As the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic continues to spread to new countries on a daily basis, airlines are cutting capacity to a variety of destinations in an attempt to reduce operating costs as demand plummets. In some countries, national authorities are taking the lead and closing access to and from various markets in order to stem the spread of the virulent virus. A summary of the latest developments can be found listed by country below.

Middle East:

  • Austrian Airlines (OS, Vienna) has extended its moratorium on flights to Tehran Imam Khomeini from March 31 until April 30;
  • From February 27, the Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) department has announced the suspension of all flights to and from Iraq and Lebanon until further notice. The CAA also temporarily suspended all flights arriving from Dubai Int'l and Sharjah in the UAE;
  • Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) has suspended its flights from Dubai to Kuwait between March 14 and March 31, to Tehran Imam Khomeini from February 26 until further notice, and to Saudi Arabia from March 9 until further notice. The Middle Eastern carrier has also suspended its flights to Fort Lauderdale Int'l between March 13 and March 31, and its service to New York Newark (via Athens Int'l) between March 13 and April 3;
  • Oman Air (WY, Muscat) has cancelled its flights to Iran. It serves Tehran Imam Khomeini daily from Muscat. On March 12 the carrier also suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia until further notice. It currently operates to Dammam, Riyadh, Jeddah, and Madinah in the country;
  • Philippine Airlines (PR, Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l) has cancelled its flights between Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l and Doha Hamad Int'l between March 9 and March 15, as a result of the Qatari government's decision to ban travellers from the Asian country;
  • On March 9, the Qatari government temporarily suspended all those intending to travel from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand. In addition, there are restrictions on flights to Italy;
  • Syrianair (RB, Damascus) and Cham Wings Airlines (6Q, Damascus) have indefinitely suspended their respective Damascus-Tehran Imam Khomeini services effective March 1;
  • Pegasus Airlines (PC, Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen) has cancelled all of its flights to Iraq for the period March 1-31. It flies to Erbil, Baghdad, and Basrah in the country;
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines (SV, Jeddah) is observing the directive issued by the local authorities which denies travel permission for all Saudi citizens and residents to travel the following countries: UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Iraq. The Saudi authorities are also suspending the arrival of all passengers from any of those countries.
  • Swiss (LX, Zurich) is suspending its 4x weekly service to Cairo Int'l from Zurich until April 24;
  • Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul New) has cancelled all of its flights to Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia until March 10. The airline currently offers over 44,000 weekly seats and 225 weekly frequencies across the three countries;

Italy:

  • Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l) has temporarily cancelled its 3x weekly service between Dublin Int'l and Venice Marco Polo until April 1;
  • Aeroflot (SU, Moscow Sheremetyevo) has suspended all of its flights to Italy, with the exception of its services to Rome Fiumicino. It currently serves Bologna, Milan Malpensa, Naples Capodichino, Marco Polo and Verona;
  • Air Canada (AC, Montréal Trudeau) has temporarily cancelled all of its flights from Canada to Italy from March 11. The airline's current service consists of daily flights from Canada to Fumicino departing on alternate days from Toronto Pearson and Montréal Trudeau;
  • Air Malta (KM, Malta Int'l) has suspended all its flights to and from Italy following the ban issued by the Government of Malta after the lockdown enforced by the Italian Government. Italy represents 22% of the carrier's weekly capacity;
  • The Albanian government has suspended from March 9 until April 3 all flights to Northern Italy, with affected airports being defined as Malpensa, Milan Bergamo, Bologna, Florence Peretola, Genoa, Port Augusta, Rimini, Marco Polo, and Verona;
  • American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) is suspending operations from Charlotte Int'l to Fiumicino until June 4; Dallas/Fort Worth to Fiumicino until April 24, with additional summer frequency cancelled; New York JFK to Fiumicino until April 24; JFK to Malpensa until May 2; Miami Int'l to Malpensa until May 2; Chicago O'Hare to Marco Polo until June 4; O'Hare to Fiumicino until June 4, and Philadelphia Int'l to Fiumicino until April 24;
  • Asiana Airlines (OZ, Seoul Incheon) has suspended its Seoul Incheon to Marco Polo route between March 4 and 28, operated 2x weekly by its B777-200(ER)s. Its 4x weekly operation to Fiumicino is now also cancelled from March 7 until April 24;
  • Austrian Airlines is temporarily suspending all of its flights to and from Italy as March 10. This affects flights between Vienna and Naples, Fiumicino, Marco Polo, Bologna and Milan. Seasonal services to Florence Peretola have been discontinued until April 24;
  • AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines (J2, Baku) has temporarily suspended its 2x weekly service between Baku and Malpensa;
  • Bulgaria Air (FB, Sofia) has cancelled its 3x weekly service between Sofia and Malpensa until March 27. Its 4x weekly operation to Fiumicino remains unaffected;
  • British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) has cancelled some of its flights to Northern Italy on 27 February, with the airline not operating one of its two daily rotations from London Heathrow to Malpensa, two of its eight daily flights from Heathrow to Milan Linate, as well as two of its four daily flights from London City to Linate;
  • Cabo Verde Airlines (VR, Praia) has suspended all flights between Italy and Cape Verde for a period of three weeks, with immediate effect and until March 20. The airline currently flies 3x weekly to Malpensa and 2x weekly to Fiumicino from Sal Amilcar Cabral Int'l;
  • CSA Czech Airlines (OK, Prague Václav Havel) has suspended its entire Italian network (Malpensa, Bologna, Fiumicino, and Marco Polo) until further notice;
  • Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) has suspended flights from JFK to Malpensa from March 2 until May 20; summer seasonal service between JFK and Marco Polo will begin on May 21 rather than April 1 as intended; the seasonal service between Detroit Metropolitan and Fiumicino is postponed from April 1 to May 1; daily service between Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson and Fiumicino is suspended starting March 11 through April 30; a second seasonal service between Atlanta and Rome postponed from May 1 to May 21; daily service between JFK and Fiumicino suspended from March 11 through April 30;
  • El Al Israel Airlines (LY, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion) is temporarily suspending flights to all of its destinations in Italy - Malpensa, Marco Polo, Fiumicino, and Naples (latter route on Sun d'Or flights) - starting on February 28 until March 14;
  • Emirates has temporarily cancelled all of its flights to Italy until April 3, where it serves Bologna, Malpensa, Fiumicino and Marco Polo. Its daily service from Dubai via Malpensa to New York JFK is also suspended;
  • Finnair (AY, Helsinki Vantaa) is cancelling its 2x daily service from Helsinki Vantaa to Malpensa from March 9 until April 7. In addition, it is suspending its services to Bologna and Marco Polo between March 29 and April 30;
  • The Hungarian government restricted all flights from Debrecen and Budapest to airports in Northern Italy on March 9;
  • Iberia (IB, Madrid Barajas) has been forced to temporarily suspend all flights to and from Italy and Spain between March 11 and April 3. The airline currently offers 136 weekly frequencies and over 20,000 weekly seats between the two countries;
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL, Amsterdam Schiphol) has suspended its flights to Malpensa, Linate, Marco Polo and Naples until April 3. The airline will fly 1x daily to Bologna, Turin, Florence, Genoa and Catania until March 25. From March 26 to April 3 these flights are then suspended. To Fiumicino, KLM will operate a reduced schedule of up to 2x daily until April 3;
  • Korean Air (KE, Seoul Incheon) has cancelled its 3x weekly services from Incheon to Malpensa between March 6 and April 26;
  • The Civil Aviation Authority of Kosovo (CAAK) temporarily suspended all flights to Northern Italy on March 8;
  • LATAM Airlines Brasil (JJ, Sao Paulo Congonhas) has announced the temporary suspension of its daily operation between Sao Paulo Guarulhos and Malpensa from March 2 until April 16;
  • Flights from Montenegro to the north of Italy, have been temporarily suspended from February 29 by the country's Ministry of Health. Four airlines - Montenegro Airlines (YM, Podgorica), Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino), Wizz Air (W6, Budapest), and Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) - fly between Montenegro and Italy, to three destinations, namely Malpensa, Bologna and Fiumicino. However, services to the Italian capital city were not included in this temporary measure;
  • The Omani civil aviation authority (Public Authority for Civil Aviation - PACA) has suspended all Italian charter flights to Salalah until the end of March, according to its social media feed. Italian carrier Neos (NO, Milan Malpensa) currently operates weekly services from Malpensa, Fiumicino, and Verona (via Rome). Oman Air suspended its 10x weekly service to Malpensa on March 9 until further notice;
  • Pegasus has cancelled all of its flights to Italy for the period March 1-31. It flies to Bergamo, Fiumicino, Marco Polo and Bologna in the country;
  • Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) has temporarily cancelled its services to Pisa and Marco Polo until the end of March. Its flights to Malpensa have been cancelled until the end of April. There will also be service reduction on its 3x daily operations to Fiumicino.
  • Royal Air Maroc (AT, Casablanca Int'l) has cancelled all of its flights to Italy. It currently operates from Casablanca Int'l to Bologna, Malpensa, Fiumicino, Turin and Marco Polo.
  • Royal Jordanian (RJ, Amman Queen Alia) has suspended its Amman Queen Alia-Rome flights, starting from February 26 until further notice. The airline is also consolidating several flights from Amman to its Far East destinations, bringing the average of cancellations of weekly Asian operations to up to 50%;
  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK, Copenhagen Kastrup) has decided to suspend all flights to and from Milan (Linate and Malpensa), Bologna, Turin and Marco Polo from March 4 until March 16;
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines is observing the directive issued by the local authorities which denies travel permission for all Saudi citizens and residents to Italy. The airline flies from Riyadh and Jeddah and Malpensa and Fiumicino;
  • Silver Air (Czechia) (SLD, Prague Václav Havel) has temporarily suspended its services from Elba to Pisa and Florence until April 3 - currently the Italian island's only air services;
  • Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) has cancelled selected departures from Singapore Changi to Malpensa from March 16 until May 30;
  • SkyUp Airlines (PQ, Kyiv Boryspil) has suspended flights from Kyiv Boryspil to Turin from March 5 to an estimated October 25;
  • Swiss has suspended all services to and from Italy until the beginning of April. The move affects around 90 weekly flights between Zurich and Malpensa, Fiumicino, Marco Polo, Florence, Naples and Brindisi.
  • Tarom (RO, Bucharest Otopeni) has decided to cancel its flights between Bucharest Otopeni and Fiumicino between March 9-23;
  • Thai Airways International (TG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) has temporarily cancelled its 5x weekly flights from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Malpensa from March 11 until the end of March (with the exception of March 12). In addition, selected services on dates in May have already been cancelled;
  • Twin Jet (T7, Marseilles) has suspended its flights from Marseilles to Malpensa between February 25 and March 15;
  • Turkish Airlines has cancelled all of its flights to Italy until March 10. The airline currently flies to seven destinations across the country including - Malpensa, Fiumicino, Marco Polo, Bologna, Catania, Naples, and Bari;
  • Volotea (V7, Asturias) has suspended all of its flights in Italy from March 11 onwards, predominantly affecting its domestic network. The country represents nearly 20% of all of its weekly seats.
  • Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) has temporarily suspended flights from all of its origin markets to its Italian destinations of Alghero, Bari, Bologna, Catania, Bergamo, Malpensa, Naples, Pisa, Rome Ciampino, Fiumicino, Turin, Venice Treviso, and Verona until April 3.

