March 14, 2020 / 5:48 PM / 16 days ago

U.S. airlines prepare new flight cuts after new UK, Ireland restrictions

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO, March 14 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines said on Saturday it plans to soon announce additional schedule changes to its European flights after the Trump administration announced it was expanding travel restrictions to Britain and Ireland.

Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday the new travel restrictions — first imposed on China and expanded this week to continental Europe — will apply to Britain and Ireland starting Monday at midnight. Last week’s European changes prompted U.S. airlines to cut numerous flights. The restrictions bar most non-U.S. citizens from visiting Britain or Ireland within the last 14 days but do not bar flights.

Reporting by David Shepardson and Tracy Rucinski Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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