LATAM Airlines Group is cutting its international flights by 30% for the months of April and May, as countries close borders to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

As a result of lower demand and government restrictions resulting from the pandemic, the airline group is reducing flights from South America to Europe and the USA from 1 April to 30 May.

“Faced with this complex and extraordinarily dynamic scenario, LATAM is taking immediate and responsible measures to safeguard the group’s long-term sustainability, while seeking to secure passengers’ travel plans and protect the jobs of the group’s 43,000 coworkers,” states chief commercial officer Roberto Alvo.

Other measures include the suspension of new investments and hiring, as well as incentives for unpaid leave and the bringing forward of vacations.

LATAM says its domestic markets have not been affected and there will be no changes to national flight itineraries.

Cirium schedules data shows that the group has 504 flights scheduled to the USA and Europe from South America for March.

LATAM has suspended its guidance for 2020.