After State Department Warns Not To Travel To China, American, Delta, And United Suspend All China Flights

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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.

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?

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Nic

For now is this just mainland China? ( no HK impact yet)

abey

why not fly YVR ? afraid of crew being sick ?

Ben

I dont believe this is because of the virus, it’s just not worth it for them to fly to china right now. They will lose money.
If they really cared about health they would have mentioned this earlier!

John

It may also have to do with the flight attendant and pilot unions. AA’s pilot union demanded that all flights to China be suspended.

EA

AA doesn’t fly into mainland China. Does this affect their LAX-HKG route? I’m going in March.

Mickey

The United flight I took from EWR -TLV was on an incoming aircraft from China. The Coke was Chinese. So this Chinese flue can affect even those who never go China.

Lorry

Any word on where the excess capacity is going? Can we expect to see some domestic routes upgauged to wide bodies?

Miya

Do the airlines notify you if your flight has been suspended?

Steve

Whats the problem with flying to vancouver?

LA Yid

Hi Dan. Are we getting one of your amazing roundups today?

Eli

CMIIW, but the title should have a semicolon and not a comma.

After State Department Warns Not To Travel To China; American, Delta, And United Suspend All China Flights

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