GOL Reports That April Passenger Numbers Haven’t Fallen

Today, Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes shared that its aircraft were almost as full last month as they were…

GOL Reports That April Passenger Numbers Haven’t Fallen

Today, Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes shared that its aircraft were almost as full last month as they were a year ago. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak rocking the aviation industry, the Brazilian outfit’s planes were 80 percent occupied on average during April, compared with 81 percent in the same month last year.

Gol is seeing the majority of the seats on its aircraft filled up despite the pandemic. Photo: Boeing

How do the numbers compare?

Reuters reports that these results sharply contrast with Aeromexico, which is the region’s only other carrier to have reported traffic figures for last month. The flag carrier of Mexico’s planes were 48 percent occupied in April, whereas they were 82 percent full a year ago.

Additionally, United States-based carriers have been impacted so much that they have been seeing flights with just one passenger. Regardless, it won’t be physically possible for some operators to reach the same numbers as Gol due to new hygiene measures in place.

Delta Air Lines has blocked all of its middle seats. Therefore, aircraft with three seats on each side of the aisle won’t be more than 67 percent full. Even though Gol’s 129 Boeing 737s are configured in this way, the firm does not have plans to introduce the same methods. However, it will make the wearing of masks compulsory from May 10th.

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The interior of a Gol Boeing 737 plane. Photo: Boeing

Still facing challenges

Even though each jet is still seeing positive numbers on board, the total passenger activity for Gol is not nearly as healthy. Just like the majority of other commercial airlines across the globe, it has been forced to suspend several of its services.

Additionally, much of its fleet remains on the ground due to ongoing travel restrictions. It flew approximately 39 operations a day in April, which is 94 percent fewer than a year ago.

Many members of the airline’s staff remain active. Therefore, there could be a spike of coronavirus cases within the company. Nonetheless, Gol CEO Paulo Kakinoff states that this has not happened so far. With most of its crew members exposed every single day, there have been eight cases of the virus across the company in total.

The firm reported a net loss of $419.28 million (2.3 billion reals) in the first quarter. However, it states that it has enough cash to last the rest of 2020.

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Government figures have been taking up several of the seats on its flights over the last few weeks. Photo: Boeing

The demand is there

Gol’s reporting highlights that there is still a demand for air travel among the population. Additionally, São Paulo authorities are have shared that they are struggling to enforce quarantine rules. So, once restrictions are lifted, it won’t be a surprise to see several passengers flock to buy tickets, naturally increasing the demand for increased frequencies.

Simple Flying reached out to Gol about its passenger activity across its operations. A spokesperson shared that the carrier does not have any additional comments about the subject.

What are your thoughts on Gol’s passenger numbers for April? Do you see the same results repeating this month? Let us know what you think of the situation in the comment section.

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Turkish Airlines Eyes Gradual Flight Resumption From June

Turkish Airlines is planning to bring its commercial traffic back to the skies, as the airline has drafted…

Turkish Airlines Eyes Gradual Flight Resumption From June

Turkish Airlines is planning to bring its commercial traffic back to the skies, as the airline has drafted a flight plan for the coming three months. It will begin with a 60% capacity to domestic destinations and international flights to 22 destinations in 19 countries in June. The Istanbul-based airline will then increase operations gradually over the following two months, slowly re-establishing its extensive network.

Turkish Airlines is planning to have commercial services back in the air from June. Photo: Getty Images

75 weekly international flights in June

As reported by Anadolu Agency, Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines plans to gradually resume services next month. Sources told the media outlet on Wednesday that the carrier has drafted a flight plan for June, July, and August. 

According to the plan encompassing the next three months, Turkish Airlines will at first begin flying internationally to 22 destinations in 19 countries – Canada, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Belarus, Israel, Kuwait, Georgia, and Lebanon.

Flights to these destinations will amount to 75 per week in June. In July, international destinations and weekly flights will increase to 103 and 572 respectively, while the numbers for August are 160 and 937. Depending on travel restrictions, of course.

Domestically, the carrier intends to operate 60% of flights in June, adding destinations throughout the following two months.

Simple Flying has sought a comment on the plans from Turkish Airlines but was yet to receive any information at the time of publishing.

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Turkish Airlines will have its fleet back in the air flying to 19 countries in June. Photo: Getty Images

Rebuilding an extensive international network

In a pre-corona reality, Turkish Airlines had one of the most extensive networks in the world, with 50 domestic and 246 international destinations in 123 countries. However, all of the carrier’s commercial flights have been suspended since midnight on the 4th of April. International flights were halted even earlier, starting on the 28th of March.

For the Turkish economy, getting its Istanbul-based national carrier back into the swing as part of recommencing business-as-near-usual cannot come a day too soon. The country’s exports slumped an entire annual 41% in April, according to Bloomberg, and its currency the Lira is nearing a record low. 2020 had previously indicated growth for Turkey’s BNP, but now it is looking at its second year of recession in a row.

Meanwhile, not all Turkish Airlines aircraft have been sitting idle on the tarmac. About a third of the carrier’s fleet has been busy lately operating a staggering amount of repatriation flights, bringing back nearly 25,000 Turkish citizens from abroad on 195 flights over nine days.

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About one-third of Turkish Airlines’ fleet has been busy with repatriation flights. Photo: Getty Images

#ThrowForwardThursday

The last we heard about its schedule, Turkish Airlines stopped all of its regular commercial traffic until the 28th of May, after previously intending to restart operations late April. Hopefully, this time, the date will not be pushed back any further. Today might be Wednesday, but we will take a note from Turkish Airlines’ crisis-campaign of #ThrowForwardThursday and begin to dream about traveling again. Possibly even within the next few months. It will surely involve face masks and temperature screenings, but so be it.

 

Where do you want to travel to when passenger planes are once more able to fly more or less freely?  And do you think Turkish Airlines’ three-month plan is feasible? Let us know in the comments. 

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