- As the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spreads globally, airlines are cancelling routes beyond Chinese territory both as a precaution and to stop the spread of the virus.
- Iran and South Korea are among the top countries where airlines are cancelling service due to increased reports of the virus.
- The cancellations and reductions in service can be felt as far as Europe and North America.
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Airlines and countries are continuing to restrict travel following the spread of the novel coronavirus outside the borders of Chinese territory.
With increased cases of coronavirus being reported in countries near and far from China including South Korea, Italy, and Iran, numerous routes around the world are being cut to prevent the further spread of the disease.
The reductions in service are caused by a mix of low-demand and government mandate restricting travel to certain regions. Middle Eastern and Asian countries are among those being the most proactive in attempting to stem the spread of the virus as it finds its way across their regions.
While most services are being cut on routes within those regions, the effects of the virus on air travel can be felt as far as North America.
Here’s a list of airlines that have cut back services due to the spread of coronavirus.
Air Busan is cutting service to numerous cities across Asia and Oceania, according to the airline’s website, as coronavirus continues to afflict South Korea. Among those destinations affected are Taipei; Da Nang, Vietnam; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Hanoi, Vietnam; Laos, Vietnam; Cebu, Philippines; Boracay, Philippines; Siem Reap, Cambodia; Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; Vladivostok, Russia; Guam; and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
The airline has also cut services to Daegu, South Korea, where the coronavirus is rapidly spreading.
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand is cancelling flights between its base in Auckland and Seoul, South Korea from March 8 to June 30 as coronavirus spreads in the Asian country, the airline announced.
The route is the Kiwi flag carrier’s sole route between New Zealand and South Korea, with Korean Air left as the only operator on the route during Air New Zealand’s suspension.
Air Seoul is cutting flights to seven destinations outside of China, the airline announced, with cancellations to Guam, Da Nang, Vietnam; Hanoi, Vietnam; Nha Trang, Vietnam; Boracay, Philippines; Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; and Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Korean budget airline was among many to cut service between Korea and Vietnam as health authorities attempt to prevent the spread of the virus, The Star reported.
The city of Daegu has the highest reported cases of coronavirus in South Korea, Reuters reported, prompting Korea’s two largest airlines to stop service entirely to the city.
Air Arabia’s route between Bahrain and Sharjah was affected by a temporary 48-hour ban of flights between Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
Bahrain initiated the temporary restriction that affected flights to Dubai and Sharjah, Bahrain’s state news agency announced reported, on February 24.
The airline was also affected by a UAE government ban on service to Iran, forcing it to cancel flights to Tehran, the airline announced on its website.
Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines has suspended service on its Minneapolis-Seoul route, the airline said in a news release, as South Korea struggles to contain the virus. The route is operated daily by Delta’s newest aircraft, the Airbus A350-900 XWB, with Delta having strong ties with South Korean flag carrier Korean Air and numerous routes to Seoul.
The airline serves Seoul primarily from its Asian gateways including Atlanta, Detroit, and Seattle, which will see reduced service, with plans to start service between the South Korean capital and Manila at the end of March.
With concerns about the virus spreading throughout northern Italy, Delta also suspended its New York-Milan route until May, according to a news release issued by the airline. The airline’s year-round service to Rome has not yet been affected, but seasonal service to Venice has been pushed back until May 1 and travel waivers are in effect for the entirety of the country.
Delta later announced it would be reducing service to Japan, including reducing service to Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka, as well as suspending a recently opened route between Seattle and Osaka.
Bamboo Airways is suspending flights between Vietnam and South Korea, the airline announced, in response to the spread of coronavirus on the Korean peninsula.
The Vietnamese carrier operates two routes between Vietnam and South Korea between Da Nang, Vietnam and Seoul and Nha Trang, Vietnam and Seoul.
South Korea’s Jin Air is cutting services from Busan and Seoul to cities in Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Guam, Japan, Malaysia, and Taiwan, according to Routes Online.
The reductions and cancellations are planned until the end of March.
Vietnam Airlines announced on its website that it will be suspending all services between Vietnam and South Korea to prevent the continued spread of coronavirus.
The Vietnamese flag carrier was one of the first airlines in Southeast Asia to reduce flights to the Korean Peninsula following an outbreak of the virus there.
