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[AIRLINES UPDATE] Flights Changes or Cancellations
Published on: 2020-03-03
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Airlines have been suspending flights or modifying service in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Find below a compilation of the modifications to services (in alphabetical order):

040Airlines that have cancelled all flights to mainland China

• American Airlines - Extends suspension of China and Hong Kong flights through 24 April.

• Air France - Said on 6 Feb it would suspend flights to and from mainland China for much of March.

• Air India - Suspends flights to Shanghai, Hong Kong until 30 June.

• Air Seoul - The South Korean budget carrier suspended China flights from 28 Jan until further notice.

• Air Tanzania - Tanzania’s state-owned carrier, which had planned to begin charter flights to China in February, postponed its maiden flights.

• Air Mauritius - Suspended all flights to China and Hong Kong

• Austrian Airlines - until end-February.

• British Airways - 29 Jan - 31 March.

• Delta Airlines - 2 Feb - 30 April.

• Egyptair suspended flights on 1 Feb, but on 20 Feb said it would resume some flights to and from China starting next week.

• El Al Israel Airlines - Extended its suspension of flights to Hong Kong and Beijing until 2 May.

• Iberia Airlines - The Spanish carrier extended its suspension of flights from Madrid to Shanghai, its only route, from 29 Feb until the end of April.

• JejuAir Co Ltd - Korean airline to suspend all China routes starting 1 March.

• Kenya Airways - 31 Jan until further notice.

• KLM - Said on 2 March it would extend its ban on flights to Chengdu, Hangzhou and Xiamen in China to at least 3 May, because of the coronavirus outbreak. The airline expects to resume flights to Beijing and Shanghai on 29 March.

• Lion Air - All of February.

• LOT - Extends flight suspension until 28 March.

• Lufthansa extends China flight cancellations until 24 April.

• Oman and Saudia, Saudi Arabia’s state airline, both suspended flights on 2 Feb until further notice.

• Qatar Airways - 1 Feb until further notice.

• Rwandair - 31 Jan until further notice.

• Scoot, Singapore Airlines’ low-cost carrier - 8 Feb until further notice.

• United Airlines - 5 Feb - 23 April. Service to Hong Kong suspended 8 Feb - 23 April.

• Vietjet and Vietnam Airlines - Suspended flights to the mainland as well as Hong Kong and Macau 1 Feb - 30 April, in line with its aviation authority’s directive.

041Airlines that have cancelled some China flights or modified service

• Air Canada - Extended the suspension of its flights to Beijing and Shanghai until 27 March. It also suspended its Toronto to Hong Kong flights from 1 March to 27 March, but its Vancouver to Hong Kong route remains active.

• Air China - Said it would cancel flights to Athens, Greece, from 17 Feb to 18 March and “adjust” flights between China and the United States. On 28 Feb it resumed flying to Frankfurt from Chengdu, following a 21-day suspension, state-run Xinhua news agency said.

• Air New Zealand - Suspended Auckland-Shanghai service 9 Feb - 29 March. Reduced capacity on Shanghai route throughout April and Hong Kong route throughout April and May.

• ANA Holdings - Suspended routes including Shanghai and Hong Kong from 10 Feb until further notice.

• Brussels Airlines - Lufthansa subsidiary said on 28 Feb it would cut flights to northern Italy by 30% from 2 Mar - 14 Mar.

• Cathay Pacific Airways - Plans to cut a third of its capacity over the next two months, including 90% of flights to mainland China. It has encouraged its 27,000 employees to take three weeks of unpaid leave in a bid to preserve cash.

• China Southern Airlines recommenced flights on 25 Feb to Nairobi from Guangzhou.

• Emirates and Etihad - The United Arab Emirates, a major international transit hub, suspended flights to and from China, except for Beijing.

• Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has suspended flights to Hong Kong until 28 March, the airline said on 26 Feb, citing a drop in demand.

• The UAE suspended all flights to mainland China, except Beijing, on 5 Feb.

• Finnair - Cancelled all flights to mainland China and decreased the number of flights to Hong Kong until 28 March.

• Hainan Airlines - Suspended flights between Budapest, Hungary, and Chongqing 7 Feb - 27 March.

• Kenya’s High Court ordered flights from China to be temporarily suspended, following a petition.

• Korean Air Lines Co. - The national flag carrier suspended eight routes to China and reduced services on nine Chinese routes between 7 Feb and 22 Feb.

