JetBlue suspends the change and cancellation costs for ALL flights due to problems with the corona virus
JetBlue has announced that it will suspend the change and cancellation fees for new flight bookings amid growing fear of the corona virus.
The exemption applies to all flights booked between 27 February and 11 March for journeys completed on 1 June.
The carrier hopes that the move will encourage cautious customers to continue making travel plans in the coming weeks, despite the uncertainty about how serious the coronavirus threat will become.
JetBlue is the first airline to waive the change and cancellation fees for all flights to all destinations within the allocated period – which can put pressure on other airlines to do the same.
However, JetBlue does not operate flights to Europe or Asia – the continents most affected by the epidemic.
CDC officials told the Americans on Tuesday to prepare for the spread of the corona virus in the country when outbreaks in Iran, South Korea, and Italy escalated, raising concerns about a hit on global travel demand.
Delta has meanwhile also tried to dispel travelers’ fears by announcing that some of their flights to Italy are eligible for rescheduling.
JetBlue is the first US airline to suspend change and cancellation costs to all destinations for travelers who are worried about the corona virus
Airlines are trying to alleviate the concerns of customers who are concerned about the spread of the corona virus
Reservations until 2 March on Delta flights to Bologna, Milan and Venice can be booked again.
Meanwhile, Tuesday Airlines Holdings and American Airlines said they were still monitoring developments in the European country.
Delta said it will suspend flights between Seoul and Minneapolis after Saturday and until April 30. Delta also said it would reduce flights from Seoul to Atlanta, Detroit and Seattle to five times a week. The airline said last fall that it operated approximately 28 flights per week on those routes.
The Atlanta-based airline, the world’s largest by revenue, will also delay the launch of new flights between Seoul’s Incheon Airport and Manila. Instead of starting on March 29, the launch has been reduced to May 1.
Delta, United Airlines and American Airlines have already suspended all flights to and from mainland China and Hong Kong. United said this week that demand for service to China had disappeared and that bookings for flights elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region in March had fallen by 75% since the outbreak.
A Delta pilot is seen in a file photo. Delta Air Lines said that reservations until March 2 on flights to northern Italy, where virus cases have risen, are eligible for rescheduling.
On Wednesday, Delta will reduce the number of flights to South Korea because of concerns about the spread of the new virus outside of China.
Hyatt Hotels also said that travelers from South Korea, Japan and Italy could cancel or change their hotel bookings free of charge, thereby extending mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan policies.
The cancellations or booking changes at Hyatt are valid for bookings made until March 31, the US hotel operator said on his official Chinese social media account on WeChat.
Major airlines have also issued waiver declarations, eliminating modification costs for flights to South Korea.
Civil protection and health workers wearing protective suits and health masks deliver the evening meal at the Bel Sit hotel in Alassio where 34 people from Asti are in quarantine
So far, American airlines have only canceled flights to China, a move that followed the decision of the US Department of Foreign Affairs to bring travel advice to the country at the same level as Afghanistan and Iraq.
American Airlines shares fell 9.3% to $ 23.12 on Tuesday, below their price after the company came out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2013.
Cowen analyst Helane Becker said the impact extends to car rental companies, as well as concessions and restaurants at airports and on cruise lines.
“It’s not just the airlines that are influenced by people who make different travel plans,” she said.
Two passengers wear protective masks when they travel on a train from Rome to Milan on Tuesday
Two passengers of the metro wear a protective mask in Milan on Wednesday
Via Festa del Perdono, usually full of hundreds of university students, Wednesday is seen in front of the main building of the degli Studi university in Milan, Italy
Royal Caribbean Cruises said it canceled 30 sailings in Southeast Asia and changed several routes in the region as a result of the corona virus outbreak, increasing earnings per share in 2020 by around $ 0.90.
The larger rivals Marriott International Inc and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc of Hyatt also issued cancellation exemptions for guests affected by the mainland outbreak of China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan until March 31.
The hotel chains did not immediately respond to requests for comment if they also extended the waiver to South Korea, Japan and Italy.
Even travel organizations without exposure to Europe and Asia were monitoring the developments.
JetBlue, which only flies in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America, said on Tuesday that it has activated its pandemic response team to monitor the situation in real time.
The team was last called for the Zika virus outbreak in 2016, a spokesperson said.