Flight Cancellations and Suspensions Due to Coronavirus

In an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus, airlines globally have made announcements to either suspend or decrease flights to affected destinations.

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Here’s a list of airlines that have made changes to their routes.

China Airlines

In a move to curb the spread of the coronavirus, China Airlines, along with its affiliates Tigerair Taiwan and Mandarin Airlines, have announced that they will stop offering inflight services on routes to Hong Kong and Macau.

Following the cancellation of flights to mainland China, the airlines will now suspend in-flight dining services, as well as the distribution of blankets, cushions, and newspapers to passengers on these flights.

In addition, the Taiwan-based airline is allowing passengers scheduled to fly to mainland China and Hong Kong between now and the end of March to cancel or amend their travel plans.

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon

Together, the airlines will cut 783 flights per week in February and 835 per week in March. This move will reduce their services by 52 and 57 percent, respectively.

Hong Kong Airlines

Hong Kong’s flag carrier will cut flights to and from destinations including Haikou, Sanya, Nanjing, Shanghai Pudong, Shanghai Hongqiao, Beijing, Tianjin, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Guiyang between 30 January and 11 February.

Lion Air

The Indonesian airline will be halting all its flights to and from China.

Jetstar Asia

The budget carrier will be temporarily suspending its services to Hefei, Guiyang, and Xuzhou until March 31 “when the situation will be reviewed again.” From March 23 to April 15, the Singapore-based budget carrier will also suspend its operations for three weeks. Meanwhile, affected passengers with flight bookings between March 15 and April 30 will be offered a full refund in the form of a travel credit voucher.

Air New Zealand

From February 18 to March 31, the airline will reduce its services to Shanghai from seven to four weekly. Its 787-9 fleet will be utilized.

Air Canada

Following the Canadian government’s advisory to avoid non-essential travel to mainland China, the airline will temporarily suspend all direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai from 30 January until 29 February.

Air France

The airline has suspended all scheduled flights to and from mainland China until February 9. From 31 January, the airline will operate special flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing using volunteer crew members so that permit customers and employees can return safely.

Korean Air

The South Korean flag carrier has canceled its Incheon to Wuhan route between 24 January and 27 March due to the spread of the virus. In a press release announcement, the airline said it would “decide whether to resume the flight depending on the development of the new coronavirus outbreak.”

Air India

From 31 January to 14 February, Air India will cancel its Mumbai-Delhi-Shanghai service.

KLM

KLM temporarily suspended its flights to mainland China at the beginning of February. It will also suspend its flights to Beijing and Shanghai from 3 to 9 February. KLM will extend the suspension of its flights to Beijing and Shanghai up to and including 15 March. With effect from 16 March, KLM will resume its services to Beijing and Shanghai. Flights will be alternated every other day between these two cities so as to at least offer a daily KLM connection between Amsterdam and mainland China.

British Airways

The airline will extend the cancellation of flights from London Heathrow to Beijing Daxing and Shanghai airports from February 29 to March 31.

Vietnam Airlines

From 4 February, the airline will suspend flights between Vietnam and Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. Vietnam and Macau will follow suit from 6 February.

Vietjet

From 1 February, Vietnamese carrier Vietjet will suspend all flights to and from China.

Turkish Airlines

The airline has suspended all flights to the Chinese capital Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Xian. In addition, the airline has canceled flights from nine European countries due to concerns about the coronavirus. Turkish Airlines said: “Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Europe, our flights from Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, and the Netherlands as departure point are suspended starting from Saturday at 8 a.m. until April 17.”

ANA

All Nippon Airways has canceled its Wuhan flights but will continue to serve other Chinese destinations in their network.

Singapore Airlines

This February, the Singapore flag carrier will be reducing capacity on some of its routes to mainland China, including flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xiamen, and Chongqing, some of which are operated by its regional arm SilkAir.

Both carriers will also temporarily reduce flights across their global network from February 24 through May. According to its website, the Singapore flag carrier will reduce services to several destinations including Frankfurt, New York, Tokyo, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Paris, Seoul, and Sydney.

Delta

The U.S.-based airline will suspend all U.S. to China flights between February 6 and April 30. In addition, it will suspend flights between Seoul and Minneapolis through April 30, as well as reduce flights from Seoul to Atlanta, Detroit, and Seattle, to five times a week.

Finnair

The Finnish airline has decided to cancel all of its flights to mainland China between 6 to 29 February. Currently, it operates 35 weekly flights between Helsinki and Beijing capital, Beijing Daxing, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Guangzhou.

American Airlines

The airline has further extended its cancellation of flights to mainland China and Hong Kong until late April. In addition, flights between Incheon International Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth have been suspended through April 24.

RwandAir

The airline will suspend flights between the Rwandan capital, Kigali, and the Chinese city of Guangzhou.

Kenya Airways

The Kenyan flag carrier has suspended all flights to and from China until further notice.

Asiana Airlines

The Korean carrier is suspending services to Guilin, Changsha, and Haikou.

Lufthansa

The airline has confirmed that it will cut services to mainland China until the end of February. These routes include Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Qingdao, and Shenyang.

IndiGo

The Indian carrier is suspending services to Chengdu and Hong Kong.

Swiss Air Lines

The Switzerland flag carrier has halted all of its flights to mainland China from Zurich, including Beijing and Shanghai.

Iberia

The Spain national carrier is suspending its three weekly return services between Madrid and Shanghai.

United Airlines

The Chicago-based airline has suspended operations to China from 6 February through March 28, with the last China-bound flight from the U.S. scheduled to depart on 4 February. In addition, it will suspend all Hong Kong flights between 8 and 20 February.

As of February 28, United Airlines has also announced that it will reduce flying to Japan amid coronavirus fears. Flights affected include the following: Los Angeles to Tokyo canceled from March 8 until April 24; Chicago to Tokyo canceled from March 8 to March 27, then switches to Chicago to Haneda on March 28; Newark to Tokyo reduction from daily to five times weekly for April; Honolulu to Tokyo down-gauged from 777-200 to 787-8 for April; San Francisco to Kansai reduction from daily to five times weekly in April; San Francisco to Singapore reduction from twice daily to one time daily for March 8 until April 24; San Francisco to Incheon reduction to three times weekly from March 8 until April 30 (from one time daily in March and twice daily in April); and San Francisco to Taiwan down-gauged from 777-300 to 787-9 for March and April.

Etihad Airways

The UAE-based airline has temporarily suspended its flights between Beijing, China, and Nagoya, Japan, due to the low travel demand caused by the virus.

Scoot

Singapore-based budget carrier Scoot will suspend all flights between Singapore and mainland China from 8 February.

Emirates

The airline has announced that it would reduce capacity on flights to China. The Airbus A380 fleet operating from Dubai to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou will be replaced with Boeing 777-300ERs.

Qatar Airways

The Qatar flag carrier has decided to suspend flights to mainland China from 3 February until further notice due to significant operational challenges caused by entry restrictions imposed by several countries.

Qantas

The Australian flag carrier will be suspending both their Shanghai and Beijing services effective from 9 February until 29 March.

LOT Polish Airlines

The Poland flag carrier has decided to temporarily suspend flights to Beijing until February 9. On 31 January, the airline will operate a flight from Warsaw to Beijing to bring back crew members from China.

China Eastern

The airline has suspended its China-US nonstop flights.

Garuda Indonesia

The Indonesian flag carrier will temporarily halt flights to and from China starting from 5 February.

El Al Airlines

The flag carrier of Israel is suspending its Hong Kong flights and will be reducing flights on its Bangkok route. Hong Kong flights will be suspended until March 20 and daily flights to Bangkok will be reduced from two to one on certain days.

Thai Airways

The Thailand flag carrier is cutting back services to South Korea and Singapore out of Bangkok due to “a dramatic fall in demand” and cancellations caused by the coronavirus. The Bangkok-Seoul-Bangkok flights will now be reduced from five to four daily between February 26 and March 28; Bangkok-Busan (South Korea)-Bangkok flights will be canceled on February 27, March 5, and 6; and Bangkok-Singapore-Bangkok flights will be cut from five to four flights daily from February 20 to March 27. It will also extend its flight suspension to mainland China until March 29.

Aeroflot

The Russian flag carrier has made temporary changes to its flight schedule to destinations in mainland China and Hong Kong until March 28. It has suspended one of its daily flights between Moscow and Beijing, and one of its daily flights between Moscow and Shanghai until March 28.

As of March 6, it will temporarily suspend flights from Moscow to Hong Kong, with flights to Hong Kong running until March 7 and its flights from Hong Kong running until March 8.

Hawaiian Airlines

The flag carrier of the U.S. state of Hawaii will be suspending its five-times-weekly nonstop service between Honolulu and Seoul Incheon from March 2 through April 30, due to a “spike in COVID-19 cases in South Korea.”

Malaysia Airlines

The Malaysian flag carrier has temporarily suspended flights between Kuala Lumpur and Seoul through March 31. This move follows the government’s announcements of travel restrictions on all Iranian, Italian and South Korean nationals, which took effect on March 13. Malaysian citizens returning from these destinations will also be subject to a compulsory 14-day quarantine.

Philippine Airlines

Following a growing number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines, Philippine Airlines has announced that it will halt its international flights starting March 20. The Philippines flag carrier began canceling all domestic flights after the government imposed the month-long quarantine in the capital and nearby provinces. Flights are slated to resume on Apr 13.

Cebu Air

Meanwhile, Cebu Air will cancel all domestic and international flights between March 19 to April 14.

*Flight information is correct at the time of publishing.

 

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