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Airlines Cut International Flights in Response to the Pandemic

American Airlines Updates

Delta Air Lines

On Saturday, Delta announced to passengers it would continue to operate one flight daily between Atlanta and Amsterdam, Atlanta and Paris and Atlanta and London. In addition, the airline will operate one flight daily between Detroit and Amsterdam and New York’s Kennedy International Airport to London. The airline said it will continue to fly to South Africa, Ghana, Senegal and Nigeria.

The airline announced the suspension of flights between Kennedy Airport and Mumbai, Los Angeles and Sydney, and all service to Colombia, Guatemala, Ecuador and St. Maarten (in response to those countries restricting travel from the United States).

Delta Air Lines Updates

United Airlines

United Airlines said it will continue to fly its regular schedule from Europe to the United States through March 20. After March 20, the airline will operate daily flights to London, Frankfurt, Munich, Dublin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and Zurich — with London and Frankfurt receiving three flights per day.

United Airlines Updates

The foreign carriers

Foreign carriers will continue to fly in and out of the United States to maintain “at least some air traffic connections to the USA from Europe,” according to Lufthansa. And you have options with carriers such as Emirates and Turkish Airlines to connect to the rest of the world.

Air France

In a statement on its website, Air France said it “plans to continue operations to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York’s Kennedy, San Francisco and Washington.” The airline said it is working with its partners in the SkyTeam alliance (KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic) on implementing a plan to continue service to and from the United States beyond March 28.

Air France Updates

Air Canada

Air Canada has not yet reduced flights between Canada and the United States but has announced a 50 percent cut in flights across the board. It. It operates 20 flights per day between Toronto and New York. The Star Alliance carrier has reduced service between Toronto, Montreal and seasonal destinations in Europe.

Air Canada Updates

Lufthansa

The airline will continue to operate service to Chicago, Newark and Washington Dulles — major hubs for its code-share partner, United Airlines. Austrian Airlines, part of the Lufthansa Group that also includes SWISS, announced it would temporarily stop flying entirely, as of Wednesday.

Lufthansa Updates

British Airways

British Airways is a key partner to American Airlines in its trans-Atlantic routes as part of the Oneworld alliance. So far British Airways has not announced service reductions on its flagship routes between New York and London. British Airways’s London hub is a major connecting point for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

British Airways Updates

Qantas

The Australian flagship airline announced Tuesday that it will reduce international service by 90 percent and ground almost all of its long-haul fleet — but did not include specific route cancellations. For now, Qantas flights between Australia and the United States will continue.

Qantas Updates

Norwegian Airlines

The low-cost carrier, already struggling financially, announced it would stop all trans-Atlantic flights effective March 25 and would only fly a limited short-haul schedule in Scandinavia.

Norwegian Updates

S.A.S.

The Scandinavian carrier said in a news release that it would continue to operate between Copenhagen, Stockholm and Newark and Copenhagen to Chicago, as well as its domestic routes and flights to and from Europe.

SAS Updates

What about flights to other destinations?

A recent trend for airlines has been to fly direct between cities, skipping connections through hubs. Cities that previously were never directly connected — such as London and Austin, Texas — have benefited from nonstop service from the likes of British Airways. However, direct flights from smaller centers to major international hubs will be the first cut, regardless of the airline.

Other carriers, such as Emirates and Turkish Airlines, have a different approach — the so-called “hub and spoke” model. Each of those airlines can connect passengers to the far reaches of the world through their hubs in Dubai and Istanbul, respectively. If you need to get somewhere, even during this crisis, consider searching for flights directly with those carriers. Neither Dubai nor Turkey is covered by the existing United States travel bans.

A tip for travelers and request from the airlines

Book and change your new and existing reservations online or through the airlines’ mobile apps, if you can. Because of increased call volumes experienced by airline customer call centers, several airlines have requested that passengers not traveling within the next 72 hours wait before contacting the airline.

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36 Hours in Berlin

On Nov. 9, 1989, the East German government made a surprising announcement: It was easing up travel restrictions on its citizens. East Berliners flocked to the nearest border crossings at the Berlin Wall, especially at Checkpoint Charlie, the famed crossing between the divided Berlins. Not long after that, Berliners from the east and west began chipping away at the literal and metaphorical wall that had separated them for nearly three decades, since the Soviet-backed East German government erected the concrete slabs that split the city in two. The Cold War was over. Well, sort of. Today in Berlin you can still go back to that world by eating and drinking in restaurants and bars dedicated to the German Democratic Republic — G.D.R. for short, or D.D.R. in the local parlance — as well as learn about the former East Berlin via fascinating museums, architecture and shops.

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