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Airlines suspend China flights because of coronavirus outbreak

Posted On: Sat 01 Feb 2020 By TCR NEWS | REUTERS

Airlines are suspending flights to China in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak, which as of Friday had killed more than 200 people and infected nearly 10,000 people.

 

Here is the latest on their plans (in alphabetical order):

 

AIR CANADA

 

Air Canada said on Jan. 28 it was cancelling select flights to China.

 

AIR FRANCE

 

Air France said on Jan. 30 it suspended all scheduled flights to and from mainland China until Feb. 9.

 

AIR INDIA

 

Air India said it was cancelling its Mumbai-Delhi-Shanghai flight from Jan. 31 to Feb. 14.

 

AIR NEW ZEALAND

 

Air New Zealand said on Feb. 1 it will suspend its Auckland-Shanghai service from Feb. 9 to March 29 due to travel restrictions affecting crew and a decline in forward bookings.

 

AIR SEOUL

 

South Korean budget carrier Air Seoul said on Jan. 28 it had suspended all flights to China.

 

AIR TANZANIA

 

Tanzania’s state-owned carrier said it would postpone its maiden flights to China. It had planned to begin charter flights to China in February.

 

AMERICAN AIRLINES

 

American Airlines said it will cancel flights to Beijing and Shanghai starting Jan. 31, and run through March 27, though it will continue to fly to Hong Kong.

 

BRITISH AIRWAYS

 

BA said on Jan. 30 it had canceled all flights to mainland China for a month.

 

CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS

 

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific said it would progressively reduce capacity to and from mainland China by 50% or more from Jan. 30 to the end of March.

 

DELTA AIR LINES

 

Delta Air Lines announced cancellations, with its last flights out of mainland China on Feb. 5, running through April 30.

 

EGYPTAIR

 

Egypt’s flag carrier said on Jan. 30 it would suspend all flights to and from China starting Feb. 1.

 

EL AL ISRAEL AIRLINES

 

El Al Israel Airlines said on Jan. 30 it was suspending flights to Beijing until March 25. Israel’s Health Ministry said it will not allow flights from China to land at its airports.

 

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

 

The African carrier on Jan. 30 denied reports it had suspended all flights to China. The airline’s statement contradicted its passenger call center, which told Reuters earlier in the day that flights to China had been suspended.

 

ETIHAD AIRWAYS

 

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways said passenger flights between Beijing and Nagoya, in Japan, had been temporarily suspended due to low travel demand.

 

FINNAIR

 

Finland’s Finnair said on Jan. 31 it was cancelling all flights to mainland China between Feb. 6 and Feb. 29 and to Guangzhou between Feb. 5 and March 29.

 

KENYA AIRWAYS

 

Kenya Airways said on Jan. 31 it has suspended all flights to China until further notice.

 

LION AIR

 

Indonesia’s Lion Air Group said on Jan. 29 it would suspend all flights to China from February. The airline has suspended six flights from several Indonesian cities to China so far and will suspend the rest next month.

 

LOT POLISH AIRLINES

 

Polish carrier LOT said it had decided to temporarily suspend its flights to Beijing until Feb. 9.

 

LUFTHANSA

 

Germany’s Lufthansa said on Jan. 29 it was suspending Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines flights to and from China until Feb. 9. The airline continues to fly to Hong Kong, but it will stop taking bookings for flights to mainland China until the end of February.

 

QANTAS AIRWAYS

 

Australia’s Qantas said on Feb. 1 it was suspending direct flights to mainland China. The Australian national carrier’s direct flights from Sydney to Beijing and Sydney to Shanghai will be halted from Feb. 9 until March 29.

 

ROYAL AIR MAROC

 

Moroccan airline Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has temporarily suspended its direct flights to China, the company said on Jan. 30. RAM had on Jan. 16 launched a direct air route with three flights weekly between its Casablanca hub and Beijing.

 

RUSSIA

 

All Russian airlines, with the exception of national airline Aeroflot, will stop flying to China, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said.

 

RWANDAIR

 

Rwanda carrier RwandAir has halted flights to and from China until further notice, the airline said in a statement on Friday. The decision will be reviewed later in February, it said.

 

SAS

 

Nordic airline SAS said on Jan. 30 it has decided to suspend all flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing from Jan. 31 until Feb. 9.

 

SAS offers 12 regular weekly connections from and to Shanghai and Beijing.

 

SCOOT

 

Singapore airline Scoot said it was suspending all flights between Singapore and China from Feb. 8, media reported.

 

SHANGHAI AIRLINES

 

Shanghai Airlines said on Jan. 31 it would suspend its Chengdu-Budapest flight between Feb. 4 and March 28 and its Xi’an-Budapest flight between Feb. 6 and March 26 according to a statement on the website of the Budapest Airport operator.

 

The airline’s Shanghai-Budapest flight is unaffected.

 

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

 

Singapore Airlines Ltd said on Jan. 31 it would reduce capacity on some of its routes to mainland China in February.

 

The cuts include flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xiamen and Chongqing, some of which are flown by regional arm SilkAir. Its budget carrier Scoot is also cutting back on flights to China.

 

TURKISH AIRLINES

 

Turkey’s flag carrier said on Jan. 30 it would decrease frequency on scheduled flights to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Xian between Feb. 5 and Feb. 29.

 

UNITED AIRLINES

 

Chicago-based United announced cancellations, saying last flights out of mainland China will be Feb. 5, running through March 28.

 

United had previously suspended 24 U.S. flights to Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai between Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 because of a significant drop in demand.

 

UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC'

 

UPS has canceled 22 China flights, as a result of the Wuhan quarantines and normal manufacturing closures due to the Lunar New Year holiday, UPS Chief Executive David Abney said on Jan. 30. He did not specify how many flights cancellations were due to the virus.

 

VIETJET

 

Vietnam’s Vietjet will suspend all flights to and from China from Feb. 1, the company said on Jan. 31.  Vietnam Airlines will suspend some flights to China.

 

VIETNAM AIRLINES

 

Vietnam Airlines will suspend its flights to destinations in China next week over coronavirus concerns, the company said on Friday.

 

VIRGIN ATLANTIC

Virgin Atlantic said on Jan. 30 it would suspend its daily operations to Shanghai for two weeks from Feb. 2. It cited declining demand for flights and the safety of its customers and staff.

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