Delta Air Lines canceling all flights to mainland China amid coronavirus outbreak

Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to mainland China beginning in February.

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The airline announced Saturday that it would be temporarily suspending all U.S. to China flights beginning Feb. 1 through April 30, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Delta had previously announced a plan to suspend operations effective Feb. 6 but advanced the new timeline based on the new U.S. requirements denying entry to foreign nationals traveling to China within the past two weeks.

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Passengers with flights affected by the cancelations can request a refund or reschedule their flight, Delta said.

"Delta’s first priority is to assist its customers and take care of its crews. The airline is working with customers to make adjustments to their travel plans, leveraging codeshare partners where appropriate," the airline said in a statement.

The reduced flights were reportedly to stay in effect until April 30. However, the airline did state additional adjustments may be made as they monitor the coronavirus situation

The reduced flights were reportedly to stay in effect until April 30. However, the airline did state additional adjustments may be made as they monitor the coronavirus situation (iStock)

Previously Delta stated it would only be reducing the number of flights between the U.S. and mainland China from 42 weekly flights to 21, due to a decrease in customer demand.

“Delta is temporarily reducing the number of weekly flights it operates between the U.S. and China due to significantly reduced customer demand prompted by global health concerns related to coronavirus,” the airline said in an earlier statement shared with Fox News.

The reduced flights were reportedly to stay in effect until April 30. However, the airline did state that additional adjustments may be made as they monitor the coronavirus situation.

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Delta Air Lines is not the only carrier to suspend all flights to China.

British Airways has canceled all flights to mainland China, as did the airlines in the Lufthansa Group and American AirlinesUnited Airlines also expanded its cancellations to include an additional 332 flights.

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Currently, the coronavirus has killed more than 210 people and infected some 9,800 worldwide.