South Korea:

Macau:

  • Tigerair Taiwan is also planning to remove 500 frequencies from its schedule to Macau Int'l until April 30.

Malaysia:

  • Air Astana will fly a reduced service from Almaty to Kuala Lumpur Int'l until April 13 before suspended its flights completely between April 14 and May 31.

China:

  • Air Canada has extended the suspension of its flights between Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver and Beijing Capital and Shanghai Pudong until April 30;
  • All Nippon Airways has suspended further capacity on routes from Tokyo Haneda to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou from March 8 until March 28;
  • American Airlines is suspending its services from Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles Int'l to Beijing and Shanghai until October 24;
  • Austrian has announced that flights to China (Beijing and Shanghai) will be suspended until April 24, 2020;
  • Delta has suspended its services to Shanghai and Beijing until April 30;
  • El Al's suspension of its operations to Beijing will be extended until May 2;
  • Emirates' services to Guangzhou and Shanghai have been suspended from February 5 until further notice;
  • KLM has suspended flights to Chengdu, Hangzhou, and Xiamen until May 3. All services to Beijing and Shanghai have been suspended until March 28 and flights are expected to resume March 29;
  • Spring Airlines Japan (IJ, Tokyo Narita) has temporarily cancelled its daily service from Tokyo Narita to Tianjin between February 27 and March 28;
  • United has extended the suspension of flights between its US hubs and Beijing Capital, Chengdu, and Shanghai Pudong until April 30.

