64 global airlines have completely stopped flying scheduled flights due to travel bans, airspace closures, and low demand for travel — see the full list

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  • Airlines the world over are seeing their wings clipped by travel bans, airspace closures, and low demand for travel.
  • European, Asian, and Middle Eastern continue to restrict air travel and make operating flights impossible for some airlines.
  • Most airlines are scheduled to resume operation in mid-April, with some not planning to take to the skies again until May or June.
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Airlines around the world are choosing to ground flights rather than fly empty aircraft as the COVID-19 crisis continues to affect the skies, with some airlines being bound by a government mandate to stay grounded.

Travel bans and airspace closures also have contributed to the temporary suspensions of over 50 airlines, ranging from global national carriers to small regional airlines. While demand for travel is already at a record low, airlines are struggling to find airports to land at with entire nations shutting down their borders in a desperate attempt to prevent an outbreak of the virus that has infected thousands and shown little regard for national boundaries.

With air travel the primary means of the virus’ spread, airlines are the first target of nations attempting to protect their citizenry.

European, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries primarily have seen their airlines temporarily shutdown, with some of the world’s largest airlines forced to cancel countless flights and leaving travellers rushing to get in the air before it’s too late. In the US, airlines have greatly reduced operations but many still operate as the country’s airspace remains open.

Take a look at which airlines won’t be gracing the world’s skies in the near future.


Air Antwerp

aviation-images.com/Universal Images Group/GettyA Fokker 50 propeller aircraft similar to the one used by Air Antwerp.

Belgium’s Air Antwerp announced that it will be cancelling all of its flights from March 22 until April 12.

The temporary suspension of operations, the airline stated, is due to measures taken by the Belgian government to restrict travel, especially as the European Union voted to close its external borders.


Air Arabia

ReutersAn Air Arabia Airbus A320.

Air Arabia announced the suspension of its operations from March 25 as a United Arab Emirates government directive prohibits passenger flights from arriving in the country.

The Sharjah-based airline did not say when it plans to resume operations.


Air Astana

REUTERS/Shamil ZhumatovAn Air Astana Boeing 767-300ER.

Kazakhstan’s Air Astana announced the suspension of operations until mid-April following a government state of emergency restricting flights in the country.

The mandate affects all Kazakhstan airlines but Air Astana will be operating limited non-scheduled repatriation flights for residents and citizens.


Air Baltic

Benjamin Zhang/Business InsiderAn Air Baltic Airbus A220.

Air Baltic announced that it will suspend all operations as the government of Latvia, where the carrier is based, has decided to largely close its borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in its country. The carrier will cease operations from March 17 until April 15, including in Estonia and Lithuania where it has secondary bases.


Air India

Fabrizio Gandolfo/SOPA Images/LightRocket/GettyAn Air India Boeing 777-300ER.

Air India is temporarily ceasing operations as Indian airspace is closing on March 25, according to a government press release.

The closure affects all of India’s airlines and foreign airlines flying to or through the subcontinent.


Air India Express

Philip Lange / Shutterstock.comAn Air India Express Boeing 737-800.

Air India Express is temporarily ceasing operations as Indian airspace is closing on March 25, according to a government press release.

The closure affects all of India’s airlines and foreign airlines flying to or through the subcontinent.


Air Madagascar

Air Madagascar.An Air Madagascar aircraft.

Air Madagascar announced the suspension of all flights as its island homeland attempts to prevent a coronavirus outbreak.

The African airline will be suspending flights for a month between March 20 and April 20.


Air Malta

Nicolas Economou/NurPhotoAn Air Malta Airbus A320.

Air Malta announced on Wednesday that it will be suspending operations beginning just before midnight on Friday until further notice.

The suspension comes as the Maltese government is suspending all commercial flight traffic to the island nation in an attempt to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.


Air Moldova

Vytautas Kielaitis / Shutterstock.comAn Air Moldova Embraer regional aircraft.

Air Moldova will be suspending operations until April 1, Routes Online reported, per government mandate.

The suspension primarily affects flights from the airline’s Chisinau hub to European and Middle Eastern destinations.


Air Serbia

APAn Air Serbia Airbus A330.

Air Serbia announced the suspension of its operation following restrictions placed on international air traffic from the Serbian government. The airline primarily operates within Europe with one long-haul route between Belgrade and New York.


