Delta and United announce European schedule changes amid new coronavirus restrictions
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Following new travel restrictions announced by President Trump Wednesday night that were meant to stem the spread of coronavirus, U.S. airlines began announcing changes to their transatlantic schedules on Thursday.
The restrictions bar most non-U.S. citizens from entering the country if they have visited any of the Schengen countries 14 days or fewer before their flight.
U.S. citizens and some foreign nationals are still permitted to enter the country from the restricted zone, but should expect extra screening upon arrival.
Arriving passengers have to enter through one of the following airports:
- Atlanta (ATL)
- Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)
- Detroit (DTW)
- Newark (EWR)
- Honolulu (HNL)
- New York-JFK (JFK)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- Chicago-O’Hare (ORD)
- Seattle (SEA)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- Washington-Dulles (IAD)
Delta Air Lines
Delta was the first major U.S. carrier to announce new changes to its European schedule, and will suspend the following routes beginning Saturday, when the travel restriction has taken effect:
- Salt Lake City-Amsterdam
- Salt Lake City-Paris
- Salt Lake City-London Heathrow
Delta has not yet announced when service would resume on those routes. The airline suggested that further schedule changes to Europe may be announced as the situation progresses. “Delta is awaiting guidance about whether the list of CDC-approved airports would expand to include any additional points of entry”, Elizabeth Wolf, a spokeswoman for the airline, said in a statement to TPG.
United said it will continue flying its regular schedule through 19 March, and then will begin paring back services to a number of destinations in Europe.
After 19 March, “we expect to fly daily to Zurich, Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam, Manchester and Edinburgh, maintain multiple flights to Frankfurt and Munich, and operate 18 daily flights to and from London, three to Dublin and less than daily service to Lisbon, all while continuing to monitor demand. As always, we will continue to provide our customers and employees with the very latest information as it develops,” the airline said in a statement.
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