The coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the globe. As the virus now hits Italy, South Korea, and Iran, carriers around the world are starting to cut flights to key destinations in those countries. Here is a look at which airlines are enacting flight suspensions to these three countries due to the coronavirus.
If your flight is affected, you should contact your airline or travel agent for alternate options. Airlines are offering passengers the ability to get either a refund or change their flights. Some airlines are also waiving change fees for passengers who do not wish to travel to coronavirus-affected areas. Check with your carrier to see if your itinerary is valid.
The Russian carrier is currently maintaining flights to Iran, South Korea, and Italy. However, the carrier is isolating these flights to Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport’s Terminal F.
Air New Zealand
New Zealand’s largest airline has announced a temporary suspension of flights between Auckland and Seoul. These suspensions start on March 8th and will run through June 30th.
One of the largest airlines in the world, American Airlines has announced a temporary suspension of flights to Milan through April 25th.
Bamboo Airways has suspended all flights to South Korea through March 28, 2020.
Virus fears have caused British Airways to amend its route network. British Airways has reduced its flight schedules to Italy between March 14th and March 28th. In addition, British Airways will cut flights to Seoul. Now, flights will operate every other day instead of daily.
Bulgaria Air is suspending flights between Sofia and Milan until March 27th.
Cathay Pacific is suspending all flights to and from South Korea until March 28, 2020. In addition, Cathay Pacific has also cancelled flights between Hong Kong and Milan and Rome through March 28th.
China Airlines is suspending flights from Taipei to Rome through April 30th.
Czech Airlines has cancelled flights to Seoul entirely. No resumption date has been announced yet.
Delta Air Lines
Delta was the first U.S. carrier to announce Seoul flight suspensions. Flights from Minneapolis have been cancelled through April 30th. And, flights from Atlanta, Detroit, and Seattle are flying a reduced schedule.
In addition, Delta is suspending flights to Milan, Italy from March 2nd. Service will resume on May 1st. Delta is also delaying the start of its seasonal service from JFK to Venice. This service will start on May 1st instead of April 1st.
The famed low-cost carrier is not pulling out of Italy entirely. However, the carrier is operating a significantly reduced schedule on flights to Italy.
Israel’s flag carrier has suspended flights to Italy through March 14th. Some flights to Italy are operated by El Al’s subsidiary Sun d’Or. Bangkok flights are suspended through March 27th.
El Al is facing a grim financial state as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Dubai-based carrier has cancelled flights between Dubai and Tehran until further notice.
Ethiopian is not cancelling flights to Seoul. However, the carrier has reduced frequencies to four weekly flights from March 2nd through March 16th.
Flights on flydubai to Esfahan, Lar, Mashhad, Shiraz, and Tehran will not operate until further notice.
Garuda Indonesia has reduced frequencies between Seoul and Jakarta to five weekly flights through March 24th, 2020.
Hawaiian Airlines has suspended flights to Seoul through April 30th.
The low-cost carrier will be suspending flights from Gold Coast to Seoul from March 8th through June 30th.
Korean Air has announced a massive trimming of its international flight schedule. Many routes are affected. Flights to Tel Aviv have been suspended as well as several frequencies to the United States.
LOT Polish Airlines
Through March 28th, LOT Polish Airlines has reduced frequencies on flights between Budapest and Seoul to twice weekly.
Oman Air has suspended flights to Tehran until further notice.
Pegasus Airlines has canceled all flights to Iran until March 11th. Flights to Italy and Iraq are suspended through March 16th.
Qatar Airways is canceling flights through March 14th to Iran. This includes cities such as Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz, and Tehran.
The oneworld carrier is suspending regular commercial flights between Russia and Seoul through March 31st.
SalamAir has canceled all flights between Tehran and Muscat.
Turkish Airlines has cancelled all flights to Iraq, Iran, Italy, and South Korea through March 10th.
United has suspended flights between Milan and Newark Liberty International Airport through March 14th.
Should I travel?
Health agencies around the world are warning passengers about traveling to coronavirus-afflicted destinations. It is best to check with your government and local health agencies prior to flying.
If you have recently been to an area where the coronavirus outbreak has spread, be on the lookout for any symptoms of the virus. If you feel sick, contact a physician and do alert them of your recent travels.
There are also a number of precautions you can take to minimize the risk of getting ill during travel. Wash your hands frequently, sanitize the area around your seat, and avoid contact with sick persons.
SOURCE: Simple Flying