Air Transat

Rebius/ShutterstockAn Air Transat Airbus A330.

Air Transat announced that all flights will be gradually cancelled until April 30. The move comes as the Canadian government and European Union, as well as Caribbean nations served by Air Transat, are closing national borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Air Asia

MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/GettyAn Air Asia Airbus A320.

Multiple AirAsia subsidiaries have announced the suspension of services due to multiple travel bans.

AirAsia’s Philippines subsidiary announced the cancellation of all international and domestic flights from March 20 to April 14. The move came following a Philippine government directive halting air travel in the country to prevent a coronavirus spread.

AirAsia India will also be suspending operations from March 25 as the Indian government moved to close down domestic airspace.


Austrian Airlines

LEONHARD FOEGER/ReutersAustrian Airlines aircraft on the ground in Vienna.

Austrian Airlines announced a temporary suspension of flights for a 10-day period starting March 18.

The airline was the first in the Lufthansa Group to entirely suspend operations, with its last flight operating from Chicago to Vienna on Wednesday night.


Avianca

ReutersAn Avianca Airlines plane is seen at the Monsenor Oscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Luis Talpa.

South American carrier Avianca announced the suspension of all flights starting March 25. The carrier is speeding up a previously planned drawdown of service, grounding its passenger fleet until April 12.


Blue Air

SpaceKris / Shutterstock.comA Blue Air Boeing 737-800.

Romania’s Blue Air announced the suspension of all passenger operations as its home country instituted a state of emergency due to the spread of COVID-19. Scheduled flights are expected to resume in mid-April with emergency charter flights operating until then.


Brussels Airlines

Francois Lenoir/ReutersBrussels Airlines Airbus A320 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines, one of the smallest national airlines in the Lufthansa Group, announced it will be suspending operations between March 21 and April 19.

The suspension comes as the European Union has voted to close external borders and various countries within the political bloc have experienced outbreaks of COVID-19 that have decimated the demand for travel.


Cabo Verde Airlines

Fabrizio Gandolfo/SOPA Images/LightRocket/GettyA Cabo Verde Airlines Boeing 757.

Cabo Verde Airlines announced it will be suspending all flights for at least 30 days as its archipelagic homeland attempts to shield itself from the novel coronavirus.

The newly-rebranded airline situated in Cape Verde off of the coast of Africa had recently implemented a strategy based on connecting the continents of North America, South America, Africa, and Europe via Cape Verde.


Cayman Airlines

Cayman Airways is suspending operations as the Cayman Islands government has announced the closure of Owen Roberts International Airport and Charles Kirkconnell International Airport for international passenger flights from March 22.

The closure will remain in effect until April 12 and affect the majority of Cayman’s operations.


Cebu Pacific Air

Erik de Castro/ReutersA Cebu Pacific Air Airbus A320.

Cebu Pacific Air announced all flights will be cancelled between March 19 and April 12. The low-cost airline joins other Philippines airlines in cancelling flights in the country per government mandate.


Comair – British Airways

Nadezda Murmakova / Shutterstock.comA Comair Boeing 737 in British Airways’ livery.

South Africa’s British Airways franchisee Comair is suspending operations per presidential directive on March 26. Comair along with subsidiary carrier Kulula will be grounding flights until April 19.


Copa Airlines

APCopa Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft.

Copa Airlines said in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the airline is planning to reduce capacity by 80% in April. The airline, based in Panama at the crossroads of the Americas, primarily connects passengers transiting between the two continents as well as Central America.

The airline later announced the full suspension of operations per Panamanian government restrictions on international travel. Copa will be grounded until April 22 starting on March 23.


CSA Czech Airlines

MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/GettyA CSA Czech Airlines Airbus A319.

CSA Czech Airlines announced it will be cancelling all flights to its hub in Prague as the Czech government is closing its borders and preventing citizens from travelling abroad.

The government ban in an attempt to prevent an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the Czech Republic is scheduled to remain in effect from March 16 until April 11.


EgyptAir

ReutersAn EgyptAir Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

EgyptAir announced the suspension of operations due to Egyptian government closures of airports in the North African country. Egyptian air traffic will be restricted until the end of March.


Emirates

ReutersMembers of cleaning staff in protective suits board an Emirates Airbus A380 to disinfected it against the coronavirus, in Dubai.

