Airlines are canceling flights to and from China

Posted on January 29, 2020 by in American Airlines, British Airways (BA), Lufthansa Miles and More, Travel Deals, Travel News, United Airlines

With the Wuhan coronavirus, outbreak airlines are taking steps to improve the safety of the passengers and their employees. Several airlines are canceling all flights to and from China. So far, Lufthansa and British Airways canceled all flights and American Airlines canceled all flights to China from LAX. United Airlines also announced the cancelation of more than a dozen flights.

Lufthansa Group Canceled all China flights

Lufthansa Group has decided to suspend its Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines flights to and from mainland China until 9 February starting immediately. Each of the carriers will fly to their destinations in China one last time to allow passengers and crew to return to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, they said in the press statement. Lufthansa normally operates 73 connections to and from mainland China a week. Most of their flights are to and from Beijing and Shanghai. They intend to keep all flights to and from Hong Kong as scheduled.

From the official statement:

The safety of passengers and employees is a top priority for the Lufthansa Group. After thoroughly evaluating all currently available information on the coronavirus, Lufthansa Group has decided to suspend its Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines flights to/from mainland China until 9 February with immediate effect. In addition, acceptance of bookings for flights to/from (mainland) China has been suspended until the end of February.

British Airways Canceled all China flights

British Airways was the first major airline to suspend its flights to and from China because of the coronavirus outbreak. The UK carrier announced that it was canceling all of its scheduled flights to China through Friday 31 January. They also suspended ticket sales for its China routes through 1 March 2020. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated their travel warning and is currently advising against all but essential travel to China.

China travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website

From the Foreign and Commonwealth Office official website:

Some airlines, including British Airways, have suspended flights to and from mainland China. Other commercial airlines are still operating, but it may become harder over the coming weeks for those who wish to leave China to do so. If you feel that you may want to leave China soon, you should consider making plans to do so before any further restrictions may be imposed.

American Airlines Canceling Flights from LAX to China

American Airlines has suspended flights from LAX to Shanghai and Bejing between February 9 and March 27. More cancelations may come if the virus continues spreading.

United Airlines canceled some flights to China

United Airlines is canceling dozens of flights between February 1, 2020, and February 8, 2020. First, they started issuing travel waivers for flights to Wuhan and three other Chinese cities as the virus started spreading. So far it is unclear if more cancelation will come from United Airlines.

Airlines like American and Delta have issued travel waivers for passengers booked to fly to and from China in the coming weeks, but no official cancelations have happened yet.


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