Several airlines halting flights or reducing service to China amid ongoing 2019 novel coronavirus activity. Confirm flights.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 29 Jan 2020 11:30 GMT and is scheduled to expire 02 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Flight disruptions
  • Location(s): Mainland China (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite

Summary
Several international airlines are temporarily halting or reducing service to China due to ongoing 2019 novel coronavirus activity. British Airways (BA) announced Jan. 29 that it would suspend flights to mainland China until Jan. 31 amid operational assessments. Extensions of the flight stoppage are possible. BA operates flights between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Beijing and Shanghai. The decision does not impact flights to Hong Kong. Other airlines, including Lion Air (JT) and Air Seoul (RS), have also announced they would suspend service to mainland China. The Georgian Civil Aviation Agency has suspended direct flights between the country and China; China Southern (CZ) operates flights between Tbilisi and Urumqi.

Many other global carriers have canceled flights as several multinational businesses stop or significantly reduce travel to the country, and foreign governments increasingly warn about visiting China. Most airlines are allowing passengers to change flights free of charge through the end of February. Significant flight cancellations are possible between Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and mainland China, as the government is halving flights between the territory and other destinations in China. United Airlines (UA) has canceled 24 flights between the US and airports in Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (PVG), and Hong Kong (HKG) through Feb. 8. China Airlines (CI) has also rescheduled and canceled some flights through at least Feb. 10.

Other large carriers, such as Lufthansa (LH), Delta Airlines (DL), and American Airlines (AA), have not reduced services as of Jan. 29; however, airlines could continue to adjust schedules, cancel, or halt services as conditions warrant.

Advice
Confirm flight status if planning to travel to or from China, as schedule changes or flight cancellations are possible. Allow additional travel time for screenings at airports. Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.

Resources
British Airways: www.britishairways.com

Lion Air: lionair.co.id

Air Seoul: flyairseoul.com

United Airlines: www.united.com

Shanghai Airport Authority: www.shairport.com

Hong Kong International Airport: www.hongkongairport.com