Hong Kong:

  • Air Astana operated its last flight from Almaty to Hong Kong on March 6 before its temporary suspension;
  • Air Canada has extended the suspension of its daily non-stop Toronto-Hong Kong flights until May 30. The airline's daily, non-stop Vancouver-Hong Kong flights will accommodate customers originally booked on its Toronto-Hong Kong flights. Air Canada normally operates 14x weekly flights to Hong Kong, seven from Toronto and seven from Vancouver;
  • All Nippon Airways has suspended its flights NH859/860 and NH821/822 between Haneda and Hong Kong Kong between March 9 and March 28;
  • American Airlines is suspending its services from Los Angeles to Hong Kong until October 24; and from Dallas/Fort Worth to Hong Kong until July 2, but on a reduced schedule;
  • El Al's suspension of its operations to Hong Kong will be extended until May 2;
  • Emirates' service to Hong Kong (via Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) is cancelled between March 9 and March 31;
  • United has extended the suspension of flights between its US gateways and Hong Kong Int'l until April 30.

Japan:

India:

  • Air Astana has cancelled its services from Almaty to Mumbai Int'l on March 6;
  • All Nippon Airways is reducing capacity on its daily flight from Narita to Delhi Int'l to 3x weekly between March 17 and March 28. In addition, it is suspending its operations from Narita to Mumbai (daily) and Chennai (3x weekly) between March 16 and March 28;
  • Air Seychelles (HM, Mahé) is cancelling the majority of its flights from Mahé to Mumbai with immediate effect and until the end of June.

Mauritius:

  • Air Seychelles is suspending a significant proportion of its services from Mahe to Mauritius between March 23 and April 26;

Viet Nam:

Samoa:

  • The Samoan government is requiring all international flights from the country be reduced in weekly frequency. For Samoa Airways (OL, Apia Faleolo), this means its flights to New Zealand fall from 5x weekly to 3x weekly and its service to Pago Pago is reduced to 4x daily. The airline's operation to Sydney Kingsford Smith and Brisbane Int'l remain unchanged. Other carriers serving the island nation face similar reductions in flights.

Taiwan:

  • All Nippon Airways is reducing its capacity on flight NH853/854 from Incheon to Taipei Sung Shan between March 24 and 28;
  • StarFlyer is temporarily suspending its services between Kita Kyushu and Nagoya Chubu to Taipei Taoyuan between March 11 and 31.

France:

  • Air Astana has immediately suspended its services from Nur-Sultan to Paris CDG until May 31.

Singapore:

  • United is reducing capacity on its route from San Francisco to Singapore Changi, with its 2x daily service reduced to daily during March and April.

South Africa:

  • Air Seychelles is cancelling a significant proportion of its flights from Mahe to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo from March 9 until April 28;

Thailand:

Australia:

Israel:

  • Air Seychelles is cancelling a significant proportion of its flights from Mahe to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion from March 18 until April 2;
  • Alitalia has suspended its services from Fiumicino to Tel Aviv until March 29;
  • Austrian Airlines will operate no flights to Tel Aviv until April 24;
  • Delta will suspend its daily service between JFK and Tel Aviv from march 14 until March 24;
  • Lufthansa Group airlines - Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l), Swiss (LX, Zurich) and Austrian Airlines - will cancel all their flights to Tel Aviv and Eilat Ramon as of March 8 for the remaining winter timetable period until March 28;
  • Tarom has suspended all of its flights between Bucharest and Tel Aviv in the period of March 12-31.

Azerbaijan:

  • Air Astana suspended services from Nur-Sultan to Baku on March 5, as well as reducing its operations from Almaty to the Azerbaijan capital city from 3x weekly to 1x weekly.

