American, United Suspend All Flights to Hong Kong Amidst Coronavirus Fears

By Jesse Sokolow on 4 February 2020
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American Airlines and, later, United Airlines announced on Tuesday the suspension of flights to Hong Kong from the United States.

Both carriers cited a sharp drop in demand amidst concerns about the novel coronavirus.

American suspended its Hong Kong flights immediately and through February 20.  United said the suspension will go into effect on February 8.

Last week American, United, as well as Delta Air Lines suspended flights to mainland China.  At the time, American and United said they would continue to operate flights to Hong Kong.

The American Pilots Association, the union that represents pilots at American, had told its members starting last week to refuse trips to Hong Kong due to concerns over the coronavirus, and applauded today’s move.

“We are pleased and proud that American Airlines is now leading with this safety decision to protect our passengers, fellow employees and communities during this uncertain time,” union spokesman Dennis Tajer said in a statement, adding that the airline “heard the demands of pilots.”

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