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(2nd LD) United, Delta waive change fee for S. Korea-bound travelers

Diplomacy 07:05 February 25, 2020

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with Delta's travel waiver; CHANGES headline)
By Lee Haye-ah

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (Yonhap) -- United Airlines and Delta Air Lines on Monday put South Korea on a travel waiver list, allowing passengers bound for the country to change their flights without paying a fee amid an outbreak of the coronavirus there.

United's waiver applies to passengers originally booked on flights departing from Feb. 24 to April 30, the U.S. airline said on its website. Those travelers can switch to another flight within the same window, and between the same cities, without paying the change fee or any difference in fare.

Travelers wishing to postpone their flight beyond April 30, or to change their departure or destination city, will be able to do so without paying the change fee but may still be required to pay any difference in fare, the company added. The original ticket must have been purchased by Feb. 23.

Delta Air Lines said its waiver will apply to travel through April 30, with the rescheduled travel beginning no later than May 31.

The measures comes amid a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in South Korea. As of Monday, there were a total of 833 confirmed cases, with eight deaths.

United Airlines operates direct flights between San Francisco and Incheon. Delta flies to Incheon from Atlanta, Minneapolis and Detroit.

Other destinations currently on United's travel waiver list over the coronavirus include Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak; Beijing; Chengdu; Shanghai; and Hong Kong.

Delta only lists Beijing, Shanghai and Incheon.

On Saturday, the U.S. State Department raised its travel advisory for South Korea by one notch to Level 2, urging travelers to exercise "increased caution."

This AP file photo shows a United Airlines Boeing 737 Max airplane. (Yonhap)


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