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United Airlines Extends Suspension of China Routes



United Airlines has now joined fellow U.S. carriers, Delta and American Airlines, by extending its previously announced suspension of service to China amid ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, formerly known as the novel coronavirus epidemic, which originated in China’s Hubei Province.

coronavirus” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>Fox News reported that United had originally suspended its China-bound routes through March 28, 2020, but announced this week that it now plans to extend its non-operation through April 24.

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“As we continue to evaluate our operation between our U.S. hubs and Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong, we have decided to extend the suspension of those flights until April 24. We will continue to monitor the situation in China and evaluate our schedule as we remain in close contact with the CDC and other public health experts around the globe,” United wrote in an online advisory on February 12.

Ticketholders who booked United flights to Beijing, Chengdu or Shanghai prior to January 27 are eligible for travel waivers, as well as those who had purchased Hong Kong-bound tickets before January 23, 2020.

A similar announcement came from American Airlines on February 11, extending the suspension of its own routes between its U.S. hubs in Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles and China, including Hong Kong, through April 24.

Back as early as January 31, coronavirus-outbreak-forces-us-airlines-to-suspend-all-flights-to-china.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>Delta Air Lines also announced its suspension of all service to Chinese destinations to continue through April 30.

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