Russia Stops All International Flights, Even for Repatriation


An Aeroflot aircraft in the skies. Russia’s national carrier had been flying special trips to repatriate citizens stranded due to the coronavirus crisis. Aeroflot

Skift Take: Russia had already closed its borders to foreigners. But its sudden stop of all flights risks stranding many citizens abroad and preventing people from leaving the country.

— Sean O’Neill

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Feds Come to Rescue of Flyers With Hardball Mandate to U.S. Airlines on Refunds

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JetBlue will have to offer more refunds to customers. Pictured is one of the airline’s Airbus A320 jets. Dave Montiverdi / Flickr

Skift Take: Crisis or not, the U.S. government made it clear that airlines owe refunds to a lot of customers. Airlines don’t want to see cash go out the door, so look for more carriers to take creative approaches to try to buy passengers off and keep them from asking for their money back.

— Brian Sumers

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