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United Airlines planes land at their Newark Liberty Airport base in New Jersey, USA. (Photo: Business Insider)

United Airlines halts flights to the Caribbean

United Airlines planes land at their Newark Liberty Airport base in New Jersey, USA. (Photo: Business Insider)

United Airlines continues its reduction of international flights, including those to the Caribbean, going into April.

Last week the carrier announced that it grounded flights from its Newark Liberty Airport base to several Caribbean destinations.

“Due to a continued drop in travel demand as a result of this outbreak and government mandates or restrictions in place prohibiting travel, the airline today announced a 60 per cent schedule reduction in April.”

— United Airlines

“United continues to aggressively manage the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on our employees, our customers and our business,” the airline said in a press release.

“Due to a continued drop in travel demand as a result of this outbreak and government mandates or restrictions in place prohibiting travel, the airline today announced a 60 per cent schedule reduction in April — this includes a 42 per cent reduction across the US and Canada and an 85 per cent decrease in international flights,” the release continued.

Among the Caribbean destinations affected by the reduction are: Antigua; Nassau, The Bahamas; Providenciales, Turks and Caicos; Punta Cana and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St Lucia; and St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.