The American airline American Airlines announced this Sunday in a statement that it suspends its daily flights from New York and Miami to Milan “for a reduction in demand”, a decision that occurs during the significant increase in the number of cases of coronavirus in Italy.
The company also said it will resume flights from both US cities to the metropolis of northern Italy on April 25, while noting that “it continues to review the flight schedule to ensure that the needs of the customers are met and will make the necessary adjustments. ”
The decision comes on the same day that his competitor Delta announced that he was canceling his direct flights from John F. Kennedy of New York to Malpensa airport in Italy, a decision that in his case directly attributed to the spread of the coronavirus and the measures advised by the US government.
“After the US State Department reinforced its travel recommendations, Delta temporarily suspends its daily flights between the New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and the Milan Malpensa Airport,” the company said. a statement.
Delta also specified that it has implemented “numerous” mitigation processes and strategies in response to the concern caused by COVID-19, and claims to be in contact with experts from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (CDC) and with the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as with local authorities.
Delta has already canceled flights connecting the US with China and South Korea, and notes that “they could” implement new “adjustments” as the situation develops.
So far, USA has confirmed 71 cases of coronavirus, the last two in the state of Washington, where this Saturday was also the first fatality.
Meanwhile, Italy has already confirmed about 1,700 cases, which are concentrated in the northern part of the country, and 34 deaths.