European travel restrictions forces airlines to make adjustments
Airlines in both the United States and Europe are making changes and canceling flights in response to European Union proposals regarding new, more severe travel regulations for Americans.
Last week, the EU said that it will recommend that the United States be removed from its 27-country “safe list” for accepting foreign tourists.
The announcement was only a suggestion, other EU countries must make their own decisions about restricting travelers.
That is exactly what the Netherlands did last week when it announced that only vaccinated Americans with a recent negative COVID-19 test will be allowed to travel, coupled with a required 10-day quarantine that can be reduced to five days subject to strict testing.
The national carrier of the Netherlands, KLM, issued a statement, “The decision by the Dutch government is a big step backward.”
KLM announced the cancellation of service from Amsterdam to Orlando, Miami, and Las Vegas, three routes that were originally scheduled to be suspended from Oct. 31, 2021, to March 26, 2022.
American, Delta, and United Airlines all operate several daily flights to Amsterdam and have not yet announced any schedule adjustments or cancellations.
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