Air Canada said it will temporarily suspend its daily Toronto-Hong Kong flights due to “reduced market demand” from March 1 to March 27, and extend its suspension of flights to Beijing and Shanghai until March 27 in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Canadian national airline previously said it would suspend its services to Beijing and Shanghai for the month of February following the Government of Canada’s travel advisory discouraging non-essential travel to China.

During this period, the airline said it will continue to fly its daily Vancouver-Hong Kong route.

Air Canada said its daily non-stop Vancouver-Hong Kong flights will accommodate customers originally booked on its Toronto-Hong Kong flights.

The airline normally operates 14 weekly flights to Hong Kong, seven from Toronto and seven from Vancouver. It also operates direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

It added that its flights to Taipei “remain unaffected”.

Air Canada joins a growing list of airlines around the world that have temporarily cut flights to Hong Kong in the wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak that originated in the city of Wuhan.

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