• Philippine Airlines - Cut the number of flights between Manila and China by over half.

• Qantas Airways - Suspended direct flights to China from 1 Feb. The Australian national carrier halted flights from Sydney to Beijing and Sydney to Shanghai between 9 Feb - 29 March.

• Royal Air Maroc - The Moroccan airline suspended direct flights to China 31 Jan - 29 Feb. On 16 Jan, it had launched a direct air route with three flights weekly between its Casablanca hub and Beijing.

• Russia - All Russian airlines, with the exception of national airline Aeroflot, stopped flying to China from 31 Jan. Small airline Ikar will also continue flights between Moscow and China. All planes arriving from China will be sent to a separate terminal in the Moscow Sheremetyevo airport. Aeroflot reduced the frequency of flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou until 29 Feb.

• Vistara Airlines makes temporary reduction in flights to and from Bangkok and Singapore.

• Nordic airline SAS - Extended its suspension of flights to Shanghai and Beijing until 29 March.

• Singapore Airlines - Suspended or cut capacity on flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xiamen and Chongqing, some of which are flown by regional arm SilkAir.

• UPS - Cancelled 22 flights to China because of the virus and normal manufacturing closures due to the Lunar New Year holiday.

• Virgin Atlantic - Extended its suspension of daily operations to Shanghai until 28 March.

• Virgin Australia - Said it will withdraw from the Sydney-Hong Kong route from 2 March because it was “no longer a viable commercial route” due to growing concerns over the virus and civil unrest in Hong Kong.

042Airlines that have modified service on other routes

• Asiana Airlines has decided to halt all flights to Daegu until 9 March, while Korean Air Lines will also suspend flights until 28 March.

• Air Canada to allow travellers to rebook flights to parts of Italy at no charge. United Airlines adds South Korea to travel waiver list but is not cancelling flights.

• Bahrain civil aviation authority suspends all its flights from Dubai and Sharjah airports for 48 hours.

• British Airways said it would cancel some flights to and from Italy, Singapore and South Korea, as a result of reduced demand.

• easyJet said on 28 Feb it would cancel flights, particularly in and out of Italy and cut costs across its business.

• El Al Israel Airlines said it would suspend flights to Italy, including Milan and Rome from 28 Feb to 14 March, and to Bangkok from 2-27 March. It will also delay launching a new route to Tokyo from March until 4 April.

• Kazakhstan plans to suspend flights to Iran from 1 March and reduce the number of South Korea flights

• Kuwait’s civil aviation authority halts all its flights to and from South Korea, Thailand, and Italy. Kuwait had earlier suspended all its flights to and from Iraq.

• Lebanon halted flights for non-residents from countries including China, Iran, Italy and South Korea, the transport ministry said on 28 Feb. The ban excludes Lebanese citizens and foreign residents of the country.

• Lufthansa to cut number of short- and medium-haul flights in response to the accelerated spread of the coronavirus, adding it will suspend flights to Tehran until 30 April.

• Mongolia’s National Emergency Commission said on 24 Feb it had halted all flights from South Korea and would block entry through its borders until 2 March. Mongolia had previously suspended all entries from China.

• Oman’s civil aviation authority halted all flights between the sultanate and Iran.

• Royal Jordanian Airlines has suspended flights between Amman and Rome until further notice starting from 26 Feb.

• Russia’s Ministry of Transport said on 27 Feb it would suspend some flights to and from Iran, except those operated by its national carrier Aeroflot and Iranian airline Mahan Air.

• Tajikistan has suspended all flights to and from Iran until the virus situation there stabilises, the Civil Aviation Agency said on 24 Feb.

• Tunisia may suspend some flights to Italy.

• Turkish Airlines extended a cancellation of flights to Iranian cities, with the exception to flights to Tehran, until 10 March.

• Turkish commercial flights between Turkey and Iran are suspended until further notice. “The Iranian carriers will fly empty to Turkey and be permitted to carry passengers destined for Iran. Turkish passengers will not be transported on these flights,” Turkey’s Civil Aviation Authority announced on its Twitter account.

• United Airlines - Sharply cutting flights to Japan and South Korea as travellers have slashed ticket purchases for those destinations.

• Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways suspends flights between Da Nang and Nha Trang to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, starting 26 Feb.

• Wizz Air said it would decrease the frequency of its Romania, Poland, Italy and Israel routes, cutting two-thirds of all flights on affected routes over three weeks between 11 March and 2 April.

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