The People’s Republic of China had been burning under the plight of the outbreak of the deadly disease, Coronavirus, which has taken the death tolls to an all-time high. Patients suffering from the disease are now being found in different parts of the world, which has brought government organizations from around the world in action. A major effect of the coronavirus spread had been witnessed by the airline’s sector as they had to cancel a large number of flights to the mainland and the nearby countries.
— Nicholas Prins (@nohouzecalls) February 27, 2020
According to the official news, some of the biggest global airlines are being compelled to halt their services in the affected areas to avoid the spreading of the disease. Below is the list of the airlines that have suspended their services citing Covid19, have a look:
- Qatar Airways suspended services from February 1 while Rwandair Airlines stopped operations from January 31. Scoot, Singapore Airlines’ low-cost carrier halted its services right from February 8. The suspension shall continue until further notice is given by the airlines.
- The Vietjet and Vietnam Airlines canceled flights to China, Hong Kong, and Macau from February 1, 2020, to April 31, 2020.
- Air Canada pushed the suspension period for the flights to Beijing and Shanghai until March 27, 2020. The flight from Toronto to Hong Kong is also being canceled from March 1 to March 27.
- Air China revealed that it would cancel its flights to Athens and Greece from February 17 to March 18.
- Air New Zealand suspended flights between Auckland and Shanghai from February 9 to March 29. The airlines will have a reduced passenger capacity on the Shanghai route all through April and Hong Kong route in April and May.
- ANA Holdings suspended flights to and from Shanghai and Hong Kong from February 10 until undisclosed timespan, which will be indicated through a notice in the future.
- Cathay Pacific Airways has announced to reduce a third of its total capacity in the next two months span, including 90% flights to China. The airlines had urged its 27,000 employees to take unpaid leave for three weeks to save cash.
- Emirates and Etihad Airlines had halted services to and from China except for Beijing.
- JetBlue announced that it would not charge fees under the change and cancel features for new flight bookings from the customers seeing the aggravating coronavirus severity. The service shall begin from February 27 until March 11 for travel completed by June 1, 2020.
Other Important Happenings related To Coronavirus Outbreak
Donald Trump, the honorable President of the United States of America, made an official announcement of Vice President Pence becoming the sole in-charge of the administration’s purview to the deadly disease outbreak. The government took action after the first case of coronavirus was discovered within the general public in the United States.
“We’re doing really well, and Mike is going to be in charge. We’re ready to adapt and ready to do whatever we have to as the disease spreads, if it spreads,” quoted Trump during an interaction.