Korean Air has suspended all flights to Daegu, South Korea Reuters reported, which it serves from Jeju, South Korea, and Seoul, because of the severity of coronavirus cases in the city. The Korean flag carrier has selectively cut services to cities outside of China including Taipei, Taiwan, and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the airline listed on its website.
The airline has also cancelled services to Tel Aviv, Israel according to FlightAware data, following an incident where Israel refused to allow South Koreans into the country.
T’Way Air cancelling and reducing flights to numerous cities across Asia and Oceania, according to the airline’s website. Among those countries affected are Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, the Philippines, Japan, Saipan, and Guam.
The reductions in service are in effect until the end of March.
Philippine Airlines has cancelled flights to Taiwan following a government ban, the airline reported on its website. The cancellations will extend until the end of March.
Singapore Airlines and SilkAir
Singapore Airlines and its subsidiary SilkAir will be cutting services across their networks, including destinations as far away as the US, the airline announced on its website.
Among those countries affected are the US, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the UK, South Korea, Taiwan, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Nepal, the Maldives, Japan, India, Bangladesh, and France.
Iraqi Airways is suspending flights to neighbouring Iran, Reuters reported, as coronavirus cases grow in the Middle East. The coronavirus spread to Iran and high-ranking government officials were infected with the disease.
The airline will also have to cease service to Bahrain as the government of the island nation has banned flights from Lebanon and Iraq, Arabian Business has reported.
Jazeera Airways is suspending its flights to Iraq and Iran following a government mandate that blocked flights between Kuwait and numerous countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, the New York Times reported.
The Kuwaiti airline operates flights to Najaf, Iraq, and Mashhad, Iran from its main base in Kuwait City.
Kuwait Airlines is cancelling flights to Italy, Thailand, Iran, and Iraq following a government ban on flights to Kuwait from those countries, the New York Times reported.
The Kuwait flag carrier currently serves Rome; Milan, Italy; Bangkok, Thailand; Tehran, Iran; and Mashhad, Iran with upcoming plans to serve Shiraz.
Thai International Airways is cutting services between Thailand and South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and the United Arab Emirates, the airline reported on its website, until the end of March.
The cities affected include Seoul, Busan, South Korea, Dubai, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Manila, Philippines, Nagoya, Japan, Fukuoka, Japan, and Singapore.
Japan Airlines is cutting flights between Tokyo and South Korea affected the Tokyo-Seoul and Tokyo-Busan routes, the airline’s website listed.
Also affected is the airline’s Kansai-Taipei route until mid-March.
Oman Air joined its Middle Eastern colleagues in suspending service to Iran following a directive from Oman’s aviation regulator, its website stated. The airline currently operates a single route to Iran between Muscat, Oman, and Tehran.
Turkish Airlines and AndalouJet
Turkish Airlines is suspending service to all Iranian cities except for Tehran, the airline reported on its website.
The suspension will remain in effect until March 10. Subsidiary carrier AndalouJet will be forced to cancel all flights to the country as well due to a government ban on commercial flights between Turkey and Iran, the Andalou Agency reported.
The airline later included South Korea, Iraq, and Italy to its list of countries to which it will cease service until March 10, according to an airline press release.
Emirates has been forced to cancel flights on two routes, Dubai-Tehran and Dubai-Bahrain, because of government restrictions in the UAE and Bahrain, according to its website.
While the cancellations on the Bahrain route are only in effect until February 29, the Tehran cancellations are until further notice.
FlyDubai was forced to cancel flights between Dubai and cities in Iran due to a government mandate, according to its website.
The low-cost airline also cancelled flights between Dubai and Bahrain for a 48-hour period starting February 24 due to restrictions from the Bahrain government on flights to the United Arab Emirates, the airline stated on its website.
Gulf Air was among those affected by the Bahrain government’s 48-hour restriction on flights between Dubai and Bahrain, the airline said on its website, forcing the flag carrier to cancel flights during the period.
The airline operates numerous flights a day on the 263-nautical mile route competing with FlyDubai, Emirates, and Cathay Pacific.
Gulf Air will also have to cease service to Lebanon and Iraq as Bahrain government is banning flights to the two Middle Eastern countries, Arabian Business has reported.
Already affected by a lack of demand for travel to Hong Kong amid coronavirus fears and anti-China protests, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific was affected by a 48-hour ban on flights between Dubai and Bahrain, with the airline’s website reporting its service cancelled during the time period.
