With almost 3000 cases of the coronavirus across 49 of the 50 states in the US, American Airlines has announced the suspension of its service to several destinations including Guyana.
In a statement late last evening, American Airlines announced that with effect from Monday 16th March and continuing until the 6th May, it will be suspending its service to Guyana from both Miami and New York.
The already scheduled flights for the 16th March will operate as scheduled but the suspension takes full effect after those two flights. American Airlines operates daily flights to Guyana from New York and Miami.
The airline will be waiving all change of date fees for those passengers already booked on its service.
Other affected countries in South America include Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
“This suspension will last through May 6. This change is in response to decreased demand and changes to US government travel restrictions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
American Airline flights to parts of Europe will also be suspended in some instances while seasonal flights will face delays in operation.
The airline said some short-haul flights to the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico and parts of Central America will continue.
American Airlines also announced the reduction of flights to several cities across the United States.
Guyana has recorded 4 cases of the coronavirus. All of those cases are linked to one family. Three members of the family traveled from Queens, New York to Guyana last weekend aboard Caribbean Airlines with a stopover in Trinidad.
The mother was the first to test positive for the virus after she passed away at the Georgetown Hospital and since then, her husband and one of her children along with another relative have also tested positive for the coronavirus.