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Europe Travel Ban due to COVID-19 (Consolidated Thread)

Europe Travel Ban due to COVID-19 (Consolidated Thread)

Old Mar 11, 20, 7:14 pm
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Exclamation Europe Travel Ban due to COVID-19 (Consolidated Thread)

How is DL going to respond? I can only imagine that this is going to seriously impact DL's operations.

Hope everyone gets to where they need to go safely.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51846923?

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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:18 pm
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Wild, they need to elaborate on this excluding the UK - can someone fly to UK and take the train into France?
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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:19 pm
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Originally Posted by Youngmiler View Post
Wild, they need to elaborate on this excluding the UK - can someone fly to UK and take the train into France?
They're likely more concerned about the inverse.
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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:20 pm
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I also wonder if this only applies to US based airlines. The Chinese airlines have been flying to and from the US since the outbreak began there.
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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:21 pm
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Plenty of ways to get around this. Reroute to another country and set up a new ticket from there. People with multiple passports can get their foreign one stamped in Europe and tender their domestic one here.
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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:23 pm
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Originally Posted by Youngmiler View Post
Wild, they need to elaborate on this excluding the UK - can someone fly to UK and take the train into France?
Unless the French train operators go on strike again, sigh,
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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:24 pm
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Hopefully any US citizens over in the EU are able to get back. 1 day notice is not really sufficient to get pax back.

I don't think you're going to have much if any people making complicated routings to avoid the restriction, except for citizens trying to get home over the next week or so. My guess is the UK was left open to get people back to the US who would otherwise be stranded for a month, and possibly for cargo shipments.

If anyone caught it, the president also said that cargo from the EU is restricted... which will kill a lot of companies dependent upon material suppliers located in the EU if they can't get anything shipped.
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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:25 pm
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I wouldn't be surprised to see them role out regulations to prevent people from buying CDG-LHR; LHR-US type itineraries. That would likely mean formally blocking EU passport holders from boarding any US-bound flight.

But, I hold out a minor amount of hope that people will exercise better common sense than coming here without a really, really good reason.
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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:27 pm
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Well, crap.

Have D1 seats (A350) to AMS scheduled for 3 weeks from now, returning April 8.

Got 'em for 98k each, too
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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:30 pm
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I'm also wondering how DL/KL/AF/AZ/VS will handle all the last-minute changes for US citizens who want to return back before Friday. There's clearly not enough capacity to fit everyone that's abroad at the moment. I imagine they will waive all change fees and fare difference, right?
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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:31 pm
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Originally Posted by MCO Flyer View Post
I also wonder if this only applies to US based airlines. The Chinese airlines have been flying to and from the US since the outbreak began there.
The Chinese got the epidemic under control - there is no exponential growth anymore.

We in the EU didn't - and aren't even really trying
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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:32 pm
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Originally Posted by UVAhoo06 View Post
I'm also wondering how DL/KL/AF/AZ/VS will handle all the last-minute changes for US citizens who want to return back before Friday. There's clearly not enough capacity to fit everyone that's abroad at the moment. I imagine they will waive all change fees and fare difference, right?
I'm guessing that State will charter a bunch of aircraft, and possibly route ill or potentially ill Americans to Ramstein and other bases for transport home.
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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:41 pm
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Will the outbound flights continue or be suspended?
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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:43 pm
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Originally Posted by matchbox20_is View Post
Will the outbound flights continue or be suspended?
I can't imagine that airlines are going to operate aircraft one-way then deadhead back.

At this point it's about stopping the bleeding and living off cash reserves until hopefully the summer kills this virus.
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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:46 pm
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Doesn't make any sense to have outbound flights, since they can't come back. DL isn't going to operate what are effective 1-ways and ferry planes back with the crew. That would loose more money than grounding the aircraft.
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