Several Asian carriers have suspended flights to Wuhan, as the Chinese city is put on lockdown to contain a respiratory virus outbreak.
Taiwan’s China Airlines is suspending Wuhan flights from Taipei Taoyuan and Taipei Songshan between 23 January and 29 February.
|Direct flights to Wuhan operated by carriers from outside mainland China|
|Airline||Connecting city||Weekly frequencies||Status|
|Source: Cirium schedules data|
|Air Asia||Kota Kinabalu||7||Suspended until 28 Jan|
|Cathay Dragon||Hong Kong||11||Suspended until 29 Feb|
|China Airlines||Taipei||4||Suspended until 29 Feb|
|Scoot||Singapore||7||Suspended until 26 Jan|
|Spring Airlines Japan||Tokyo||3|
|Thai AirAsia||Bangkok||14||Suspended until 28 Jan|
|Thai AirAsia||Phuket||7||Suspended until 28 Jan|
Hong Kong-based Cathay Dragon has put all Wuhan flights on hold from 24 January to 29 February.
Singapore’s Scoot will suspend its daily service to the city from 23 to 26 January.
AirAsia Group’s Wuhan services from Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok and Phuket are meanwhile suspended until 28 January.
In recent days, China’s Civil Aviation Administration said that all Chinese carriers would handle refunds for flights to Wuhan free of charge.
The Wuhan virus, as it has become known, is believed to be a new strain of coronavirus previously unidentified in humans and has claimed 17 lives in China.
It has been confirmed to be transmissible between humans and has evoked comparisons with the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2003, which had a crippling effect on the travel industry.
Wuhan’s local government announced the shutdown of all urban transport network and a suspension of outgoing flights from the morning of 23 January.
The city is a major transportation hub and receives 55 international flights each week from over 20 countries, Cirium schedules data shows.