Royal Jordanian Airlines is suspending flights between Amman and Rome, the airline announced, as coronavirus spreads across northern Italy.
The Jordanian flag carrier operates the route along with Alitalia, which operates flights seasonally, and will be suspending flights indefinitely, leaving no airline scheduled to fly between the two capitals until Alitalia resumes service in May.
MIAT Mongolian Airlines
MIAT Mongolian Airlines is forced to cancel flights to South Korea following a government ban on flights from the country,Reuters reported. The Mongolian flag carrier currently serves Seoul from its base in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar.
Fly Baghdad will be forced to cancel its flights between Iraq and Bahrain due to a Bahrain government ban on flights from Iraq and Lebanon, Arabian Business reported.
The airline currently connects Bahrain with Najaf, Iraq.
El Al Israel Airlines
El Al Israel Airlines cancelled a flight to Milan, the Times of Israel reported, on Thursday morning as coronavirus continues to impact Northern Italy.
Israel has been proactive in attempting to prevent the spread of the virus to its borders, going as far as to deny entry to South Korean visitors, but is seeing a rise in cases pop up from travellers who have visited hot spots for coronavirus such as Italy, the National Post reported.
The Times of Israel reported that El Al may be on the brink of collapse due to reduced travel demand and warnings from the government regarding non-essential travel outside of the Middle Eastern country. As the flag carrier of the Jewish state, El Al’s primary function is to facilitate travel to and from the country, with less emphasis on connecting traffic.
Hawaiian Airlines is suspending its service between Honolulu and Seoul, the airline said in a press release, citing the rise in coronavirus cases in South Korea. The unofficial flag carrier of the archipelagic US state will suspend the flights from early March until the end of April.
Hawaii is a popular tourist destination for Asian vacationers and its home airline serves multiple countries on the continent from its Honolulu hub using its Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Hawaiian Airlines is the second airline to cancel service to Asia outside of Chinese territory due to the virus behind Delta Air Lines which suspended Minneapolis-Seoul service and reduced flights to Seoul from its other Asian gateways.
British Airways is reducing frequencies on its routes to South Korea, Italy, and Singapore, Reuters reported, citing low demand. All countries have been reduced demand due to reported cases of coronavirus.
The airline later announced that some flights between the UK and US will be cancelled due to a reduction in demand, Sky News reported. Regional flights throughout Europe are slated to be affected.
Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines will be forced to cancel flights to Iran after Turkey banned travel between the two countries, according to Andalou Agency reported. The airline currently serves the Iranian capital of Tehran from neighbouring Turkey.
Qatar Airways is suspending service to Iranian cities and reducing its capacity on flights to South Korea, only accepting passengers with onward connections beyond Doha, according to an airline press release. Situated across the Persian Gulf from Iran, Qatar Airways serves numerous destinations in the country including Tehran, Shiraz, and Mashhad.
Pakistan International Airlines
Pakistan’s flag carrier has suspended flights to China and Japan, according to the Pakistan Observer, with services to Tokyo and Beijing affected. The suspensions will last until March 15.
Iran Air, along with other Iranian airlines, will be forced to cancel international flights on select routes to countries that have closed its borders to the country, as Al Arabiya reported.
Iran has reported numerous cases of the virus, making it one of the largest hot spots for coronavirus outside of China.
Iran Aseman Air
Iran Aseman Air will be suspending international routes to destinations in countries that have banned connections to Iran, as Al Arabiya reported.
Mahan Air will be forced to suspend international flights to certain countries that are barring flights to Iran, as Al Arabiya reported, due to an outbreak in the country that has affected even its top leaders.
The carrier, one of Iran’s largest, has not stopped flights to mainland China, however, with FlightRadar24 data showing the airline operating flights between Shanghai and Tehran.
Qeshm Air joins its fellow Iranian carriers in being banned from operating international flights to select destinations, as Al Arabiya reported, forcing it to cancel flights on those routes.
Oman’s SalamAir will be suspending flights to Iran following a government directive restricting flights between the two countries, the airline announced on its website. One of Oman’s largest carriers, SalamAir serves Shiraz, Meshad, and Tehran in Iran.
Bulgaria Air will be suspending service between Sofia and Milan until the end of March, Reuters reported, as coronavirus spreads across Northern Italy. With the Bulgarian flag carrier pulling out from the route temporarily, there will be no air link between Milan and Sofia until service is resumed.
