Vietnam Airlines to suspend flights to China over Wuhan coronavirus

HANOI (CNA) – Vietnam Airlines will suspend its flights to mainland China and Hong Kong over the outbreak of the new coronavirus, the company said.

The carrier had said late on Friday it would suspend flights to mainland China from Thursday this week and cut flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong to seven from 10 per week.

“Considering how widespread the virus is and following the government’s order, all flights to China will be suspended from today,” the company said in its latest statement.

Budget carrier Vietjet has suspended all flights to and from China from February 1. Last Thursday, Vietnam said it would stop issuing visas for Chinese tourists.

Several other airlines globally have suspended flights to China following the outbreak of a coronavirus in a central province that has killed more than 300 people.

A Vietnamese family wearing protective face masks. PHOTO: AFP