Delta, American Airlines and United suspend flights to China
The State Department on Thursday night also warned Americans not to travel to China because of the virus
Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines announced Friday that they will suspend flights between the United States and China due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Delta's flight suspension will begin on February 6 and will last until April 30. The airline said it will not immediately suspend flights to allow people the opportunity to leave China before the suspension begins.
"Delta has decided to temporarily suspend all flights from the US to China from February 6 to April 30 due to current concerns related to the coronavirus," the airline said. "From now until February 5, Delta will continue to operate flights to ensure that customers looking to leave China have options to do so."
Meanwhile, American said it would immediately suspend flights to and from China until March 27, according to a statement.
"American is suspending its operations to and from the Chinese continent from today until March 27," the statement said. "We will continue to evaluate the schedule for March 28 onwards and make the necessary adjustments."
The pilots' union for Americans sued the airline on Thursday because of "serious, and in many ways still unknown, health threats posed by the coronavirus."
United said it would suspend flights between the United States and Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai from February 6 to March 28, according to CNN Business.
Flight suspensions occur when the virus continues to spread. On Thursday, the World Health Organization called it a public health emergency of international interest.
The State Department on Thursday night also warned Americans not to travel to China because of the virus.