Iran’s Kish Air will be suspending certain international routes to countries that have banned flights from Iran, as Al Arabiya reported. The airline serves regional destinations throughout the Middle East.
Capsian Airlines will have to suspend select international routes to countries where flights from Iran have been banned to prevent the spread of coronavirus, as Al Arabiya reported.
Iran’s Taban Air will be forced to suspend routes to countries that have restricted access from the Middle Eastern country citing a rise in reported coronavirus cases, as as Al Arabiya reported.
ATA Airlines will join its Iranian colleagues in cutting routes on select international routes to countries that have restricted flights from the country, as Al Arabiya reported that multiple countries have closed borders with Iran.
Iran Air Tours
Iran Air Tour will be forced to cancel its international flights to Turkey, its only destination outside of Iran, as the country has severed air links with Iran as coronavirus cases grow, the Andalou Agency reported.
The Iranian airline serves three destinations in Turkey from cities across Iran, according to its route map.
Iran’s Zagros Airlines will be forced to suspend international routes to countries that have barred flights from Iran citing coronavirus concerns, as Al Arabiya reported.
The airline primarily serves destinations in the Middle East and Central Asia, according to its website.
United Airlines became the third US carrier to suspend routes outside of Chinese territory on Friday when it announced that numerous routes to Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan would be suspended or see reduced service, the company told Business Insider.
The airline is suspending service from Los Angeles and Houston to Tokyo’s Narita Airport from March 8 until April 24 and Chicago and Tokyo’s Narita Airport from March 8 until March 27. Service to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, which is expected to see new service from scores of foreign airlines at the end of March, is unaffected.
Other routes to Asia will see reduced service or aircraft downgrades until the end of August including Newark-Tokyo, Honolulu-Tokyo, San Francisco-Kansai, San Francisco-Singapore, San Francisco-Seoul, and San Francisco-Taipei.
United later announced in an email sent to Business Insider that it would be reducing its international and domestic flying schedule by 20% and 10%, respectively. The Chicago-based airline, which was among the most proactive in cutting services to Asia following the spread of the virus, now becomes the first major US legacy airline to reduce its domestic schedule.
Specific routes to be affected by the schedule reduction have not yet been announced.
Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Aeroflot Russian Airlines is suspending some routes to South Korea from cities in Eastern Russia, according to Routes Outline, until the end of March due to government restrictions.
The Russian cities of Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk will be affected by suspended routes to the South Korean cities of Seoul and Busan.
Russia’s S7 Airline is suspending service from Russia to Seoul until the end of March, according to the airline’s website, due to Russian government restrictions on service to South Korea, joining colleagues Aeroflot and Yakutia.
Routes from Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, and Vladivostok to the South Korean capital are affected.
Russian airlines Yakutia is suspending service to Seoul from its hub in Yakutsk, according to Routes Online, due to Russian government restrictions on flights to South Korea.
The airline is one of three Russian airlines suspending service from eastern Russian cities to the South Korean capital as coronavirus spreads across the Korean Peninsula.
Taiwan’s China Airlines is suspending service on routes between Taiwan and South Korea, according to Routes Online, until the end of March.
Routes between Taipei and Busan; Taipei and Seoul; and Kaohsiung and Seoul are affected.
Tigerair Taiwan is suspending numerous routes between Taipei and South Korea, according to the airline’s website, as coronavirus spreads across the Korean Peninsula.
Routes between Taipei and Busan, Jeju, Daegu, and Seoul are affected until the end of March and early April.
CSA Czech Airlines
Czech Airlines is suspending its Prague-Seoul route, according to Routes Online, as more coronavirus cases are reported in South Korea.
The suspension will last indefinitely, with Korean Air to take over as the sole carrier on the route.
Ethiopian Airlines is reducing frequency on its route from Addis Ababa to Seoul with onward service to Tokyo, according to Routes Online, until mid-March.
The African carrier currently flies between the three cities five times weekly and is reducing service to four times weekly on March 2.
Garuda Indonesia is reducing service on its route between Jakarta and Seoul, according to Routes Online, until mid-March.
The Indonesian flag carrier is scaling back service to five times weekly down from daily service.
Jetstar Airways is suspended service between Gold Coast, Australia, and Seoul, according to the airline’s website, until the end of June. The low-cost carrier’s suspension on the route starts on March 8.
