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Airlines and the Impact of the Coronavirus Outbreak

With the help of Flight Global and writers Graham Dunn, David Kaminski-Morrow, Pilar Wolfsteller and Cirium, we take a look at the impact of the Coronavirus on some airlines and one response from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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Lufthansa to cut short-haul operations by up to a quarter to counter coronavirus

The Lufthansa Group is to cut its short and medium-haul operations by up to 25% in the coming weeks as it moves to counteract the air travel impact of the coronavirus. The group has also pushed into April the suspension of its flights to China and Iran. It says this takes number of long-haul aircraft across the group currently not in operation from 13 to up to 23.

The majority of short-haul network cuts are on its Italian routes, following spike in cases reported in northern Italy.

Lufthansa is reducing frequencies across eight Italian destinations - Milan, Venice, Rome, Turin, Verona, Bologna, Ancona and Pisa - as well as some German domestic services.

Austrian is cutting its flight programme to Italy by 40% over the next two months, while Brussels Airlines will reduce flights across four Italian routes by 30% over the next two weeks.

Swiss ‘will probably’ reduce flight frequencies to and from Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice until the end of April. The Group’s budget