United will continue flying six daily international routes until the end of May to help displaced travellers get home, the airline said.

“This remains a fluid situation, but United continues to play a role in connecting people and uniting the world, especially in these challenging times,” United said in a press release posted on its website on March 21.

The American carrier is reducing its overall capacity by 90 per cent in April.

The following routes will continue to operate between now and through May:

  • Newark/New York – Frankfurt (Flights 960/961)
  • Newark/New York – London (Flights 16/17)
  • Newark/New York – Tel Aviv (Flights 90/91)
  • Houston – Sao Paulo (Flights 62/63)
  • San Francisco – Tokyo-Narita (Flights 837/838)
  • San Francisco – Sydney (Flights 863/870)

The airline said it has reinstated the following outbound flights through March 27 to “help displaced customers who still need to get home”:

  • Newark/New York – Amsterdam (Flights 70/71)
  • Newark/New York – Munich (Flights 30/31)
  • Newark/New York – Brussels (Flights 999/998)
  • Washington-Dulles – London (Flights 918/919)
  • San Francisco – Frankfurt (Flights 58/59)
  • Newark/New York – Sao Paulo (Flights 149/148)

The following outbound flights are scheduled through March 29:

  • San Francisco – Seoul (Flights 893/892)

“In destinations where government actions have barred us from flying, we are actively looking for ways to bring customers who have been impacted by travel restrictions back to the United States,” said the airline.

On March 14, the US banned all foreign nationals who have recently been in the United Kingdom and Ireland.  The ban does not apply to US citizens or permanent residents.

Travellers who have been in any of the 26 countries within the Schengen border-free travel area, China or Iran within 14 days of their travel to the US have also been barred from entering the country.

Canada and the US also closed their border to non-essential traffic on March 18.