The airline’s Japan division is also suspending service on its Tokyo-Taipei route until the end of March, the airline’s website stated.
LOT Polish Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines is reducing service on its Budapest-Seoul route, according to Routes Online, until the end of March as coronavirus continues to spread across the Korean Peninsula.
The Polish flag carrier, which is growing service out of underserved Budapest in nearby Hungary, is scaling back service to twice weekly from three times weekly.
Lao Airlines is suspending service on its route between Vientiane, Laos, and Seoul for the month of March, according to Routes Online.
The Laotian national airline connects the two capitals cities with daily service.
EVA Air and UNI Air
Taiwan’s EVA Air and subsidiary UNI Air are suspending and reducing service on numerous routes from Taiwan to Japan and South Korea, according to Routes Online.
In Japan, the cities of Tokyo, Aomori, Hakodate, Komatsu, Matsuyama, Nagoya, Sapporo, and Sendai are seeing suspended or reduced service while Seoul is seeing suspended and reduced service from Kaohsiung and Taipei in Taiwan.
Japan’s Peach Aviation is suspending numerous routes from cities across Japan to destinations in Taiwan, South Korea, and Thailand, the airline announced on its website.
Most of the suspensions are in effect until the end of March and affect Seoul, Bangkok, and Taipei.
British low-cost carrier EasyJet is reducing its frequencies to Italy from mid to late March, the airline confirmed to Business Insider in an email statement.
“We can confirm that we have taken the decision to cancel a number of flights mainly to and from Italy following a slowing in demand as a result of concerns over COVID-19,” EasyJet spokesperson Katie Kershaw said in an email.
Italy has seen a spike in coronavirus cases in its northern regions, causing British Airways to reduce frequencies to Milan.
Thai AirAsia joined its Thai colleagues in reducing service between its home country and South Korea, according to Retail News Asia.
Thailand has been very proactive in attempting to prevent the spread of coronavirus to its border and multiple Thai airlines have cancelled flights to coronavirus hotspots.
Australian flag carrier Qantas has been cutting frequencies on routes to Asia as demand slows due to the spread of coronavirus, the airline stated in a news release. Among those countries affected are Singapore, Japan, and Thailand.
German airline conglomerate Lufthansa Group announced that flights would be cut across the short and medium-haul route networks of subsidiary airlines by up to 25% including the namesake flag carrier Lufthansa, according to a company press release. Flights to Seoul from the airline’s German bases will also be reduced, the airline announced.
Specific information on which routes beyond South Korea, Italy, Iran, and China will be affected wasn’t given by the Lufthansa Group but airlines operating under the Lufthansa brand are vital in connecting countries across the continent with bases in Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, and Turkey.
Lufthansa operates flights across the affected network from its main bases in Frankfurt, Germany, and Munich. Germany. In addition to originating and departing traffic, the cities are often used as intermediary points en route to further destinations both across Europe and beyond.
The Lufthansa Group later announced it would cease flying to Tel Aviv on all subsidiaries except Brussels Airlines until the end of March due to restrictions from the Israel government barring entry for residents of certain European countries. Airlines cancelling flights include Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, and Swiss International Air Lines.
Brussels Airlines will likely be affected by the Lufthansa Group’s announcement to temporarily cut services across the short and medium-haul route networks of subsidiary airlines announced on Friday in a company news release. One of the group’s smallest subsidiary airlines, Brussels Airlines acts as Belgium’s national carrier primarily connecting Europe, North America, and Africa through Brussels.
The airline recently announced it would be cutting services to northern Italy as reported coronavirus cases continue to climb in the region. Additional route suspensions or reductions have yet to be announced.
Swiss International Air Lines
Though the airline hasn’t officially announced any route suspensions or reduction in frequencies, Swiss International Air Lines is likely to see reduced operations on its short and medium-haul routes. Swiss’ parent company Lufthansa Group announced a reduction of short and medium-haul by up to 25% across all member airlines, with the Swiss flag carrier operating an extensive short and medium-haul route network throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa from bases in Zurich and Geneva.
According to a Lufthansa Group press release, the airline will likely see services to Italian cities be among the first to be suspended or reduced.
SWISS is one of the Lufthansa Group carriers affected by the company’s announcement to suspend flying to Israel until the end of March. The move comes following Israeli government restrictions on passengers entering the country from certain European countries.
