As the deadly coronavirus is spreading throughout the world, airlines and airports around the world are implementing measures to battle is out. With the IATA has predicted a 13% loss of passengers just in the Asia Pacific Region. As COVID-19 spreads to more than 77 countries worldwide, we look at the various health measure that airports and airlines globally are opting for.
Which airlines are affected by coronavirus and have stopped flights?
Airlines are affected the worst by the coronavirus epidemic. If the virus continues to spread, the airline industry is predicted to lose more than $113 billion in revenue.
Airlines which are affected the worst include-
South Korean Airlines-
Korean Air has been affected the worst. The airlines have been warned that the coronavirus outbreak could threaten its survival in a memo sent to employees.
Qantas airlines are cutting down 25% of its flights. While its budget airline Jetstar will reduce its operation for the next six months.
The UK based airline has been one of the first casualty of the coronavirus, folding after failing to secure financial aid from the government
Flight cancelled by airlines, or change fees being waived off due coronavirus
In wake of the COVID 19 spread, flight change fees are being waived off in these airlines-
Travelers booking a flight between 1st to 16th March with American Airlines, do not have to pay any additional fees for rescheduling their flights.
For people planning to fly to China or Hong Kong, refund will be provided if tickets are cancelled before the departure date.
- Flights between DFW/LAX and mainland China are suspended till April 24.
- Flights between DFW and Hong Kong (HKG) are suspended till April 23.
- Flights between LAX and HKG are suspended till April 24.
Change and cancellation fees for JetBlue Airways will be waived off, for bookings made between 27th Feb to 11th March, for flights booked till 1st June.
Alaska Airlines too will waive off change and cancellation fees for tickets made between 27th Feb to 12th March, for flights till 1st June.
The change and cancellation fees are waived off for flights booked for Northern Italy, China, Hong Kong and South Korea.
Delta Air Lines
For Delta Airlines, travelers who have booked flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Incheon, South Korea, can make a one time change without incurring any amendment fees.
While flights to Honolulu, Incheon, and South Korea, have been cancelled till 30th April. Rebooking ca be done till 31st Oct without any additional price.
While flights to China by Lufthansa till 24th April have been cancelled, flights to Hong Kong have been reduced. Travelers affected by these cancellations can get a full refund or make changes without any additional fees.
For flights to China, Air France are allowing customers to change flight till 1st June, without any additional fess. While for flights to Italy, flights can be changed till 31st May, without any amendment fees.
For flights to China, South Korea, Singapore and Italy, change fees have been waived off.
Emirates is offering refund for unused tickets 23rd Jan to 31st March.
The following airlines have cancelled flights to Hong Kong
Air Canada- flights suspended till 30th April
Air New Zealand- flights suspended till 29th March
ANA- flights suspended till 28th March
British Airways- flights suspended till 31st March
Cathay Pacific- flights suspended till 28th March
Finnair- flights suspended till 28th March
Philippine Airlines- flights suspended till 28th March