A report by ForwardKeys, the travel analytics company, reveals that the US trans-Atlantic travel ban on non-US residents entering the country from the Schengen area, due to the Coronavirus, has put 1.3M airline seats at risk of elimination of midnight last night when the exclusion was extended to the UK and Ireland. This is in addition to the 2 million seats placed in jeopardy last Friday.
The airlines which look set to suffer the most are US airline carriers, Delta and United, which each stand to lose around 400,000 seats. BA is next, followed by American, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, Aer Lingus, KLM and Norwegian.
In terms of countries, the UK is set to be worst hit, potentially losing over a million seats. It is followed by Germany, standing to lose around 500,000, France, around 400,000, the Netherlands around 300,000, Spain, around 200,000 then Italy and Switzerland, each with around 100,000.
Olivier Ponti, VP Insights, ForwardKeys said: “Whilst a few flights are still operating, bringing permanent US residents and their immediate family back home, this is an unprecedented collapse in air travel. In an incredibly short space of time, this ban has decimated the world’s busiest and most profitable segment of the aviation industry, trans-Atlantic travel.”