Another Lufthansa Group airline, Austrian Airlines will likely be scaling back short- and medium-haul flights following an announcement from its parent company. The Austrian flag carrier operates flights throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East from its Vienna hub.
The airline announced on Monday that 40 per cent of its offering to Italian destinations have been cut until the end of April, with continued suspensions to Iran and China.
Austrian will also be suspending service to Israel for the month of March due to Israeli government restrictions of residents of Austria, parent company Lufthansa Group announced. The airline connects Vienna and Tel Aviv with three daily flights.
Eurowings, the low-cost subsidiary airline of the Lufthansa Group, will also likely be affected by the announcement from its parent company that short and medium-haul flights operated by subsidiary airlines will be reduced by up to 25%. The low-cost airline has bases across Europe and is Lufthansa Group’s response to the rise of European low-cost carriers such as Ryanair and EasyJet.
The airline has already reduced frequencies to Italy, according to a Lufthansa Group press release. The cities of Bologna, Venice, and Milan are currently affected.
Air Dolomiti, the Italian subsidiary airline of the Lufthansa Group, will likely be affected by an announcement from its parent company that short and medium-haul flights across the group’s airlines will be reduced.
With a base in Munich that connects with numerous Italian cities, the airline is among the most vulnerable to a reduction in demand for flights to Italy as coronavirus cases remain on the rise.
Cebu Pacific Air
Cebu Pacific Air is cancelling flights from the Philippines to South Korea as the Filippino government issues restrictions on travel between the two countries, the airline announced on its website.
Services from Manila, Cebu, and Kalibo in the Philippines will be affected until the end of April.
South Korea’s Eastar Jet is suspending services on routes across Asia, according to Routes Online, as reported coronavirus cases in the country grow.
The airline initially announced an adjustment to its route network before coronavirus spread to the Korean Peninsula and affected Asian cities outside of China, but announced on Monday it would now be suspending services to Japan.
Uzbekistan Airways is cancelling flights to numerous regions affected by coronavirus including Japan, Italy, and South Korea, the airline announced on its website. Central Asian countries, concerned about the spread of coronavirus into the region as the virus spreads across nearby Iran, have closed borders and severed air links to shield themselves.
The Uzbek flag carrier was also forced to cancel flights to the Saudi Arabian cities of Jeddah and Medina from its hub in Tashkent due to restrictions from the Saudi government, an airline press release stated.
European low-cost carrier Wizz Air is reducing frequencies on flights to Italy, according to the airline’s website, as well as suspending some routes.
The affected routes primarily originate in Eastern and Central Europe, with one route between the UK and Italy being affected.
American Airlines became the first US airline to suspend service on a route between the US and Europe on Saturday when it announced that flights to Milan would be cancelled until April 25, according to an airline news release. American serves Milan, Italy’s economic and fashion hub, from New York and Miami, and has issued a travel waiver for numerous Italian cities as far south as Naples, Italy.
The airline later joined its competitors in reducing flights to Asia as American announced it would be suspending service to Seoul, South Korea from its Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas hub from March 4 to April 25. Seoul-Dallas is American Airlines’ only route to South Korea and Korean Air will now be the only airline to serve the route in American’s absence.
Ryanair is reducing service on Italian routes, the airline announced Monday morning, by up to 25%.
The European low-cost carrier has bases throughout Italy, which has experienced a rise in reported coronavirus cases, especially in the north of the country.
Finnair, which has a route network focused primarily on connecting Europe and Asia, is reducing its frequencies and suspending service on routes in both continents, the airline announced in a press release.
The Finnish flag carrier is cancelling flights to Seoul until mid-April, delaying the opening of its new route to Busan, South Korea until July, reducing service to Japan by cutting two flights per week between Helsinki and Osaka, and cancelling flights to Milan, Italy until April 7.
Flights to mainland China will remain cancelled until the end of April and service to Hong Kong will be scaled back to once daily.
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Virgin Atlantic Airways is pushing back the launch of its new route between London and Sao Paulo, Brazil until October, an airline spokesperson confirmed in an email to Business Insider. The route was originally scheduled to launch in March as part of Virgin’s quest to become Britain’s second flag carrier by increasing its route network in competition with British Airways.
