By David Shepardson and Tracy Rucinski
WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – United Airlines Co (O:) said late Saturday it would begin cutting flights to the United Kingdom after Washington expanded travel restrictions to Britain and Ireland, and Southwest Airlines (N:) moved toward flight cuts as the coronavirus outbreak sapped demand.
Delta Airlines Inc (N:) also said it planned to start cutting flights to the United Kingdom.
Southwest, one of the few U.S. airlines still flying a full schedule, said it was “seriously considering” cutting flights.
While airlines scrambled to stem losses and protect jobs, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the government would “immediately” start working with Congress to support the airline and cruise industries, both hard hit by the spiraling crisis.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said restrictions on the UK and