While Mailand China registered more deceased and symptomatic patients, more foreign airlines continue to pull out from the Chinese market or delay their potential return to the end of March. On Monday, the United Arab Emirates indicated that they had suspended all air services to mainland China, forcing Emirates and Etihad to stop their flights and reduce transit between Europe or Africa to China. Qatar took the same decision.
Only a handful of Chinese airlines and Asian carriers continue to connect China with the rest of the world, including Southeast Asia.
Air China keeps only a daily frequency Beijing-Singapore. It cancelled flights for Beijing-Hanoi, Beijing-Ho Chi Minh City, Beijing-Manila, Chengdu-Singapore, Chongqing-Nha Trang, Hangzhou-Nha Trang. China Eastern suspended its flights from Shanghai to the Philippines and Indonesia. China Southern reduced the Paris CDG-Canton (Guangzhou) route from one daily frequency to four weekly by discontinuing its Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday services. Most international routes to Wuhan are suspended until mid-June.
Hainan Airlines does not take anymore booking on its Beijing Capital-Bangkok, Beijing Capital-Phuket, Chongqing-Yangon,
Guangzhou – Cam Ranh/Nha Trang, Guangzhou-Danang, Haikou-Bangkok, Haikou-Luang Prabang, Haikou-Mandalay, Haikou-Phnom Penh, Haikou-Singapore, Haikou-Vientiane, Sanya-Phnom Penh, Shenzhen-Cam Ranh/Nha Trang, Shenzhen- Chiang Mai, Shenzhen-Luang Prabang, Shenzhen-Mandalay, Shenzhen-Phu Quoc and Shenzhen-Vientiane.
Shanghai Airlines reduced its frequencies from Shanghai to Bangkok from 35 to 7 weekly services and from Shanghai to Phuket from 14 to 7 weekly services. The airline suspended its Wenzhou-Bangkok and Zhengzhou – Phuket flights.
From Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific continues to operate flights to Europe, including Paris CDG and Brussels. However, to the Belgian capital, the company only accepts passengers booked in J/W and Y class for flights every Monday from 1 March onwards.
To Mainland China, the airline and its subsidiary Cathay Dragon continue to serve Beijing and Shanghai with 5 to 7 daily flights. Cathay Dragon still operates flights to Changsha, Chengdu, Fuzhou, Guilin, Jinan, Kunming, Nanjing, Nanning, Qingdao, Xian, Xiamen and Zhengzhou. Frequencies vary from one to four weekly flights instead of one to two daily services on average. The regional carrier has completely suspended its services to Guangzhou, Haikou, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Sanya, Wenzhou and from today on to Chongqing.
From Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, Eva Air continues to fly on a reduced schedule to Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Harbin, Qingdao, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
Asiana and Korean Air but also Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways International continue to fly to China with a reduced program.