Fear surrounding the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus has led airlines around the world to cancel flights to China. United Airlines and British Airways have announced that they are canceling their China routes as demand for those routes fell dramatically amid the outbreak.
Companies like Facebook, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, and LG Electronics are following suit, telling employees to avoid traveling to China for safety reasons.
As the virus has already killed at least 106 people in China, the US government is urging citizens to reconsider any visit to the country. The UK government will soon be flying 200 British citizens out of Wuhan, which is the center of the outbreak. These individuals will be placed in quarantine for two weeks, to prevent the virus from spreading at home. Similarly, Australia will quarantine 600 returning citizens for two weeks on Christmas Island.
British Airlines, which is suspending flights to China until January 31, said in a statement, “We apologize to customers for the inconvenience, but the safety of our customers and crew is always a priority.”
Air Seoul, a South Korean budget carrier, has said it will stop all flights to China, and Air Canada has canceled some of its weekly flights to the country.