Bhutan:

  • Following a statement released by the Bhutan Civil Aviation Authority on March 6, Drukair (KB, Paro) issued a notice via its Twitter account saying that all tourists have been temporarily restricted from accessing the country for a period of two weeks. Only passengers holding a Bhutanese Resident Permit or those foreign travellers visiting the country on an official visit or for a meeting or conference will be accepted for travel.

Norway:

Namibia:

Curaçao:

The Philippines:

  • The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has suspended all domestic travel into Manila by land, sea and air effective March 15 to April 14. The measure does not affect Clark, located 90 kilometres away, which, despite the cancellation of some international services, remains open to domestic traffic. As it stands, Manila Airport's closure to domestic flights affects AirSWIFT, Airtrav, Cebgo, Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines, and Air Philippines.

Poland:

  • Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) has announced it will suspend all flights to the country in line with a government decision to close all borders effective March 16. As previously reported, LOT Polish Airlines (LO, Warsaw Chopin) has already suspended all flight operations while Buzz (RR, Warsaw Modlin) has suspended its Polish network operations.

Spain, Canary Islands and Balearic Islands:

  • All package holidays from the TUI Group to Spain between March 14 and 29 have been cancelled.

France:

Dominican Republic:

  • All package holidays from the TUI Group to the Dominican Republic between March 15 and 29 have been cancelled.

Morocco:

  • All package holidays from the TUI Group to Morocco between March 15 and 29 have been cancelled.

US:

  • All package holidays from the TUI Group to the US from March 16 have been cancelled.

Jamaica:

  • All package holidays from the TUI Group from the UK to Jamaica from March 14 for 14 days have been cancelled.

Cyprus:

  • All package holidays from the TUI Group to Cyprus until March 28 have been cancelled.

Madeira:

  • All package holidays from the TUI Group to Madeira until March 28 have been cancelled.

Malta:

  • All package holidays from the TUI Group to Malta until March 22 have been cancelled.

Tunisia:

  • All package holidays from the TUI Group to Tunisia until March 22 have been cancelled.

Croatia:

  • All TUI Group package holidays to Croatia after 26 March are currently operating as planned.

Sri Lanka:

  • All package holidays from the TUI Group to Sri Lanka between March 16 and 29 have been cancelled.

St. Lucia:

  • All package holidays from the TUI Group to St. Lucia between March 16 and 30 have been cancelled.

Indonesia:

  • All package holidays from the TUI Group to Indonesia between March 16 and 29 have been cancelled.

Further adjustments will be reported via Route Network Updates, available for ch-aviation schedules subscribers.

Editorial Comment: Updated on February 28 with information from Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Twin Jet and Cabo Verde Airlines. Updated on March 2 with information from American Airlines, easyJet, Hawaiian Airlines, Montenegro Ministry of Health, Turkish Airlines, CSA Czech Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Syrianair, Cham Wings, Oman CAA, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. Updated on March 3 with information from El Al, Qatar Airways, Ryanair, Samoan government, and Vietnam Airlines. Updated on March 4 with information from American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Finnair, LATAM Airlines, SAS, SilkAir, Singapore Airlines and Spring Airlines Japan. Updated on March 5 with information from All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Citilink, Delta Air Lines, Pegasus Airlines and SkyUp Airlines. Updated on March 6 with information from Lufthansa Group. Updated on March 9 with information from Air Astana, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, and Bangkok Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines. Updated on March 10 with information from Air Busan, Austrian Airlines, Qatar Airways and Royal Air Maroc. Updated on March 11 with information from American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Updated on March 12 with information from Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air Malta, Air Seychelles, Albanian Government, All Nippon Airways, Azerbaijan Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Finnair, the Hungarian government, Iberia, KLM, Civil Aviation Authority of Kosovo, Oman Air, Philippine Airlines, the Qatari government, Silver Air, StarFlyer, Tarom, Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Volotea, and Wizz Air. Updated on March 13 with information from Aeroflot, Austrian Airlines, Druk Air and Swiss. Updated on March 15 with Loganair, Curacao, the Philippines. Updated on March 16 with Thai AirAsia X, Jet2 and TUI Group. - 16.03.2020 - 17:07 UTC