Cathay Dragon has said it will suspend flights to and from Wuhan as the number of people infected by a coronovirus that originated in the Chinese city rises.
The airline, which is the regional arm of Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific, will not fly to Wuhan between January 24, 2020 until February 29 2020.
“We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to coordinate with the health authorities in Hong Kong and in all the ports to which we operate flights,” said the airline in a media statement sent to Business Traveller Asia-Pacific.
The airline added that its customer services team will be reaching out to affected passengers to help them refund their bookings or postpone their travel plans.
Cathay Pacific’s website shows Cathay Dragon’s March flight schedule, which indicates that it offers one daily flight to Wuhan on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. The airline also flies to Wuhan twice on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Taiwan’s also China Airlines said it would suspend flights to the central Chinese city of Wuhan from January 23 to February 29. This includes flights by its regional carrier Mandarin Airlines.
Reuters also reported that Singapore Airlines’ low-cost carrier Scoot said it had suspended its daily flights to Wuhan until at least January 26.
All public transport in and out of Wuhan, including trains, buses and ferries, stopped at 10am on Thursday after the Chinese government imposed a quarantine to try to contain the spread of a coronavirus that has so far killed 17 people, according to the South China Morning Post.