Travel industry news 4th week June

It's Sunday again, time for an overview of what has happened during the week in the travel industry.

Travel industry news 4th week June


Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) grounded 150 pilots due to fake licenses

PIA grounded 150 of their pilots, apparently more than 30% of civilian commercial pilots in Pakistan have fake licenses or cheated on their licensing exams, and are not fully qualified to fly passenger planes.

This decision was taken after a preliminary report into a PIA plane crash that killed 97 people in the southern city of Karachi on May 22.

According to the report the pilots were discussing coronavirus throughout the flight and were not focused. The pilots were told three times by air traffic controllers that the plane was too high, and they should not attempt to land, but they proceeded with trying to land — without lowering the landing gear. The aircraft touched the runway surface on its engines, causing sparks and irreparable damage. The pilots pulled the plane back into the air, but the damaged engines failed and caused the plane to crash

American Airlines will no longer block middle seats

American Airlines, which has been blocking half the middle seats in economy since April for social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic, said it will end the practice on July 1. The airlines will continue to notify customers and allow them to move to more open flights when available, all without incurring any cost.

American isn't the first airline to do so. United and Spirit airlines are already booking flights to capacity.

Southwest, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue are still blocking middle seats or restricting the number of seats for sale on each flight.


List of countries that are allowed to enter the EU

The EU published a draft list of countries, from which the travel ban will be lifted for tourists. It could be expected that these bans will work vice versa:

  • Algeria
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China – based on reciprocity
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay

Lufthansa's shareholders accept government rescue deal

The package provides for stabilization measures and loans of up to 9 billion euros. The WSF will make silent capital contributions of up to 5.7 billion euros to the assets of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. It will also establish a 20 percent stake in the share capital of Deutsche Lufthansa AG by way of a capital increase. This capital increase was approved at an Extraordinary General Meeting.

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