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Cargo from Europe still allowed into US airports, but not passengers

THE White House has clarified that cargo is not included in the US ban on travel from most parts of Europe, taken as a measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the US

17 March 2020 - 19:00

THE White House has clarified that cargo is not included in the US ban on travel from most parts of Europe, taken as a measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the US.

Initially, US President Donald Trump had indicated that the ban would also 'apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo'.



However, the White House later clarified that the ban only applies to the movement of people, not goods or cargo, reported London's Air Cargo News.



The UK, Ireland and other non-Schengen countries are unaffected.



However, the move will result in removing from the market bellyhold capacity for cargo onboard passenger aircraft, as services are cancelled.



Air Cargo News sister title FlightGlobal said the move seems certain to upend, if not outright freeze, air travel between the US and continental Europe, a market with some 560 flights daily, according to Cirium schedules data.



The ban that came into effect on March 13 will last 30 days. It applies only to foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries encompassing the Schengen agreement for 14 days before their scheduled arrival in the US.



Some 40 airlines were scheduled to operate a combined 560 passenger flights daily, carrying some 160,000 seats, in both directions between the US and continental Europe in the 30 days starting March 13, according to Cirium schedules data. That equates to 17,000 flights and 4.8 million seats over the 30-day period.



European countries with the greatest number of US flights include Germany, France and the Netherlands. Other countries with notable capacity to the US include Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal and Turkey.



American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines will be the most-impacted US carriers. Combined, they operate 200 daily flights from the USA to Europe.



European carriers most affected stand to be Lufthansa, with 60 daily US flights, and Air France, with an average of 37.


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