Emirates announced that passenger flights from March 25 will be suspended per a UAE government directive prohibiting passenger flights. The Dubai-based mega carrier did not specify when flights will resume.


Etihad Airways

Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/GettyAn Etihad Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Etihad Airways announced all passenger flights will be suspended as the UAE attempts to curb the spread of COVID-19 by restricting passenger traffic. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier said the situation will be re-evaluated in two weeks following the mandate taking effect.


FlyOne

Markus Mainka / Shutterstock.comA FlyOne Airbus A319.

Moldova’s FlyOne will be suspending all operations until the end of March, the airline announced on Monday, per a government mandate to restrict air travel.

Flights are scheduled to resume on April 1.


Flydubai

Lindsey Wasson/Reutersflydubai’s Boeing 737 Max 8 grounded.

UAE low-cost carrier Flydubai will be suspending operations per a government mandate restricting air travel in the country. The suspension will remain in effect from March 25 to April 7.


IndiGo

ReutersAn IndiGo Airbus A320 aircraft is pictured parked at a gate at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

Indigo is temporarily ceasing operations as Indian airspace is closing on March 25, according to a government press release. The closure affects all of India’s airlines and foreign airlines flying to or through the subcontinent.


Jet2.com

shutterstock/ErnestRoseA Jet2.com Airbus A320.

The UK’s Jet2.com announced the suspension of all flights until the end of April. The leisure airline connects secondary cities in the UK with leisure destinations across Europe, notably to Spain where cases of COVID-19 have risen sharply.


Jetstar Airways

ReutersA Jetstar Airways Airbus A320 aircraft.

Multiple divisions of Asian-Pacific low-cost airline group Jetstar will be suspending operations. Jetstar Asia announced on Wednesday it will be suspending flights for three weeks from March 23 to April 15.

The Singapore-based airline was initially impacted by the initial outbreak of coronavirus as it suspended flights to mainland China and is now citing further travel restrictions imposed by national governments.


Kulula

Francois De Bruyn / Shutterstock.comA Kulula Boeing 737-800.

South African low-cost carrier Kulula is suspending operations per presidential directive on March 26. Kulula along with parent carrier Comair announced the grounding of flights will last until April 19.


Kuwait Airways

Gustavo Ferrari/APKuwait Airways signage at Kuwait International Airport.

Kuwait Airways announced the indefinite suspension of flights in line with a government mandate banning international flights to Kuwait.

The city-state was among the first in the Middle East to begin restricting access at the start of the COVID-19 spread outside of China, particularly when it reached Iran.


La Compagnie

La CompagnieA La Compagnie Airbus A321neo.

French boutique airline La Compagnie announced that it would be suspending operations until the president’s travel restrictions are lifted. The entirely business-class airline operates two routes from the French cities of Paris and Nice to Newark, New Jersey.

La Compagnie expects to resume operations once the ban expires with one daily flight between Newark and Paris on April 15 while pushing back the launch of seasonal Newark-Nice service until June 1.


Lauda

LEONHARD FOEGER/ReutersA Lauda Airbus A320.

Ryanair subsidiary Lauda announced the suspension of operations until April 30. The airline’s parent company Ryanair has nearly grounded the entirety of its fleet, offering its services for relief flights.


LOT Polish Airlines

Soos Jozsef / Shutterstock.comA LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

LOT Polish Airlines announced the suspension of its operations in Poland and Hungary following a directive from the Polish government to close its borders in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Polish flag carrier primarily operates flights from a base in Warsaw with a secondary base in Budapest, Hungary.

Flights are planned to cease on March 29 and resume on April 12.


Luxair

Soos Jozsef / Shutterstock.comA Luxair Embraer regional jet.

Luxembourg’s Luxair is suspending flight operations for nearly a month’s time starting March 24. The airline’s home country sits between France and Germany, where COVID-19 cases began to rise following the virus’ spread to Europe via Italy.


Middle Eastern Airlines

Mohamed Azakir/ReutersA Middle East Airlines Airbus A320.

Lebanon’s Middle East Airlines is be suspending operations from March 19, the airline announced, as the Lebanese government attempts to prevent the larger outbreak of coronavirus in its borders.

