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Significant Airline Changes Worldwide

Updated on 6 March 2020

The Situation:

Airlines around the globe are making changes due to growing concerns regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Many airlines including, but not limited to Delta, United Airlines, and Lufthansa have cancelled or modified flight services to specific country destinations such as China, Japan, South Korea, and Italy.

In addition to flight suspensions due to destination, airlines are significantly reducing flight schedules over the coming months to adjust for the decline in demand for air travel.

Flight itineraries should be monitored very closely for cancellations and delays. In the case of cancellation or significant delays, please contact the designated airline to understand options for rescheduling or refunding your flight.

Possible Effects:

  • Cancelled or delayed flights

  • Closure of regional airports

  • Possible protests or demonstrations at airports

  • Traffic delays and/or blocked roads due to strikes, demonstrations, etc.

  • Airline operational ability impacted on a large scale

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Monitor your flight status for potential changes and cancellations

  • Check flight status prior to departure to the airport

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Avoid all protests and demonstration, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Adjust travel plans as you see fit

  • Prepare for the possibility of an alternative means of transportation

  • Enroll in a Safe Traveler program to receive warnings from your preferred embassy

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS™ gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS™ (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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