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On January 30, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern. With the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak countries all over the world are taking precautions in order to minimize the risk. Just a few weeks later the World Health Organization declared a pandemic. Following the news, many airlines were forced to suspend or reduce their daily operations. We have the latest information from airlines all around the world. You can see how to get a refund or reschedule your flight here. However, some airlines are still flying their regular routes.
Airlines That Are Still Flying
With borders closed, global movement restricted and uncertainty around when services will resume, most of the airlines have suspended or drastically reduced their flight schedule. Information from the airlines is changing daily, and if you are scheduled to fly during this period it is best to check with the airline directly.
European Airlines that are operating routes
British Airways will be operating a number of routes:
From London Gatwick airport:
- Bermuda - 3 times per week
From London Heathrow:
- New York JFK – 14 flights per week
- Boston - 7 times per week
- Chicago O'Hare - daily flights
- Tokyo Haneda - daily flights
- Singapore – Sydney - daily flights
- Washington Dulles - daily flights
- Seattle - daily flights
- Hong Kong - daily flights
- Mexico City – Alternating days
- Nairobi - Alternating days
- Seoul - Alternating days
- Riyadh - 4 flights per week
- Tel Aviv - 7 times per week
Lufthansa drastically reduced its flight schedule. They will fly around 40 daily connections from Frankfurt and Munich to the rest of Europe. This includes London, Paris, Berlin, Brussels and other important cities. As for long-haul routes, Lufthansa will be keeping only 7 connections to Newark and Chicago in the USA, Bangkok, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Sao Paolo, and Montreal. They will fly these routes 3 times per week.
Air France is currently flying 35 routes. They are keeping the following routes:
- Saint-Denis de La Réunion
- New York
- Los Angeles
- Mexico City
- Rio de Janeiro
- Sao Paulo
TAP Air Portugal
TAP will be flying one long-haul and three domestic flights. They will be flying from Lisbon to London 4 times per week, to Funchal and Ponta Delgada 2 times per week and to Terceira once per week.
KLM will fly to the following destinations:
- Atlanta - 3 times per week
- Sao Paulo - 2 times per week
- New York JFK – 7 times per week
- Los Angeles – 3 times per week
- Chicago O'Hare – 2 times per week
- Mexico City – 3 times per week
- Panama City – 2 times per week
- Calgary – 3 times per week
- Toronto - 3 times per week
Other international destinations:
- Abu Dhabi/Muscat - 2 times per week
- Bangkok - 2 times per week
- Curacao - 2 times per week
- Hong Kong - 3 times per week
- Seoul - 3 times per week
- Johannesburg - 3 times per week
- Osaka - 2 times per week
- Tokyo - 2 times per week
- Shanghai - 3 times per week
- Singapore - 3 times per week
Finnair is operating just one intercontinental route and several European and domestic flights. Finnair will continue to operate the Helsinki – Tokyo route. As for other European destinations, they will operate from Helsinki to London, Paris, Frankfurt, Zürich, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich and Stockholm. Within Finland, the carrier will continue to operate routes to Rovaniemi, Mariehamn, Kuopio, and Oulu.
SAS will operate all its routes to Norway and Sweden. They will also fly some European routes which include Malaga, Helsinki, London, Alicante, and Las Palmas.
Aeroflot drastically reduced its routes after Russia imposed tighter rules for traffic. In addition to the routes they will be flying, Aeroflot will operate a series of flights from Antalya, Baku, Lisbon, Los Angeles, and Miami to help Russian citizens come home. They will fly to the following destinations: Shanghai, Minsk, Paris, Yerevan, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, Brussels, Bishkek, Male, New York, Dublin, Geneva, London, Madrid, and Rome.
What else is in this post?
- European Airlines that are operating routes
- North American and Canadian airlines that are operating
- Asian Airlines that are operating routes
- Qatar Airways
North American and Canadian airlines that are operating
American Airlines will fly just 3 long-haul routes, from Dallas to London with daily flights and to Tokyo with flights three times per week, Also, from Miami to London with daily flights.
United Airlines will be operating 6 long-haul routes. Three routes from Newark to London, Tel Aviv and Frankfurt, one route from Houston to Sao Paolo and two routes from San Francisco to Tokyo and Sydney.
Delta will be operating the following long-haul routes with a reduced schedule:
- Atlanta to Amsterdam, London, Sao Paolo and Tokyo
- Detroit to Amsterdam, Seoul, and Tokyo
- Seattle to Tokyo and Seoul
- Honolulu to Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
Air Canada will be operating the following long-haul routes with a reduced schedule:
- Montreal to Frankfurt, London, Paris
- Vancouver to London, Tokyo, and Hong Kong
- Toronto to Frankfurt, Barbados, Mexico and London
Alaska Air, Southwest and Spirit Airlines
Alaska Air, Southwest and Spirit Airlines will be keeping 85% of their routes with a minimal reduction to the schedule.
Asian Airlines that are operating routes
Cathay Pacific reduced most of its operations. Currently, they are flying the following routes from Honk Kong London, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Tokyo, New Delhi, Jakarta, Manila, Taipei, Bangkok, Sydney, Singapore, and Ho Chi Min city. They will be flying to these 12 destinations 3 times per week.
Taiwan has not been hit like the rest of Asia with the pandemic. China Airlines made very few changes to its routes. They are flying from Taipei to Amsterdam, Brisbane, Vancouver, Sydney, San Francisco, Ontario, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Melbourne, and New York.
Singapore Airlines will be flying from Singapore with a reduced schedule to Tokyo, Sydney, Seattle, San Francisco, Brisbane, Johannesburg, Cape Town, London, Los Angeles, Newark, Melbourne, and Manchester.
The Chinese government issued a rule that Chinese carriers can fly to one destination in any country once per week. Air China is currently operating the following routes:
- From Beijing to Los Angeles, Paris, Vancouver, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Minsk, Stockholm, Moscow, Madrid, Vienna, Athens, Seoul, Dubai, Delhi, Karachi, Phnom Pen, and Yangon
- From Shanghai to Frankfurt, London, Tokyo, Bangkok, and Singapore
- Chengdu to Kathmandu
Hainan Airlines is currently operating just two international routes to Vancouver and Brussels.
All Nippon Airways
ANA had to drastically reduce its schedule due to the pandemic. They are currently operating the following routes:
- Tokyo Narita Airport to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, San Francisco, New York, and Mexico city
- Tokyo Haneda Airport to Taipei, Bangkok, Delhi, Vancouver, London and Frankfurt
Japan Airlines didn't cut many routes. However, with the 2020 Olympics being moved to the next year we might see some cancelations in the future.
Korean Air is currently operating just a few international flights. This includes flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, Paris, London, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Tokyo (Narita), Atlanta, Manila, Phnom Penh, and Shenyang.
We will probably see most of the Asian Airlines bringing back routes and flights as the pandemic withers down in China and other countries.
Interestingly, Qatar Airways is the only carrier that is currently adding new flights instead of reducing them. They added flights to Paris, Perth, and Dublin from Doha. Qatar Airways is currently operating flights to 75 destinations because some countries have imposed a traffic ban.