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MSP temporarily loses its flights to London, Amsterdam, Paris, Reykjavik

The government has imposed a travel ban on flights to mainland Europe.
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Delta is suspending flights between Minnesota and the European cities of Amsterdam and Paris effective Saturday.

The move was taken on Friday in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision earlier this week to ban travel from the majority of western European countries for 30 days in an attempt to stem the coronavirus outbreak.

Americans can still fly to Europe, but can only return through 13 designated airports, and MSP wasn't on the list despite Delta lobbying the government to make it one.

As such, the Delta and KLM routes between MSP and Amsterdam, the Delta route to Paris Charles De Gaulle, and the Icelandair route to Reykjavik, will be suspended for at least a month.

It also means that, as of Monday, the only U.S. Delta routes to London's Heathrow Airport will fly out of Atlanta, Detroit and New York. 

Aer Lingus is also still able to operate its popular MSP to Dublin route, with Ireland exempt from the travel ban, though it has just reduced that to 5 flights a week amid the ongoing drop in demand.

Delta is cutting its flights by as much as 40 percent following the drop in demand that has ensued following the coronavirus scare, and is planning to run a "significantly reduced" U.S.-Europe schedule as a result.

It is capping fares for travel to Europe through Mar. 20, and has also extended its change fees for customers going to and from Europe and the U.K. through May 31.

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