Airlines cancel flights to Wuhan, epicentre of coronavirus

- A Monitor Desk Report 25 Jan, 2020 | 1952 Views|-+
Dhaka: Singapore Airlines' budget carrier Scoot, Taiwan's China Airlines, Malaysia's AisAsia and Malindo Air all cancelled daily flights to Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of a fast-spreading virus outbreak on January 23.

Online information showed Scoot cancelled its daily flight after Chinese authorities locked down Wuhan to combat the spread of the disease.

In Taipei, China Airlines announced it would suspend flights to Wuhan until February 29.

China Airlines' flights from Taipei leave from the city's main Taoyuan international airport. Its sister carrier Mandarin Airlines is also cancelling flights from Taipei's smaller Songshan airport to Wuhan.

The airline said it would assist passengers who want to return to Wuhan to opt for other nearby destinations.

Malaysia's AirAsia later also announced the temporary cancellation of all flights to and from Wuhan.

China is putting on lockdown the city of 11 million considered the epicentre of an outbreak that has killed 17 and infected nearly 600, as global health authorities prepare against a pandemic.

Wuhan's local government said it would shut down urban transport networks and suspend flights from 10am on January 23, state media reported, adding that authorities were urging residents not to leave, except in special circumstances.

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