March 14, 2020 / 6:39 PM / 15 days ago

Dramatic drop in passenger flights due to European travel ban expected - U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States expects a major drop in passenger flights from countries subject to the European travel ban aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, a senior Department of Homeland Security official said on Saturday.

“We expect the number of passengers to decline dramatically and relatively quickly,” the official said in a briefing for reporters. “We would expect to see some airlines pull down flights. Not all flights, but to reduce the number of their flights.”

Reporting by Jonathan Landay

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