Coronavirus: SAS extends suspension of flights to China

Coronavirus: SAS extends suspension of flights to China
SAS aircraft at Copenhagen Airport. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix
Concern over the potential spread of coronavirus has resulted in airline SAS prolonging its suspension of flights to China.
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SAS has extended its suspension of flights to Beijing and Shanghai until March 29th, the company confirmed in a press statement.

“The safety of our passengers and employees is our highest priority,” SAS writes in the statement.

“A new evaluation has been made of the situation in China regarding the Coronavirus and SAS has decided to prolong the suspension of all flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing until March 29th. Refunds and rebooking possibilities are offered for affected passengers,” the message continues.

Initially, SAS announced that all flights to Shanghai and Beijing had been suspended until February 9th. This was later extended until February 29th and now until the end of March.

SAS services to Hong Kong are not affected by the cancellations.

However, passengers departing from or transferring via Hong Kong are not permitted to enter the Philippines, due to restrictions for travel between Hong Kong and the Philippines implemented by Manila.

“SAS will continue to monitor the (Hong Kong) situation in constant dialogue with authorities and continuously update the information about the situation,” the airline writes in the statement.

Denmark's foreign ministry has advised against all travel to Hubei Province in China, where the virus is believed to have originated.

Danish authorities also recommend avoiding all so-called unnecessary trips to the country.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry is also advising people not to travel to China's Hubei province.

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