As the world observes the Coronavirus Outbreak in China, major airlines have suspended flights around 50,000 flights to/from China.
The decisions by individual airlines to suspend or scale down their China-bound flights follow travel advisories from several countries warning against non-essential travel to China. These suspensions have varying lengths starting early February through the end of the month or until March/April.
Among the major airlines that have scaled down their services to China include Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, and Philippine Airlines.
Other airlines such as United, American, British Airways, and Delta have suspended all flights to mainland China indefinitely while United and American have extended the move to include flights to Hong Kong.
According to aviation consulting firm Cirrum, there are over 160,000 scheduled flights to/from China between January 29 to March 28. These moves are expected to cut into airline revenues in what is the world's second largest aviation market.
While major foreign carriers cut their services, China's civil aviation authority - the Civil Aviation Administration of China - has requested their airlines to continue operating their international routes.