Delta, American suspend flights to China over coronavirus

Emirates and Etihad Airlines are among those who have suspended flights with China except for Beijing starting from Feb 5 2020

Emirates and Etihad Airlines are among those who have suspended flights with China except for Beijing starting from Feb 5 2020

The Fort Worth-based airline typically offers flights from DFW Airport to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. United's suspension will last until March 28; Delta's until April 30.

Meanwhile, an airport worker pushed health cards into departing passengers' hands urging them to contact health authorities if they have a fever within 14 days of arrival.

RwandAir statement, January 31, 2020.

Changes to the flight schedule will be effective on Delta's website beginning Saturday.

Walmart Inc, the world's largest retailer, announced it was temporarily limiting "non-business critical travel" to China, while farm equipment maker Deere & Co temporarily closed its facilities in China, the latest of dozens of major companies restricting travel and operations due to the outbreak.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had said earlier this week that Vietnam was willing to actively coordinate efforts with China in fighting the new coronavirus epidemic.

The US State Department is working to arrange additional flights for US citizens still in Wuhan, where the Chinese outbreak of coronavirus is centered, according to an official with knowledge of the plans.

The UAE requires all arrivals from Beijing to undergo advanced preventive medical procedures that will take 6-8 hours
The UAE requires all arrivals from Beijing to undergo advanced preventive medical procedures that will take 6-8 hours

American's decision to suspend China services came after the airline's pilots union, the Allied Pilots Association, filed a lawsuit seeking an immediate halt of service to China, and asked its members not to work on those flights.

In a statement, officials with the airline said, "The safety of our customers and staff remains our highest priority".

There are a few airlines that have already announced they will not be flying to China any longer until the coronavirus situation is no longer at a critical level.

The halt of flights to Beijing and Shanghai underscores stepped-up concern, since both cities are hundreds of miles from the focus of the outbreak around Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. On Friday, it barred foreign nationals, with the exception of permanent residents and immediate family of USA citizens, from entering the country if they had visited China in the past 14 days.

The airline operates two daily non-stop flights on the Nairobi-Guangzhou route thrice a week. Similar steps have been taken by countries including Italy, Singapore, and China's northern neighbour Mongolia.

The State Department has advised against travel to China, and has permitted nonemergency employees at its diplomatic offices there to leave.

One of China's closest neighbors, Mongolia, has banned all Chinese nationals and foreigners from entering the country from China by air or by land, starting from 1 February and lasting until 2 March; Mongolian citizens will similarly be barred from travelling to China during that time.

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