Finnair is to cancel all flights to the US and Delhi for the next month, due to new government travel bans and visa restrictions.
Flights to the US will be suspended between March 19 and April 12, following President Trump’s decision to ban travel from 26 European countries to the US. As a country within the Schengen border-free travel area, Finland is included in this ban.
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The carrier will continue to fly between Helsinki and New York until March 18 “in order to fly customers home”, while the final flight to Miami is today (March 12), and to LA on March 15.
In addition Finnair is suspending flights to Delhi from March 15 to April 14, due to the introduction of visa restrictions.
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In a statement the airline said:
“Finnair is continuously following the impacts of the coronavirus situation. Due to the decreased transfer passenger loads caused by these cancellations, further impacts on Finnair’s narrow-body traffic in Europe are to be expected. Finnair will communicate these changes once such decisions are made.
“Finnair will communicate flight cancellations directly to customers who have bookings on these flights. Customers can then either seek for a full ticket refund or postpone their travel by contacting Finnair’s customer services. Unfortunately, the customer service lines are very congested at the moment, so we suggest customers who don’t have bookings for immediate departures to contact Finnair’s customer services at a later stage.
“In addition, Finnair is offering customers with bookings on Finnair flights full flexibility to change their travel dates without a change fee until November 30, 2020.”
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