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BUZZ-European airlines: Plummet on U.S. curbs on travel from Europe

(Updates with share price moves, adds airport operators)

** Airline shares slump after the United States imposes a clampdown on European travel to the country

** Lufthansa down 10.8%, Norwegian down 18%, ICAG down 7.7%, Air France down 17% and SAS down 9.9% in early trade

** U.S. President Donald Trump has said the ban was needed because the country was entering a "critical time" in the fight against the virus

** The 30-day ban excludes Britain, Ireland and other countries outside the European Schengen passport-free travel area

** "Given the spread of the virus and the subsequent reaction of the United States it cannot be excluded that the UK may also be subject to a travel ban at a later date," Bernstein says

** Airport operators also slid, with Fraport down 9.6%, Paris airport operator ADP down 12.1% and Flughafen Zuerich down 12.5%