French airlines are taking extreme measures to avoid the US at all costs on their routes to the South Pacific after Trump’s travel ban, including the world’s longest non-stop flight from Tahiti to Paris
- The US government’s travel ban on certain European countries is preventing travelers who have visited the continent from entering the US, even those just passing through.
- Air France, Air Tahiti Nui, and French Bee all operate flights between Paris and Papeete, French Polynesia that stop in the US with a large number of European passengers who as of the past week can’t enter the US.
- Air Tahiti Nui and French bee have responded by rerouting flights and the latter has resulted in operating a non-stop flight from Papeete to Paris, making it the longest non-stop flight in the world.
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President Donald Trump’s proclamation on Wednesday largely restricted entry into the United States for non-citizen European residents is leading to a reduction in flights across the Atlantic and airlines potentially losing a large number of passengers affected by the ban.
The ban not only prevents European travelers to enter the US but also those who pass through the US to points to reach destinations in other parts of North America, the Caribbean, South America, or Oceania.
Unlike most countries in Europe as well as neighboring Canada, the US doesn’t allow for airside transfers between international …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]