Delaying the launch of the Sao Paulo route is indicative of the decline in demand for business travel that also saw British Airways reduce the number of frequencies on its flagship London-New York route. Virgin, which operates numerous frequencies on the New York route, has not stated whether or not it will reduce frequencies.
AirAsia is reducing service between the Philippines and South Korea following restrictions from the Philippine government, according to an airline travel advisory. The Philippine cities of Cebu, Kalibo, and Manilla will all see reduced service during the month of March to the South Korean cities of Busan and Seoul.
All Nippon Airways
Japan’s All Nippon Airways will be reducing service on domestic routes due to coronavirus, according to an airline press release. Intra-Japan flights on nine routes, so far, mainly from Tokyo have been affected and are scheduled to remain in effect until mid-March.
Japan Airlines announced it will be reducing domestic and international services as coronavirus spreads. Affected international routes were first announced on Tuesday, the airline announced in a press release, with flights to cities in South Korea and Taiwan affected from the Japanese cities of Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka.
The airline then, in line with All Nippon Airways, stated in a press release that numerous domestic routes will see reduced frequencies.
Air India will be reducing frequencies on flights to Singapore, according to the Times of India, due to low demand. The total number of combined services from Delhi to Singapore and Mumbai, India to Singapore via Chennai, India will be temporarily reduced to nine weekly.
India’s newest airline, Vistara, will be reducing frequencies on routes between India and Singapore, according to the Times of India. Vistara joins one of its parent companies, Singapore Airlines, in reducing service between the two countries due to low demand.
VietJet Air will be cancelling all of its flights between Vietnam and South Korea until the end of March, according to Routes Online. The airline primarily serves Busan and Seoul from cities across Vietnam including Cam Ranh, Nha Trang, Can Tho, Da Lat, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Phu Quoc.
LATAM Airlines will be suspending its Sao Paulo-Milan route,Reuters reported, as coronavirus spreads across northern Italy. The route will be suspended until mid-April, with the airline joining its new business partner Delta Air Lines in cutting service to the region.
JetBlue Airways will be reducing capacity across its network by 5% to account for reduced demand following the spread of coronavirus, the airline confirmed to Business Insider in an email. The 20-year-old airline’s operations are mainly centered on the East Coast where reports of the virus have been low but slowly increasing.
The airline did not release additional information as of Thursday regarding which routes will be affected.
Flybe became the first casualty of coronavirus as the financially-struggling airline entered into administration on Thursday morning, the airline said in a statement. The airline flew its final flights as an airline Wednesday night into the next morning, leaving customers stranded as Flybe was no more by the time the sun came up.
Though coronavirus reports haven’t been widespread in the UK, the global reduction in the demand for travel was largely to blame for the regional carrier’s demise, according to a spokesperson for the UK Department for Transport.
Norwegian Air is reducing frequencies on routes in both its intra-European and transatlantic divisions due to the continued spread of coronavirus and reduced demand for travel, the airline said in a press release. Flights to Italy are among the most affected, with Norwegian reducing flights to Northern Italy on routes within Europe and reducing service on its long-haul flights to Rome from Boston, Los Angeles, and New York.
The airline’s flagship long-haul route between New York and London will also see a reduction in frequency. Norwegian has stated that these measures are in addition to an already 15 per cent reduction in capacity for 2020.
The move comes at a vulnerable time for Norwegian as the airline has been greatly affected by the issues with Rolls Royce’s Trent 1000 engines that power the airline’s Dreamliners, as well as the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max.
The engine issues have forced Norwegian to wet-lease ageing airliners while the Max grounded delayed the airline’s plan to replace its intra-European fleet with the aircraft, as well as forced the closure of its Norwegian Air International subsidiary that offered transatlantic flights to secondary cities in Europe and North America.
Scandinavian Airlines announced it will be reducing its short-haul flying schedule following reduced demand due to the spread of COVID-19, the airline announced in a press release. Though the airline did not list all the routes affected, Scandinavian had already cancelled flights to the Italian cities of Milan, Bologna, Turin, and Rome by the time of the announcement until mid-March, according to an earlier announcement.
Singaporean low-cost carrier Scoot will be cancelling its flights to South Korea, Routes Online reported, with its route between Seoul and Singapore via Taipei affected. The route will be cancelled until the end of April and then reduced to three times weekly once service is restored.
The airline joins fellow Singapore Airlines Group members Singapore Airlines and Silk Air in reducing service to South Korea from the island city-state, which is also seeing an increase in reported cases of the virus.
