Coronavirus: Delta reducing flights to Japan

Starting Sunday at 5 p.m., U.S. citizens who have recently traveled to China were only allowed to fly into seven airport.s Those seven airports are all conducting screenings for the deadly virus.

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Delta Air Lines is reducing flights to Japan due to the coronavirus.

Atlanta-based Delta will cut daily Atlanta-Tokyo flights to five times a week starting March 7 due to the spread of the virus, also known as COVID-19.

Delta will also suspend its seasonal Osaka-Seattle flight and fly only three or five times a week on five other routes to Japan, instead of daily.

Some of the airline’s other routes to Tokyo will still operate daily, including from Detroit, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Seattle. That means some travelers to Japan may need to connect through other cities.

The U.S. State Department's travel advisory for Japan recommends that travelers exercise increased caution due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Those whose flights are affected should go to Delta’s website to see their options, including refunds, rebooking on alternate flights, or discussing other options, according to Delta.

The airline said it will continue plans to shift its operation in Tokyo from Narita Airport to Haneda Airport starting March 28.

Delta has already suspended flights to China and reduced flights to Korea due to the virus.

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