American Airlines is waiving change fees on all flights booked between March 1 and March 16 for travel between March 1, 2020 and January 26, 2021. Passengers on these flights must undergo health checks and isolation for 14 days at locations arranged by Vietnamese regulators. Lufthansa said passengers whose flights were affected by the timetable changes should check the company website for updates.
As for Ryanair, the Irish company made a decision to reduce the frequency of their flights on certain routes by as much as a quarter. Meanwhile, British Airways has said that it would contact its customers on the cancelled flights and offer them rebooking on to other carriers, refunds, or another flight with the airlines for a later date of travel.
Flights to Italy - which has the largest number of confirmed cases in Europe - will be particularly affected.
"Our focus at this time is on minimising any risk to our people and our passengers".
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Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a closed-door briefing in the U.S. Officials report that a handful of students who had contact with the student are being isolated for 14 days in their homes.
He noted that the losses in the continent's aviation industry have so far come from suspended and cancelled flights on routes to China.
The big picture: United is one of several airlines that have cut down on flights due to the outbreak itself or reduced demand stemming from fears of traveling.
But, Curtis also said if Korean Air or other airlines start to suspend more flights from other Asian nations, that could change.
It has also suspended new hires as part of its measures to cushion the business impact of the virus, which it added was "not yet possible to estimate".
On Monday the global death toll from the epidemic passed 3,000 as dozens more patients succumbed in China.