Cabo Verde Airlines
Cabo Verde Airlines is cancelling flights to Italy until March 20 due to restrictions from the Cabo Verde government, the airline announced on its website. The airline, which is seeking to grow the archipelagic nation of Cape Verde into a major transit hub between North America, South America, Europe, and Africa under the guidance of Icelandair, currently serves Rome and Milan from Sal.
Italian flag carrier Alitalia is cancelling flights to Israel after the Israeli government placed restrictions on travellers coming from Italy following an outbreak of coronavirus in the European country, the Times of Israel reported. A popular destination for tourists, religious pilgrims, and other travellers alike, Israel has been taking stern measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus including turning away over 100 South Koreans that attempted to visit the country.
Alitalia flights are cancelled between Italy and Israel from March 11 until the end of March.
Following the increase of coronavirus cases in Northern Italy, the airline also suspended flights to Milan’s Malpensa Airport, the primary gateway to the region, according to an airline press release. All flights to and from Milan will be shifted to smaller Linate Airport, with Venice Airport also seeing a reduction in services.
Spain’s Iberia is cancelling flights between Madrid and Tel Aviv following an Israeli government mandate restricting access for residents of certain European countries, the airline’s website states. Iberia is one of the many Western European airlines temporarily cutting service to Israel until the end of March due to the policy.
Air France has cancelled flights on routes to affected regions including South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Italy, according to its website, as coronavirus continues to spread globally. The French flag carrier also announced the cancellation of flights to Tel Aviv until the end of March as the Israeli government began restricting access for residents of certain European countries.
Air Canada is reducing frequencies on its routes to Seoul from Vancouver and Toronto, Routes Online reported. Frequencies will vary throughout a three month period on both routes with the airline cancelling flights between Toronto and Seoul for the month of April.
Kazakhstan’s Air Astana is reducing frequencies on its routes to Seoul from Almaty and Nur Sultan, according to its website, as coronavirus continues to spread across the Korean Peninsula. The airline has also cancelled flights or reduced service to cities in Central Asia, India, and Europe including Baku, Paris, Mumbai, and Kuala Lumpur.
Spain’s Air Europa is cancelling flights to Italy following the spread of coronavirus across the Italian Peninsula, according to its website. Two routes from Madrid to Rome and Milan are affected, with cancellations spanning from mid to late-March.
Sun Country Air
Sun Country Air will be trimming its spring flying schedule in response to the reduced demand caused by the spread of coronavirus, the airline confirmed to Business Insider in an email. Routes across the airline’s network will see reductions while three routes from Portland, Oregon to Honolulu, San Francisco, and Las Vegas will be suspended.
The reduction comes at a time when Sun Country is positioning itself to expand beyond its Minneapolis hub to become a major player in the ultra-low-cost industry dominated by Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines.
TAP Air Portugal
Portugal’s flag carrier will suspend flights across its intercontinental network, the airline announced, as the spread of coronavirus into continental Europe continues to reduce demand for travel. Flights to European and transatlantic destinations are scheduled to be reduced affecting approximately 1,000 flights.
TAP Air Portugal’s business model revolves primarily around connecting Europe and Africa with the Americas through Portugal’s Lisbon and Porto. The airline has experienced rapid growth in the past decade due to partial privatization and revitalization under the guidance of airline maverick David Neeleman, JetBlue’s founder..
Ryanair subsidiary Lauda has announced on its website that it will be cutting flights from mid-March until the end of April as coronavirus continues to reduce demand for air travel. The airline’s short-haul flights will be primarily affected.
Czech low-cost carrier Smartwings has said it will reduce its number of flights due to the spread of coronavirus, Reuters reported.
Czech Airlines, a subsidiary of Smartwings, has already cancelled flights to the virus.
Royal Air Maroc
Royal Air Maroc has cancelled flights to the Italian cities of Venice and Milan as coronavirus continues to ravage the Italian Peninsula, Reuters reported. The cancellations came as Italy locked down many cities in the northern regions of the country.
Italian airline Neos will likely be affected by a Kenyan government mandate restricting flights between Kenya and cities in northern Italy, as reported by the South China Morning Post.
The airline operates flights to Mombasa, Kenya, a popular Italian tourist destination, from the Italian cities of Milan and Verona.