I guess this will have a domino effect as Austrian Airlines relies heavily on transfer passengers from these markets.
Austrian government bans flights from the western Balkans as well as from Romania, Bulgaria, Egypt and Moldova.
I guess their flights from Vienna to places like Chicago will be quite empty now. https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory ... 0-71768006
The US still isn't letting anyone in from Europe, anyway. And there can't be that many US Passport holders/permanent US Residents in the Balkans still wanting to return home by now? So I don't imagine this will make the Chicago flight any quieter...
Well, there must have been enough passengers for them to make ORD their highest frequency destination in the US. I've flown on this route many times and all I could hear onboard were Balkan languages.
Sure, but not during Covid times, surely?
From the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nc ... tries.html
With specific exceptions, foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries during the past 14 days may not enter the United States. For a full list of exceptions, please refer to the relevant proclamations in the links below.
European Schengen area
(Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
(England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
Republic of Ireland
As further provided in each proclamation, citizens and lawful permanent residents of the United States, certain family members, and other individuals who meet specified exceptions, who have been in one of the countries listed above in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter the United States through one of 15 airports. After arriving to the United States from one of these countries, CDC recommends that travelers stay home and monitor their health for 14 days. More information about what to do after arriving to the United States is available on CDC’s Returning from International Travel webpage.
So anyone transiting in Vienna isn't allowed entry to the US, anyway, except for US Citizens, Permanent residents of the United States, or exceptions (diplomats, flight crew and family members of the above).