As the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak continues to impact the economies of China, Asia, and beyond, several airlines are now reducing or cancelling trans-continental flights to/from China.
Among the most prominent airlines include British Airways, which will suspend all flights between England and mainland China as the United Kingdom government issued a warning to its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to the country.
Another prominent carrier was Chicago-based United Airlines, which will suspend 24 round-trip flights that have been scheduled between February 1-8 between the United States and China. The move will affect flights operated by United from Shanghai-Pudong and Beijing-Capital to its stateside hubs San Francisco, Newark, Chicago, and Washington-Dulles. The reductions will also affect its flights from San Francisco to the Hong Kong SAR.
Along with United, American Airlines will also cancel flights between Los Angeles to both Shanghai and Beijing between February 9 to March 27. The Dallas-based airline will still continue flights to Hong Kong from its Los Angeles and Dallas-Fort Worth hubs.
Joining the US and British based airlines in cancelling all flights to China is Indonesia's Lion Air affecting 15 of the airlines routes to the country. The cancellations will take to effect on February 1 and according to a statement from the airline there is no timetable for the resumptions.
The news follows the move by Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific which announced it would cut its total number of flights to/from China by half - from 480 to 240 flights per week.