Qantas suspends all flights to China from February 9

By David Flynn , February 1 2020
Qantas suspends all flights to China from February 9

Qantas will suspend all flights to mainland China from February 9, joining a growing roster of worldwide airlines which are severing air routes to mainland China  in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The airline’s Sydney-Shanghai service will be on hold from February 9 to March 29, while the closure of the Sydney-Beijing service – which the airline had last year said would end on February 23, owing to weak demand from travellers and increased competition on flights to China – has been moved forward to February 9.

However, in a statement issued to the media, Qantas notes that "the suspension may be brought forward if demand levels or other factors change. The date for flights to resume will also be regularly reviewed based on the circumstances."

Qantas' daily flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Hong Kong will continue without interruption.

The airline says its decision "follows entry restrictions imposed by countries including Singapore and the United States, which impact the movement of crew who work across the Qantas International network."

"These entry restrictions pose significant logistical challenges for rostering crew to operate mainland China services, leading to the need to temporarily suspend these flights."

Travellers booked on the suspended Sydney-Shanghai and Sydney-Beijing flights will be contacted by Qantas.

Air New Zealand has also suspended its Auckland-Shanghai service from 9 February to 29 March 2020, citing "the potential consequence of international travel bans on crew logistics and a further decline in customer bookings on the route over the next two months."

British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Finnair, Qatar Airways, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Air Canada have all suspended flights to and from China to dates ranging from mid-February to April 30.

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir are winding back the number of flights between Singapore and China – including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen – while Cathay Pacific will be “progressively reducing the capacity” of its flights to and from mainland China “by 50% or more” until the end of March.

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 951

Having a two week home quarantine for the crew after every flight before going on a Singapore or US sector makes the whole thing almost impossible to manage.

Coronavirus could just as easily come from HK or am I being too paranoid.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Feb 2015

Total posts 149

The short answer: Yes are you being too paranoid!

The long answer: there are 14 confirmed cases in HK against a population of 7 million (and no death toll to date). Visitors from Wuhan/Hubei provenience or have visited there recently are banned from entering HK. Almost half of the land border crossings are closed and flights to/from mainland are almost halved too. Mainland has also stopped issuing HK travel permits to residents. Locals are very protective when in public, everyone wears a mask, avoiding crowding, even the protest has quieten down (which was initially predicted to flair up again during the Lunar New Year holiday period). Meanwhile, most people in mainland are staying at home and not travelling, even when they have the ability to do so. Therefore given the measures put in place, the chance of the virus getting in/out of HK is pretty low, despite what you may have seen/heard in the media.

If one needs to go to or transit via HK, the advise is to wear a mask when there and wash hands regularly. Just be calm and go about our business. There is no need to panic because it won't help in ANY way to the situation.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Feb 2015

Total posts 149

Self spell check as I can't see the edit option here anymore? (and haven't had my Sunday coffee yet).

- Yes you are (not 'are you').

- flare up (not 'flair')

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Feb 2015

Total posts 149

And Province not 'Provenince'

The auto correct on my phone is weird :p

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 951

I think it is agreed it came from a market in Wuhan. Also I think the regulation of markets in Hong Kong May be tighter, which I expect China will follow.

02 Feb 2020

Total posts 1

Why is it QANTAS can ground, globally, ALL its worldwide fleet to prove a point, with little regard to their customers; yet allow ten days more of China flights?

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

07 Dec 2014

Total posts 165

Considering Australians/Australian PRs are the only ones being allowed back in the country from China, then logically these are flights that will allow people to return home rather than be stuck in a foreign country facing a health emergency. They aren't allowing foreign nationals into Australia for tourism or uni or whatever if coming from China.

Now the requirement is a 14 day 'self quarantine' for people coming home; and I don't know how that is enforced; however I think it's reasonable not to strand people overseas provided adequate quarantine measures are taken.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 951

Batman the ten days of Qantas flights is to enable many of those Australians who want to go to be able to go. Far more sensible than many other airlines, and a good bit of PR. The same with offering free flights to the evacuees on Christmas Island from Perth.


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