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Airlines Adupts to Europe Travel Ban

On Wednesday 11th March the US announced a 30-day travel ban on travelers arriving from Europe (Schengen countries) which will take effect today, Friday 13th March.

Delta is adjusting its domestic and international flying to align with expected demand trends. The airline will reduce its planned systemwide capacity by 15 percent compared to what was previously scheduled.

Delta will operate a nearly full schedule of flights from continental Europe to multiple U.S. gateways through Sunday, March 15, to ensure eligible customers can return to the United States as the airline responds to a new U.S. government travel directive.

After Sunday, Delta will fly a significantly reduced U.S.-Europe schedule while monitoring customer demand. Delta will continue to help customers affected by these schedule adjustments, including notifying those whose flights have been impacted by these changes.

Air France’s flights to and from the United States are operating as normal on 13 March 2020. From 14 to 28 March 2020 included, Air France plans to continue operations to Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York JFK, San Francisco, and Washington. At this stage, Air France is awaiting clarification from the US authorities on the possibility to continue service to Miami, Boston, and Houston.

Despite the new travel guidelines ordered by the US administration on passengers from the European Union, Switzerland, and other countries, Lufthansa Group Airlines will continue to offer flights to the USA from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Belgium.

Following the recent announcement of the US Department of Homeland Security on travel restrictions to the US, Brussels Airlines has no other option than temporarily suspending all its flights to New York JFK as from 14 March until further notice. Until further notice, the Belgian airline continues operating its four weekly frequencies to Washington. New York continues to be served by other airlines within the Lufthansa Group, via Frankfurt and Zurich.

Austrian Airlines is changing its flight schedule to the United States. From Saturday 14 March there will no longer be any direct flights from Vienna to the USA until further notice, with the exception of Chicago.

New York (Newark/EWR) will remain accessible via the Lufthansa hub in Frankfurt and the SWISS hub in Zurich. Both airlines will also continue to fly to Chicago.

SAS will operate according to normal schedule 13 March 2020. From 14 March 2020 SAS will continue to operate with a reduced schedule between Copenhagen and Chicago and New York and between Stockholm and New York. Flights between Copenhagen and San Francisco will be operated according to schedule until 17 March 2020. SAS operations to other US destinations will be suspended from 15 March 2020 until 31 March 2020.

The process of canceling flights to/from the US will be performed over a period of time (2-3 days) starting 13 March 2020. This is due to system limitations as all carriers operating between Europe and the US cancel their flights at the same time.

Following the U.S. ban, Norwegian will cancel the majority of our long-haul flights to the U.S. from Amsterdam, Madrid, Oslo, Stockholm, Barcelona, and Paris from March 13th to March 29th. From March 13th to the end of May, all flights between Rome and the U.S. will be canceled. From March 29th until the end of April, all Norwegian flights from Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam, Athens and Oslo to the U.S. will be canceled.

French boutique airline LaCompagnie will continue to operate its normal schedule off lights through March 18 to ensure French and American passengers who are currently traveling are able to return to their destination of origin. However, only American citizens and permanent legal residents and their families will be able/permitted to travel from Paris Orly between March 14 and March 18, 2020.

Furthermore, the launch of the seasonal NewYork-Nice service is being pushed to June 1st, 2020.





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