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The Scale of the Schengen - US Travel Ban

The US Government suspension of travel from European Union Schengen Agreement countries comes in to force today.

OAG's Becca Rowland looks at the impact.

Image - Kevan James

On Wednesday 11th March the US announced a 30-day ban on travellers arriving from European countries who are signatories to the Schengen Agreement which takes effect today, Friday 13th March.

According to OAG flight schedules, the ban will effect passengers arriving on nearly 7,000 flights over the next 4 weeks. If those flights were cancelled due to lack of demand that would remove close to 2 million seats each way from the market.

Of the Schengen Agreement countries in Europe, Germany, France and the Netherlands will be most affected as they make up 57% of all flights between the Schengen Area and the United States.

The most affected airlines will be Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, which, together are scheduled to fly 31% of all flights between the United States and the Schengen Area in this period. Lufthansa is the most affected European airline, flying 13% of flights between the two areas.