Three of the world's top airlines faced up to winter blues on Friday (October 30).
With bookings hammered by global lockdowns and travel restrictions, British Airways-owner IAG said it would drive down its cost base.
New CEO Luis Gallego is sticking to a policy of cutting employee and supplier costs to survive low travel numbers.
IAG said it had cut cash operating costs by 54% from original plans to 205 million euros per week - or nearly $240 million - during July-September.
It's a move seen as key to the airline surviving during the winter with very low travel.
Operating loss for the quarter came to about $2.2 billion.
A warning sign about the coming months also came from Air France-KLM.
The carrier unveiled a $1.24 billion quarterly loss Friday.
And it warned of worse to come as new global lockdowns brought fresh travel curbs.
Revenue in the third-quarter fell 67% to just over $2.9 billion.
Like IAG, Air France-KLM plans to reduce costs.
As part of that it will cut 9,000 full-time positions this year - with 4,500 more to go by 2022.
It was no better in Asia for Japan Airlines, either.
Japan's second-largest carrier forecast a record operating loss for the year through to March of between $3.2 to $3.6 billion.
Its overseas flights have been mostly empty this year and domestic bookings around half what they were last year.