U.S. airlines suspend Hong Kong flights over virus concerns


The world's largest air cargo carriers said they have no immediate plans to add China flights to replace the capacity lost due to steep cuts to passenger travel, as many factories have remained shut after the Lunar New Year.

"On the other hand in somewhere like Pakistan, where there have been no confirmed coronavirus infections, and where the government has not issued any specific advice against travelling to China, there is less incentive to cancel flights". With this announcement, all flights by Indian carriers to China will be suspended after Friday.

In the meantime, the department is asking no one travel to China.

The royal company mentioned "a sharp drop in demand for Casablanca-Beijing-Casablanca flights" and promised a resumption of air traffic by February 29.

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

The spokesperson said the death was not believed to have been related to coronavirus.

The White House said China had accepted its offer to have US experts as part of a World Health Organization mission to study and help combat the virus.

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But prices began to surge as new flight restrictions were announced and foreigners in China felt the urgency to leave, sending fares up 11% between January 31 and February 3, Berg said.

A new Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350 at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, May 30, 2016.

United Airlines on Tuesday said it will suspend Hong Kong support, days after it cut its southern China flights since coronavirus spreads.

Still, U.S. health officials announced that all flights from China to the U.S. will also be "funneled" to 11 airports where enhanced public health screenings will be required for Americans returning from China.

United States President Donald Trump announced new restrictions Sunday on travel to and from China as the coronavirus outbreak continues to kill hundreds of people.

Air India and IndiGo have already suspended its flights to Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou.