Update: United has announced that they will also suspend all flights to China from February 6-March 27. Flights are also being suspended between Newark and Hong Kong.
Last night the US State Department issued its strongest warning, Level 4, to avoid all travel to China due to the Novel Coronavirus that has been spreading exponentially since its jump from animal to human at a Wuhan wet market.
- American has announced that they are suspending all flights to China from now through March 27.
- Delta has announced they will suspend flights to China from February 4 through April 30.
United has announced reduced flights to China and Hong Kong, but as the largest US carrier to China, they have not yet announced that they will suspend operations. I’d expect them to do so shortly though as they come under pressure from crew and the State Department.
Other airlines around the world, from El Al to Air Canada to British Airways, have already announced suspensions of flights to China.
Passengers can contact their airline for a refund or change of travel dates.
Personally, I’m booked to fly on Cathay Pacific between NYC and Vancouver next month and am rethinking that trip as well.
Did you have plans to travel to China or elsewhere in Asia? What are your thoughts on the Novel Coronavirus?