Air India to suspend flights to Hong Kong

Cheryl Sanders
February 5, 2020

And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said a "handful" of flights will be heading to China to bring Americans back home from Hubei Province, which is at the heart of the outbreak.

A widebody United Airlines jet on approach to Hong Kong airport.

American Airlines has halted Hong Kong flights until at least the 20th of February.

Airlines around the world have been cutting routes to the Chinese mainland since at least January 23, saying the outbreak of a potentially deadly coronavirus has dented demand.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have advised against all travel to the Hubei Province due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

There are no cases of the virus in New Jersey and none suspected either as of Monday, according to state health officials.

It was the second coronavirus death outside mainland China after a 44-year-old Chinese man died in the Philippines, fueling calls for authorities in the Asian financial hub to seal off the border with the mainland. Earlier today both Emirates and Etihad announced that they would cut flights to all destinations in mainland China except for Beijing.

2, a total of 4,330 flights had been dispatched in missions delivering emergency supplies, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Hong Kong has already suffered a steep downturn in passenger traffic as anti-government protests have roiled the island city.

CDC and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are carrying out enhanced health screenings at Newark, JFK and 9 other USA airports to detect travelers with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing when entering the United States, according to the CDC website. Photo: Getty ImagesFall in demand?

The carrier announced Tuesday afternoon that it is suspending flights to Hong Kong beginning February 8.

The airline, which is the last US airline still conducting China flights, said on Friday it planned to fly its last flight from China on Wednesday because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr Wolf added: "To minimise disruptions, CBP and air carriers are working to identify qualifying passengers before their scheduled flights".

It added: "Until that date, we will continue to operate select flights to help ensure our USA based employees, as well as customers, have options to return home".

Many passengers will undergo enhanced screening while flying from the region.

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