Delta suspends all United States flights to China amid coronavirus

Delta suspends all United States flights to China amid coronavirus”

Egypt's national airline EgyptAir on Thursday announced suspending flights between Egypt and China, after the last Chinese delegation now in Egypt departs on February 4th, amid an outbreak of a new deadly coronavirus.

The coronavirus, a potentially fatal respiratory disease, first emerged in Wuhan, China in early December and has since spread across China and appeared in some other countries, including the United States, Japan and India.

American Airlines crewmembers working a trip to China are required to be on the ground for approximately 32 hours between flights to comply with federal rest regulations, the union said. Anyone now in China should "consider departing", according to the State Department, and non-essential government workers should defer travel to the country.

Several airlines all over the world have also curbed or cancelled flights to and from China.

The cuts include flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xiamen and Chongqing, some of which are flown by regional arm SilkAir, it said on its Facebook page. British Airways announced yesterday that it would temporarily suspend its flights to mainland China, following the UK Foreign Office's advice against all but essential travel to the country. -China flights. We are therefore compelled to seek injunctive relief.

Lufthansa Group has suspended its Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines flights to and from mainland China until February 9 "after thoroughly evaluating all now available information on the coronavirus".

Airlines in the USA have been cutting back on flights to China due to reduced demand but, unlike counterparts in some other countries, they have not halted flights altogether.

The carrier said that the 'last China-bound flight departing the United States will leave this Monday, with the last return flight back to the USA departing China on Wednesday.

The Lufthansa Group offers a total of 54 regular weekly connections from Germany, Switzerland and Austria to mainland China. As of Thursday, there are over 8,000 confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus in mainland China.

"In the long run, with the rapid increase in detected cases around the globe, we are aware that a number of airlines have been canceling/reducing flights".

On the same day that the World Health Organization declared the fast-spreading coronavirus a "global health emergency", American Airlines' pilots union has filed a lawsuit to stop the airline conducting any more flights to China.

We will update this piece as the situation changes.

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