The number of cases remains low in the country but neighbouring Jordan and Israel have already taken drastic measures to prevent outbreaks.


Montenegro Airlines

Fabrizio Gandolfo/SOPA Images/LightRocket/GettyA Montenegro Airlines Fokker 100.

Montenegro Airlines will be cancelling all flights until April 1,Reuters reported, as its home country attempts to prevent a coronavirus outbreak.

The country is one of many in Europe taking similar actions by restricting access to its borders.


Philippine Airlines

Romeo Ranoco/ReutersA Philippine Airlines Airbus A330.

Philippine Airlines announced a temporary suspension of all flights until mid-April. Domestic flights had previously been suspended with international flight suspensions taking effect on March 26.

The cancellations are in response to a directive from the Philippine government, which has implemented strict measures regarding travel since the first outbreak in Wuhan, China in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus.


Porter Airlines

REUTERS/Mark BlinchA Porter Airlines Bombardier Dash 8 Q400.

Porter Airlines announced that it will be suspending operations until June as Canada and the US agreed to close their border and the Canadian government is advising self-isolation.

The Canadian regional airline primarily operates flights in eastern Canada as well as transborder services from Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport.


Qazaq Airlines

Zhorov Igor / Shutterstock.comA Qazaq Air Bombardier Dash 8 Q400.

Kazakhstan’s Qazaq Air announced the suspension of operations until the end of March following a government state of emergency restricting flights in the country. The mandate affects all Kazakhstan airlines.


Royal Air Maroc

Morocco’s Royal Air Maroc announced the indefinite suspension of all its flights from March 21. The flag carrier of the North African country, a popular tourist destination, is suspending the flights due to a government mandate.


Royal Jordanian Airlines

Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/GettyA Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Royal Jordanian Airlines announced it would suspend all of its flights from Amman starting on March 17, becoming the first Middle Eastern airline to temporarily cease flying due to the spread of the virus. The suspension will remain in effect until the end of March.

The Jordanian flag carrier was forced to cancel the flights as the kingdom attempts to prevent an outbreak within its borders, the Jerusalem Post reported.


RwandAir

REGIS DUVIGNAU/ReutersA RwandAir Airbus A330neo aircraft.

Africa’s RwandAir announced the suspension of flights for a month’s period starting on March 20. The move came following a government mandate restricting flights into the country.


TAME

Almazoff / Shutterstock.comA TAME Ecuador Airbus aircraft.

Ecuador’s TAME announced the suspension of all flights for a two-week period beginning March 17. The South American country has been proactive in restricting international visitors, going as far as to place vehicles on the runway at Guayaquil’s main airport to prevent landing aircraft.


SA Express

South African AirwaysA South African aircraft.

South Africa’s SA Express announced that it will be suspending all of its flights beginning March 18. The state-owned airline did not state when flights would resume.


SpiceJet

ReutersA SpiceJet passenger aircraft is seen after it overshoot the runway while landing on Tuesday night at the airport in Mumbai

India’s SpiceJet is temporarily ceasing operations as Indian airspace is closing on March 25, according to a government press release. The closure affects all of India’s airlines and foreign airlines flying to or through the subcontinent.


Starlux

TYRONE SIU/ReutersStarlux Airlines.

Taiwan’s Starlux Airlines is suspending operations, One Mile at a Time reported, as the airline temporarily discontinues its sole route between Taipei and Da Nang, Vietnam.

The newly-established airline had suspended its other routes at the beginning of the outbreak and was down to only one route before the decision was made to suspend the service.


Sunwing Airlines

Fabrizio Gandolfo/SOPA Images/LightRocket/GettyA Sunwing Airlines Boeing 737-800.

Canada’s Sunwing Airlines has announced that it will be suspending flights between March 17 and April 9.

The suspension comes as Canada is largely closing its borders amid fears of a coronavirus outbreak.


Thai Lion Air

APA Thai Lion Air Boeing 737 Max.

Thai Lion Air announced the suspension of flights starting March 25 until mid-April. The move comes following a government mandate restricting both domestic and international flights.


Transavia

REUTERS/Charles PlatiauA Transavia Airbus A320 passenger jet makes its way on the tarmac before taking off at Orly airport, near Paris.

Franco-Dutch low-cost airline Transavia, a member of the Air France-KLM Group, will be suspending operations indefinitely, reported La Tribune.

