Major US airlines add Hong Kong to China flight suspensions

Thursday, 06 Feb, 2020

There are over 500 weekly flights between India and Singapore, according to Indian government information, with direct flights to around 15 cities.

Travelers from China are being screened for the virus at airports worldwide and several airlines suspended flights to Wuhan.

China has frequently accused the protesters of seeking support, guidance and even funding from foreign governments that hope to destabilise the Chinese economy.

Since the outbreak, demand for flights from the China dropped by as much as 58%, Berg said.

A flight of China Airlines, CA-946 with eighteen passengers on board on Tuesday left for Beijing from Karachi International airport, ARY News reported.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex said he hoped China would accept an offer from the United States and the WHO to send epidemiological experts to China.

Major US airlines add Hong Kong to China flight suspensions
Major US airlines add Hong Kong to China flight suspensions

The request lays bare desperate times at Cathay, which was hammered previous year by months of political chaos and protests in Hong Kong and has now been hurt further by the fallout from the virus outbreak.

The first African airline company had however decided initially to maintain its flights mainly to five cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Hong Kong) stressing that China is a "strategic market" for its development.

As the USA steps up its response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Department of Homeland Security is warning airline passengers that their flights may wind up rerouted if officials discover mid-flight that someone onboard has been in China in the last 14 days.

Cathay Pacific announced that it is cutting its fifth freedom flight from New York (JFK) to Vancouver early, leaving less than two weeks for flyers to experience this journey. Israel's Health Ministry said it won't allow flights from China to land at its airports.

The China flights account for about 12 percent of Korean Air's revenue and some 17 percent of Asiana Airlines' sales, according to the air carriers' data.

Three Irish nationals travelled on a rescue flight last week organised by the British air force to bring more than 100 people to the United Kingdom from Wuhan.