As an update: WHO declares global health emergency for Noval Coronavirus today.
Airlines Canceling Flights To China As Late As March
Airlines are canceling and cutting flights to China through as late as March as the Wuhan coronavirus continues to infect people especially in Beijing and Shanghai. As reported by Business Insider,
- Airlines around the world have canceled or cut their flights to China until as late as March amid the coronavirus outbreak.
- Air travel is one of the quickest ways a disease can spread, since aircraft fly all over the world, especially from an economic hub like China.
As the number of people infected with the Wuhan coronavirus around the world grows, airlines have canceled or reduced flights to China, where the virus was discovered.
Their reasoning is a mix of reduced demand to visit the country and fear of the virus spreading, with numerous cities outside China reporting cases of the virus.
European and US airlines — along with some Asian airlines — largely make up the list of those reducing service or outright canceling flights to mainland China until the virus is under control. Some airlines have canceled flights as far out as the end of March.
Beijing and Shanghai are among the most affected cities, and some airlines have cut service to Hong Kong, a semiautonomous region of the country.
I am definitely keeping an eye on this Wuhan coronavirus. I don’t have any plans to travel towards China anytime soon. Does this affect your travel plans?