In a statement provided to USA TODAY Thursday by Senior Manager of Corporate Communications Andrea Koos, the airline said they were issuing the caps on one-way flights “affected by the government-imposed travel restrictions.”
“We have capped our Main Cabin fares from Europe and the U.K. at a maximum of 799 EUR/GBP and fares from the U.S. have been capped at $1,000,” the statement read. “These fares include taxes and fees that are typically around $250 to $300 on transatlantic routes. We are also offering reasonably priced fares for our premium cabins on our trans-Atlantic routes.”
The fares are applicable for travel through March 24.
There are already limited seats on most flights due to the spring break holiday as Americans rush to figure out how to get home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Some travelers found that prices for other major U.S. airlines have soared for flights back to the United States from Europe.
In a statement to USA TODAY Thursday by spokesperson Leslie Scott, United Airlines said its new capped fares are now live on their website.
Scott maintained that the airline’s fares “haven’t soared,” adding they were the same Thursday as they were Wednesday.
As of Thursday at 1:45 p.m. ET, the United website showed one-way flights from Paris to New York City on Friday ranging around $1,000 to $2,400.
Earlier on Thursday, one-way flights from Paris to New York on Friday through Delta Airlines appeared to range from $2,200 to $5,900 on their website.
USA TODAY has reached out to Delta for comment.
On Wednesday, Delta issued a travel waiver covering flights between the U.S. and Europe, raising the possibility that other carriers would follow suit. Delta said it will waive ticket change fees for passengers traveling to, from or through Europe and the U.K. through May 31. The waiver applies to travelers who purchased tickets before March 11.
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