Coronavirus heavily affects International Airlines

Feb. 6 2020

WORLD - Flagship carriers around the world gets affected by the Coronavirus outbreak in China as flights get halted and cancelled. IATA CEO said that there is a significant curve in passenger traffic after the Coronavirus outbreak.

In the Philippines, flagship carrier Philippine Airlines announced that it will be cancelling all flights between Manila and the following points in greater China that includes Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xiamen, Quanzhou, and Macau.

"We are constrained to cancel these flights in compliance with the February 2, 2020 directive of the President of the Philippines and the related Order of the Philippine Civil Aeronautics Board, which aim to protect the Philippine public by helping to contain and neutralize the spread of the novel coronavirus." Philippine Airlines said in an advisory statement.

Another airline based in the Philippines made a costly business decision, Cebu Pacific Air will also be cancelling all flights between the Philippines and mainland China and that includes Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzen but only for a limited time from February 2 to March 29, 2020.

While Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific also cancelled flights, the airline also asked more than 20,000 of it's employees to take three weeks of unpaid leave in the coming months in light of developments related to the 2019 novel coronavirus.

Demand for flights of Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong remains weak, the airline company warned earlier this month, saying the number of inbound passengers to the city had been cut in half in December compared to a year earlier. In a statement, the company acknowledged that 2019 had been an "incredibly challenging."

Germany's flagship carrier Lufthansa airlines also said it was suspending all flights to and from mainland China for longer than initially announced, as the death toll from the novel coronavirus continue to rise.

Lufthansa's subsidiaries Swiss and Austrian airlines will also halt flights to and from mainland China. In a new statement, Lufthansa Group said it was now halting flights to and from Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenyang, Qingdao until March 28th.

Global airlines have been hit hard by the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, and most carriers have suspended flights to mainland China.


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