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Coronavirus In The US
The whole world is watching the progress of Coronavirus.
At the time of publication there are over 950 cases of Coronavirus in the US and 29 people have died.
This is expected to increase significantly, and if it does, the global economic impact could be significant. And if there’s one country that is ill-equipped to handle such an outbreak, it’s the US.
It’s a large country with freedom of movement between states. There is no national public health care service. Workers rights are limited, many employees receive very limited paid sick leave. There are also pockets of deep mistrust towards federal government and strong ideological objections to universal health care. Individual freedoms and rights take priority. Add to that a deeply partisan and toxic political culture where party loyalty trumps all else. And Donald Trump.
American Airlines has announced significant network wide changes in response to Coronavirus.
There are no route suspensions from London Heathrow. However, a number of seasonal and year-round transatlantic routes from mainland Europe have been suspended until early June. Full details of the network changes are available from American Airlines.
Delta has also announced capacity reductions of around 15-20% on transatlantic routes.
Norwegian has announced it is to cancel approximately 3,000 flights up to mid June 2020.
This represents approximately 15% of its network capacity. Some employees will also be temporarily laid off. Interestingly, Norwegian’s CEO Jacob Schram also calls for “the authorities to immediately implement measures to imminently reduce the financial burden on the airlines in order to protect crucial infrastructure and jobs”Continue reading “London Air Travel’s Atlantic Update – 11 March 2020”