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.
Air Travel Down Amid Covid-19 Concerns
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)
Henry Harteveldt, Travel Industry Analyst
Aruna Subramanian, infectious disease specialist, Stanford University