US airlines waive cancellation fees for South Korea flights as coronavirus spreads beyond China


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Leslie Josephs | CNBC

Delta Air Lines and American Airlines on Monday said they would waive cancellation and change fees for travelers booked to South Korea as the coronavirus spreads beyond China.

Earlier on Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned travelers to avoid non-essential travel to South Korea, where the disease has sickened close to 900 people.

Delta travelers who booked tickets to the South Korean capital of Seoul through April 30 can change flights until May 31 or cancel their trips without paying a fee, the airline said on its website. American’s customers booked to Seoul through April 24 can change their flights without paying a date-change fee, or they can cancel the trip altogether. Those travelers can also change the origin or destination of their trips to the Japanese capital of Tokyo, and take another plane to or from South Korea.

U.S. airlines, including Delta, have suspended their service to Hong Kong and to mainland China, where most of the cases are located. Chinese officials have reported more than 77,000 cases of the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19, and more than 2,660 deaths.

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