More than one million airline seats could be lost between the UK and US due to president Donald Trump’s transatlantic travel ban.

The UK is set to be hit worst by the restrictions imposed to limit the spread of coronavirus, travel analytics firm ForwardKeys revealed.

More than 1.3 million airline seats are at risk as of midnight last night, when the exclusion was extended from the European Schengen area to the UK and Ireland.


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This is in addition to two million seats placed in jeopardy on Friday.

The UK is followed by Germany, standing to lose around 500,000 seats, France, around 400,000, the Netherlands around 300,000, Spain, around 200,000 and then Italy and Switzerland, each with around 100,000.

Airlines set to suffer the worst are US carriers Delta Air Lines and United, which each stand to lose around 400,000 seats.

British Airways is next followed by American Airlines, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, Aer Lingus, KLM and Norwegian.

Coronavirus: ‘Unprecedented’collapse in air travel

ForwardKeys insights vice president Olivier Ponti said: “Whilst a few flights are still operating, bringing permanent US residents and their immediate family back home, this is an unprecedented collapse in air travel.

“In an incredibly short space of time, this ban has decimated the world’s busiest and most profitable segment of the aviation industry, transatlantic travel.”