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Delta and American Airlines announced changes to their flight schedules and business practices, the industry continues to respond to the corona virus outbreak.
The airline revealed changes to their schedule, and also announced a reduction in flight capacity at both the national and international level. Customers of both airlines will have certain fees waived in order to accommodate change or cancel travel plans.
American Airlines and Delta Airlines have announced reductions in flight capacity, for both international and domestic flights, with a few changes to the summer months.
American Airlines announced on its website that it will reduce international capacity for the summer peak of 10 per cent. It will come with a 55 per cent reduction in trans-Pacific capacity. The airline will reduce domestic capacity by 7.5 per cent until the end of April.
Specifically, American Airlines is suspending service to and from the mainland of China, from a number of airports on the US West Coast in the summer months. Flights to Rome from Philadelphia have been suspended, the service to Paris has been reduced, and the service to and from Rome, Milan, and Barcelona have been suspended or slowed due to the summer months.
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Delta air lines announced a reduction of international arrivals of up to 25 per cent., together with the reduction of international capacity of up to 15 percent of the time. Available to rent from the airline company also has been stopped for the time being, and the employees have been offered voluntary unpaid leave of absence, CNBC reports.
The airline also announced the suspension of its service between Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Rome, starting on Wednesday, March 11 and April 30. The Service from Detroit metropolitan airport at Rome, has been postponed until May, and that the suspension of service from New York’s JFK Airport and Milan, has been extended until the 21st of May.
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Delta is also waiving change fees for international flights by April 30 (if the ticket has been issued prior to the 9th of March). Also, they are giving travelers a one-time change of the route, as flights are Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, and in each and every location of Italy, the 31st of May.
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Also, American Airlines has announced that it “will change, the fee will be waived for customers who purchased tickets prior to March 1, for travel through April 30.” They also stated that if a customer’s flight is canceled and they choose not to rebook a flight, they can request a full refund.