule.