SAN JOSE – Coronavirus jitter and U.S. air travel restrictions to England and Ireland have sparked the loss of some Bay Area flights to Europe and Asia, but the region is also gaining flights within California.
British Airways suspended flights between San Jose International Airport and London after the US decided to extend a travel ban to England, Scotland and Ireland in an effort to fight the coronavirus.
The British Airways service was launched in 2018 and is seen as an example of the increasing reach and attractiveness of the San Jose International Airport.
ANA, All Nippon Airways, has decided to suspend flights between Japan’s Tokyo Narita Airport and several West Coast destinations including San Jose, Seattle and Los Angeles effective March 24, according to the airline’s website.
Separately, one airline whose main offering is short haul has expanded its connections between the Bay Area and Southern California.
Southwest Airlines has decided to add a flight between Long Beach and the Oakland and San Jose International Airports every weekday.
Some analysts believe Southwest may highlight short-haul flights as other airlines have cut long-haul routes between the US and other countries, particularly to locations in Asia and Europe.
The new Southwest service means the airline will offer five flights each weekday connecting Oakland to Long Beach and San Jose to Long Beach.