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IndiGo, Air India suspend some flights to China, HK due to coronavirus outbreak

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, January 29, 2020

Two Indian airlines, IndiGo and Air India, today said that they had suspended some flights to mainland China and Hong Kong in view of the outbreak of novel coronavirus (nCov) in that country.

"After carefully assessing the current coronavirus situation in China, IndiGo is taking some safety measures for its customers, crew and staff. Due to China travel restrictions, we have seen a high number of cancellations from China on our Delhi-Chengdu route and vice versa. Therefore, we are suspending our flights between Delhi and Chengdu from February 1, 2020 until February 20, 2020. We are also suspending our Bengaluru-Hong Kong flight effective February 1, 2020," a press release from IndiGo said.

"These are purely temporary and precautionary measures. We understand that these measures will cause inconvenience to our customers and we will be refunding the full amount to the impacted passengers.

"We are in close touch with the relevant Government authorities and we thank them and our partners in China for all the help and support that they have extended so far," the release said.

"For now, we will continue to operate our Kolkata – Guangzhou flight, which we are monitoring on a daily basis. And for our operating crew, we are ensuring that they return to India on the inbound flights without any layover in China," it added.

Air India said on its Twitter page that its flight operations between Delhi and Hong Kong would be reduced to three days from January 31 to February 14.

"Now between aforementioned dates maximum 7 flights may operate from Delhi & Hongkong," it said.

"AI 348/349- BOM- DEL- PVG (Shanghai) flight has been cancelled from 31st January 2020 to 14th February 2020.

"Cancellation charges for travel to/from Shanghai & Hong Kong on Air India flights is waived off with immediate effect till further notice," the airline added.