Air Travel Down Amid Covid-19 Concerns

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People walk through a sparse international departure terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) as concern over the coronavirus grows on March 7, 2020 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

President Trump has instituted a travel ban from Europe starting Friday. Rising concern over the coronavirus outbreak has already reduced air travel bookings by 25-35% and led to a reduction in airfares.   Passengers are cancelling or postponing flight arrangements because of travel restrictions, event cancellations, and risk aversion.  Meanwhile the CDC is advising against non-essential travel to China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. We’ll discuss what effect Covid-19 is having on air travel and hear just how safe it is to fly right now.


Henry Harteveldt, Travel Industry Analyst

Aruna Subramanian, infectious disease specialist, Stanford University