Airlines are being forced to axe flights to certain countries as the coronavirus outbreak takes hold globally.
Since the World Health Organisations ruled it was a pandemic earlier this week some countries have closed their borders to non-residents while citizens will be allowed in but must self-isolate.
In a further blow to the travel industry insurance firms Aviva, InsureandGo, LV= and Post Office have also withdrawn cover for claims relating to the killer bug that has claimed 21 lives in the UK.
This is the most up-to-date list of the flight cancellations and restrictions across the major airlines, as compiled by Chronicle Live, but as the situation can change quickly you should check with your flight provider before you travel.
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Air France has suspended flights to mainland China, Hong Kong, Seoul and Taipei. Depending on how the situation evolves, the company plans to gradually resume their operations from March 29.
The airline has also reduced its flights across Europe by 25 per cent and as from March 14, will suspend service to all their Italian destinations until April 3.
- All flights to/from Saint Petersburg, Russia have been cancelled since March 12
- All flights to/from Tel-Aviv have been cancelled since March 6
- All flights to/from Amman will be cancelled as from 16 March 16
- All flights to/from Beirut will be cancelled as from March 17
American Airlines has suspended flights to China and Hong Kong until April 23/24.
Due to the reduction in demand, American Airlines has also suspended operations to and from Milan, Italy, from New York (JFK) and Miami (MIA) and flights to Seoul, South Korea. Flights to Milan and Seoul are scheduled to resume on April 25.
There is also a reduced service to South America, including a suspension of flights to Argentina.
Flights have also been suspended from specific American airports to European cities such as Madrid, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. For a full breakdown, visit the company’s website.
British Airways has cancelled all flights to and from Italy until at least April 4 due to the lock-down of the entirety of Italy. Flights to mainland China have been suspended until April 18.
On their website, the company has also said they were implementing enhanced aircraft cleaning, including increasing cleaning teams and audit inspections.
Delta Air Lines has suspended all flights to China until the end of April and reduced the services to South Korea and Japan, and a number of flights to Italy have been cancelled.
The company is also suspending seven flights between the United States and Europe and said further cuts are under evaluation based on demand.
EasyJet has cancelled the majority of its flights to Italy. These include flights to Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate, Venice and Bologna airports. It will continue to review this procedure until April 3.
A number of flights to France have also been suspended.
The company is putting on rescue flights over the coming days.
Etihad Airways has reduced its flights between Abu Dhabi and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia significantly. Currently, Etihad operates one daily flight each to Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam from Abu Dhabi.
- Flights to Medina
- Flights between Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, Abu Dhabi and Chengdu and Beijing and Nagoya, Japan
- Flights between Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong
- Flights between Abu Dhabi and Milan
- The airline will also suspend flights between Abu Dhabi and Rome, with the final flights to Rome and to Abu Dhabi, operating on March 14
- Flights between Abu Dhabi and Kuwait from 9pm GMT March 13
- Flights between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain
Emirates has suspended the following flights (as of March 12):
- Fort Lauderdale: until March 31
- New York JFK – Milan: until April 3
- New York EWR – Athens: until March 31
- Venice: until April 3
- Milan: until April 3
- Bologna: until April 3
- Rome: From March 14 until April 3
- Guangzhou: From 05 February until further notice
- Shanghai: From 05 February until further notice
- Bangkok – Hong Kong: From 9 March – 31 March
- Kuwait: From March 14 to 31
- Tehran: Until further notice
- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Until further notice (except special flights from 12-15 March)
Jet2 has cancelled all of its flights to Italy. Cancelled flights include Rome, Naples, Pisa, Venice, Verona and Turin and they will remain cancelled until at least April 26. On Saturday the airline announced that all flights to Spain would also be cancelled as the country went into lockdown.
KLM has suspended flights to and from mainland China until May, flights to Beijing and Shanghai have been suspended until March 28.
Further suspensions until April 3
- Venice Airport Marco Polo (VCE)
- Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
- Milano Linate airport (LIN)
- Naples International Airport (NAP)
Flights to Singapore and Seoul are not suspended, however, a rebook policy is in place.
Lufthansa Group published a reduced flight schedule until April 24, which mainly affects travel to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
- Flights to mainland China have been suspended until April 24
- Flights to Hong Kong will be reduced in March and April
- Flights to Tehran suspended until April 30
Despite the new travel guidelines ordered by the US administration, Lufthansa will continue to offer flights to the USA from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium.
Norwegian has announced it is cancelling around 3,000 flights between now and mid-June and has advised customers to stay up-to-date if they are set to fly with them.
RyanAir has suspended all flights to and from Italy until at least April 8 in response to the government placing the country on lock-down.
Flights from Berlin Schönefeld to Tel Aviv and Eilat Ramon, from Berlin Tegel to Tel Aviv, from Nuremberg, Memmingen, Karlsruhe Baden Baden to Tel Aviv and Marseille to Tel Aviv will all operate until March 15 and will be cancelled until April 8.
There will be no flights to and from Georgia or from Spain to Montenegro until further notice.
Virgin Atlantic has place travel restrictions for anyone who has been to the affected area. Those who have will not be allowed to fly to Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, India, Hong Kong, Jamaica, St Lucia, Israel, Trinidad and Tobago, or the US.
They have also suspended Heathrow-Shanghai operations until April 19.
Passengers travelling to and from Italy until March 31 have the option to reschedule their travel date or select an alternative route. Flights will not be going direct to Italy.
Virgin Atlantic has temporarily suspend services between London Heathrow and Tel Aviv until April.
WizzAir has cancelled all flights to and from Italy until April 3 while the country is on lock-down.