Global Airlines continue to suspend flights to China due to coronavirus

An Etihad Airways plane prepares to land at the Abu Dhabi airport. (File photo: AP)

Airlines are suspending flights to China in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak, which as of Friday had killed more than 259 people and infected nearly 10,000 people.

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

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

Air France: Air France said on January 30 it suspended all scheduled flights to and from mainland China until February 9.

Air India: Air India said it was cancelling its Mumbai-Delhi-Shanghai flight from Janury 31 to February 14.

Air New Zealand: Air New Zealand said on January 31 it was temporarily reducing flights between Auckland and Shanghai to four return services a week from February 18 to March 31 rather than the usual daily flights.

Air Seoul: South Korean budget carrier Air Seoul said on January 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: The largest US carrier said it would suspend flights from Los Angeles to Beijing and Shanghai from Feb. 9 to March 27.

British Airways: BA said on January 30 it had cancelled 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 percent or more from January 30 to the end of March.

Delta Airlines: The US airline said on January 29 it was reducing flights to China to 21 per week from 42, starting February 6 through April 30.

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways: Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways said on Friday passenger flights between Beijing and Nagoya, in Japan, have been temporarily suspended due to low travel demand after the coronavirus outbreak in China.

Egypt Air: Egypt’s flag carrier said on January 30 it will suspend all flights to and from China starting February 1.

El Al Israel Airlines: El Al Israel Airlines said on January 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 January 30 denied reports it had suspended all flights to China. The airline’s statement contradicted its passenger call centre, which told Reuters earlier in the day that flights to China had been suspended.

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

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

Lion Air: Indonesia’s Lion Air Group said on January 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.

Lufthansa: Germany’s Lufthansa said on January 29 it was suspending Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines flights to and from China until February 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.

Qatar Airways: Qatar Airways announced on Saturday that it will suspend flights to mainland China from Monday, February 3, until further notice.

Qantas Airways: Australia’s Qantas said on February 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 February 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 January 30. RAM had on January 16 launched a direct air route with three flights weekly between its Casablanca hub and Beijing.

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 January 30 it has decided to suspend all flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing from January 31 until February 9. SAS offers 12 regular weekly connections from and to Shanghai and Beijing.

Shanghai Airlines: Shanghai Airlines said on January 31 it would suspend its Chengdu-Budapest flight between February 4 and March 28 and its Xi’an-Budapest flight between February 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 January 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 January 30 it would decrease frequency on scheduled flights to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Xian between February 5 and February 29.

Turkmenistan Airlines: Turkmenistan Airlines, the Central Asian nation’s state carrier, said on February 1, it had suspended flights to and from Beijing.

United Airlines: Chicago-based United said it would implement a second phase of flight cancellations between its hub cities in the United States and Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, resulting in 332 additional round trips being called off through March 28. The cancellations will reduce the carrier’s daily departures for mainland China and Hong Kong to four daily departures from 12.

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

United Parcel Service Inc.:UPS has cancelled 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 January 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 February 1, the company said on January 31.

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

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