(Latin America) April 20. American Airlines is reducing flights to select South American destinations due to a sharp decrease in demand amid COVID-19 surges, the airline confirmed to Insider.
The coronavirus pandemic has been ravaging parts of South America in recent weeks. As a result, several countries — including Brazil, Peru, and Chile — have recently seen a record high in COVID-19 cases and deaths.
At the same time, the more infectious P.1 coronavirus variant, which was first discovered in Brazil, has been spreading across several locations outside of the country, including Canada and Minnesota. And at the top of the month, Chile decided to shut down its borders, which means only Chileans and foreign residents will be allowed to travel to the country.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled Brazil, Chile, and Peru at the highest Level 4, and does not recommend traveling to these three South American countries.
Source: Business Insider