Delta has suspended its daily route between New York JFK and Milan Malpensa amid global concern over the spread of the coronavirus.

The final eastbound service from JFK to Milan will depart at 1730 on Monday March 2, while the return will depart on Tuesday March 3 at 0745.

Service is set to resume on May 1.

Delta’s daily flights from JFK and Atlanta to Rome are currently unaffected, but the airline said it would continue to monitor the situation and may make further adjustments.

The airline said customers with affected travel plans should go to the My Trips section of to see their options. These should include rebooking on alternate Delta flights, rebooking on flights after April 30, rebooking on other airlines, refunds or contacting us to discuss additional options.

It is offering a change fee waiver for customers who wish to adjust their travel plans for flights between the US and South Korea, China and Italy.

American Airlines has suspended flights from both New York JFK and Miami to Milan from March 1 until April 25, blaming weak demand.

It comes after the US government raised its travel alert to “Level 4 — Do Not Travel” for the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto “due to the level of community transmission of the virus and imposition of local quarantine procedures.”

Cases are being reported across Europe, but Italy is currently the worst-affected country, with more than 1,500 confirmed infections and 34 deaths.

Milan’s Duomo and La Scala opera house have been closed, along with cinemas, schools and universities.

Numerous airlines have already suspended routes or reduced service to mainland China and Hong Kong.

Meanwhile hotel groups with properties in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan have been waiving cancellation fees and offering more flexible rebooking policies.

British Airways today announced it will waive change fees for flights booked between Tuesday March 3 and Monday March 16.

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