• Korean Air Suspends Flights To Select US Cities Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Korean Air planes parked at Incheon International Airport.
Korean Air planes parked at Incheon International Airport.
Korean Air is suspending flights between Incheon and Washington, D.C. from April 13 through May 31 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Other U.S. cities subject to the same action include Boston, Dallas, Seattle, Las Vegas and Honolulu.

In Canada, flights to Toronto and Vancouver will be suspended.

However, flights to Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta will continue.

Airline officials said on Tuesday that the suspensions follow an increase in U.S. states ordering residents to stay at home and incoming travelers to self-quarantine to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The airline industry is suffering from a plunge in demand due to the pandemic.

Earlier, the flag carrier said all of its foreign pilots would be put on three months of unpaid leave starting April 1 in a self-rescue effort amid worsening business conditions.

The measure is believed to affect over 380 pilots.

It also announced that it would be cutting executives' salaries by up to 50 percent until business is back on track.

The company is reportedly considering expanding pay cuts and temporary leave to all employees amid the crisis.■

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