As the deadly Coronavirus tightens its grip in China major air carriers are avoiding their flights to Chinese cities. So far 170 deaths have been reported due to the virus. Further the virus has so far infected more than 6,000 worldwide and has spread to some 15 countries.
As the Chinese authorities are closing down cities and asking citizens to cancel their abroad trips major airlines are avoiding China as a safeguard. Airlines which have taken the action are:
- Air France: Suspended its three weekly flights to Wuhan on January 24. Flights to Beijing and Shanghai would be suspended from Friday.
- Air India: Announced suspension of service on its Mumbai-New Delhi-Shanghai route would effectively January 31, and through February 14. Reduction in Delhi to Hong Kong for the next two weeks.
- American Airlines: Suspend flights from Los Angeles to Beijing and Shanghai from February 9 through March 27. Flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to Beijing and Shanghai have been maintained.
- British Airways: Suspended all flights to and from mainland China
Apart from these airlines other small and medium carriers have also announced cancellation and diversion of flights to China.
Airports across the world have also beefed up checks of those coming from China. The Indian government has also launched a Coronavirus helpline for citizens. Attempts are also being made to evacuate 250 Indians from China.
Inputs from NDTV