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U.S.-Based Airlines Cancel Service to China Due to Coronavirus

by Erich Martin

Feb 4, 2020
eFlyer Lead

The coronavirus continues to spread, and its impact can already be felt in travel to and throughout China. A handy timeline from Australian news website abc.net.au outlines the outbreak from the first detected instance of the disease in mid-December.

Toward the end of January, China locked Wuhan down and canceled Lunar New Year festivities in the city. In the following days and weeks, more and more cities were locked down as Chinese officials tried to stem the spread of the disease. Perhaps too little too late, travel organizations and countries now take matters into their own hands.

British Airways was the first airline to make an announcement regarding flights to Mainland China. On Wednesday of last week, the airline suspended all routes into the growing pandemic’s center. The airline’s announcement follows The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s recommendation that travellers avoid all but essential travel to China’s Mainland.

On Feb. 2, the U.S. State Department issued a level four travel advisory, cautioning all Americans to stay out of China at any cost.

According to Reuters, United Airlines suspended more than 20 U.S.-based flights to China and Hong Kong citing a lack of demand.  Delta Air Lines and American Airlines suspended flights to China after the State Department raised the travel advisory level. Other countries including South Korea and the U.A.E. advise staying away from the country if at all possible.

In the United States, there are 11 confirmed cases of the virus as of Feb. 3. Patients are under quarantine in five states, including California, Illinois, Washington and Arizona. The CDC issued a travel warning urging all American travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China. A full breakdown of the CDC’s notice to the public, including travel tips and strategies to stay healthy, can be found online.

Are you worried about the coronavirus in your day-to-day life? Did SARS impact your travel to China after 2003, and will this impact your travel to China in the future? Tell us. Email us at [email protected]. Please include your full name and location.

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