The bi-national airline group announced a large scale back in operations that saw a reduction of flights for both Air France and KLM, as well as regional airlines offering flights on the airlines’ behalf.


Ukraine International Airlines

Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesA Ukraine International Airlines plane pictured in New York’s JFK airport in November 2018.

Ukraine International Airlines announced all flights across its network will be suspended until April 3, with the exception of chartered repatriation flights. The move comes as the Ukraine government closed its borders to non-residents.


Uzbekistan Airways

Dmitry Feoktistov/TASS/GettyAn Uzbekistan Airways Airbus A320.

Uzbekistan Airways announced that all international flights operated by the airline will be suspended from March 17 until April 5.

The move comes per the Uzbekistan government after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the country.


Vistara

Nasir Kachroo/NurPhoto/GettyA Vistara Airbus A320neo.

India’s Vistara is temporarily ceasing operations as Indian airspace is closing on March 25, according to a government press release. The closure affects all of India’s airlines and foreign airlines flying to or through the subcontinent.


Yemenia

SALEH AL-OBEIDI/AFP/GettyA Yemenia Airbus wide-body aircraft.

Yemen’s Yemenia announced the suspension of flights for a period of two weeks starting March 18.

The suspension came per a Yemeni government mandate restricting flights to the Middle Eastern country.


Airlink

Francois De Bruyn / Shutterstock.comAn Airlink Embraer E190 aircraft.

South Africa’s Airlink is suspending operations from March 28 until April 20, according to its website. Domestic services within South Africa, in which the airline specialises, have been greatly impacted by the government implementing three-week travel restrictions lasting into late-April.


EasyJet

ReuterseasyJet aeroplanes are pictured at Tegel Airport in Berlin.

UK low-cost carrier EasyJet has grounded its entire fleet, the BBC reported, as Europe remains on lockdown. Over 300 of the carrier’s planes have been grounded in the UK where cases of the virus are skyrocketing and even affecting the country’s leaders and royalty.


Winair

Markus Mainka / Shutterstock.comA Winair aircraft in Saint Martin.

The Caribbean’s Winair has suspended all flights until at least April 6, according to its website. The carrier primarily provides short-haul intra-island flights to various Caribbean islands with a notable base in Dutch Sint Maarten.


Tigerair Australia

John Mackintosh / Shutterstock.comA Tigerair Australia Airbus A320.

Australian low-cost airline Tigerair Australia is suspending flights entirely as government restrictions impede its operation. The suspension was announced by the airline, a subsidiary of Virgin Australia, on March 31 with no relaunch date as of yet.


SunExpress

Markus Mainka / Shutterstock.comA SunExpress Boeing 737-800.

Turkey’s SunExpress is suspending operations until the end of April. The announcement came as the Turkish government introduced travel restrictions on domestic and international flights affecting numerous airlines in the country.


Bahamasair

Ivan Cholakov / Shutterstock.comA Bahamasair Boeing 737.

Bahamasair has suspended operations indefinitely, the airline’s website reported, in an attempt to mitigate a spread of COVID-19 to the Bahamas. The archipelagic nation just 60 miles from South Florida is a popular tourist destination for North Americans and Europeans, two citizenries heavily affected by the virus.


El Al Israel Airlines

Benthemouse / Shutterstock.comAn El Al Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

El Al Israel Airlines is suspending flights between March 27 and April 4, the Israeli flag carrier announced on its website.

The government of Israel has been struggling to contain the novel coronavirus as the country is a popular destination for tourists and religious pilgrims, with numerous travel restrictions being implemented by the government to prevent a worse outbreak.


Harbour Air

JL IMAGES / Shutterstock.comHarbour Air seaplanes in Vancouver.

Canada’s Harbour Air is suspending operations for the entire month of April, according to its website, with plans to relaunch operations on May 4. The move comes as Canada is tightening its self-isolation and stay at home restrictions to prevent a viral outbreak.


Fastjet Zimbabwe

InsectWorld / Shutterstock.comA Fastjet Zimbabwe Airbus A320 aircraft.

Zimbabwean low-cost carrier Fastjet Zimbabwe is suspending operations until mid-April, the airline announced.FlightGlobal reported that neighbouring South Africa’s travel restrictions took a large toll on Fastjet’s operation and contributed to the suspension.

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