United Airlines said it had decided to suspend flights to Japan in view of the rising number of new coronavirus cases in Japan, according tomedia reports. It is the first U.S. airline to slash its Operations in Asia because of the new crown virus.
The airline said flights to Tokyo to Los Angeles and Houston would be temporarily cancelled from March 3 to April 24; from March 28 to April 24, the daily Newark to Tokyo route will be reduced to five times a week; and from April, Flights from Honolulu to Tokyo will be downgraded from a Boeing 777-200 to a smaller 787-8.
Flights to South Korea and Singapore were also downgraded. United Airlines will waive the change fee for some cities and provide refunds for travel to and from those cities. “In order to continue to evaluate our schedule, we will be in close contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health organizations,” the airline wrote on its website about the coronavirus. “
A delta spokesman said the airline’s flights in Japan are now operating normally. A United spokesman said they were monitoring the developments closely.
The CDC says older travelers and people with potential health problems should consider postponing unnecessary travel. In addition, the State Department issued a similar warning to the CDC — “Be more cautious, not stop traveling.” “
Meanwhile, all three major U.S. airlines have suspended flights to the country, given The New Crown outbreak in China. United said flights to China would be suspended until the end of April.
In addition, those planning to travel to Italy were asked to reschedule their flights. United, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have all announced flight cancellation sdeductibles and no change fees if they are rescheduled for travel to Italy.
As of Friday, the new coronavirus had killed 15 people in Italy and infected more than 655. So far, the virus has killed more than 2,800 people and sickened more than 83,000 worldwide.