Feb 01, 2020 08:40 PM

Airlines Cut Flights and Routes to China as Virus Fears Grow


Some 40 airlines in 29 countries and regions have suspended flights to the Chinese mainland amid fears about the deadly coronavirus that has infected thousands and killed hundreds.

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Among those, British Airways was the first flag carrier to cancel all of its flights to the Chinese mainland when it did so Wednesday, citing advice from the U.K. Foreign Office. Others have been cutting some routes because of reduced market demand since at least Jan. 23.

Delta and American airlines both stopped all flights to China for two to three months after the U.S. government escalated its virus response. On Friday, it barred foreign nationals, with the exception of permanent residents and immediate family of U.S. citizens, from entering the country if they had visited China in the past 14 days.

The third major U.S. carrier, United Airlines, canceled flights to several major cities in China through March. As many as 13 European airlines have scaled back or stopped flights to the Chinese mainland as of Saturday.

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