American Airlines flight AA198 from New York JFK to Milan was cancelled Saturday evening after crewmembers refused to make the trip to Northern Italy over coronavirus fears.
An American Airlines spokesperson confirmed to Italian media,
We can confirm that the AA198 New York-Milan flight has been canceled for operational reasons..The reason for the cancellation was the staff’s decision not to fly due to fears related to coronavirus in Northern Italy..But we can assure you that all passengers will be accommodated on other flights to Milan.”
The New York – Milan aircraft, a Boeing 777-200, will fly to London Heathrow this morning instead.
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Subsequently the airline made the decision to suspend both of its daily Milan flights – New York JFK and Miami – effective immediately until April 25.
On Saturday the U.S. government raised the alert for travel to Northern Italy to its highest level.