In the wake of an elevated travel warning to Italy due to the coronavirus, American Airlines has joined Delta Airlines in suspending flights to Milan’s Malpensa Airport. Its operations from New York’s JFK Airport and Miami to and from Milan are suspended until April 25, 2020.
According to CNN, Italy has the most coronavirus cases of any country outside of Asia with Italy’s Civil Protection Authority reporting there are 1,694 confirmed coronavirus cases with 34 fatalities.
On February 29, 2020, the U.S. Department of State upgraded its travel advisory to Italy to Level 3: Reconsider Travel for the entire country and Level 4: Do Not Travel to Lombardy and Veneto.
In other coronavirus airline news, JetBlue has suspended all change and cancel fees for new flight bookings through March 11, 2020, for travel completed by June 1, 2020. The policy is designed to give clients confidence that they will not be charged any JetBlue fees for changes or cancellations later given evolving coronavirus concerns. The move will apply to all fares offered by JetBlue, including Blue Basic, which generally does not allow for any changes or cancellations.
If one of your client’s flights is canceled and chooses not to rebook, they will receive a full refund. Go to aa.com for more information.
For more information on the flights Delta has suspended, click here. For more on how the Coronavirus is affecting travel, click here. Don’t miss “Novel Coronavirues Travel Questions—What to Tell Wary Travelers.”