Grounded

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IS AVIATION THE HIGHEST PROFILE CASUALTY OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC?

Aviation is arguably the highest profile casualty of the coronavirus pandemic, and the impact has been enormous. All around the globe, airports that were once thriving busy places are lying virtually dormant. The previously crowded terminals are silent, the planes are parked in neat rows and no-one knows if air travel will ever be the same.

The aviation crisis in Australia has driven the nation’s second major carrier to the point of collapse. Examining the battle to keep the airline going, the underlying reasons for its vulnerability, and the rationale driving the federal government’s refusal to step in and offer direct support, this compelling profile is a fascinating business case-study.

This investigative special also examines how an industry, a ‘lifeblood’ of the worldwide economy, can be so quickly and easily shut down. And, as airlines all over the world struggle to work out how to put passengers back in the skies safely and affordably, Grounded asks the question – what is the future of flying and how will airlines find a viable business model?

A Four Corners story

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Four Corners
Australian Broadcasting Corporation