The spread Coronavirus has forced Qantas to stop flying to and from China.
Qantas says it will suspend direct services to mainland China from February 9 until March 29 in response to the coronavirus emergency.
Qantas will suspend its two direct services to mainland China (Sydney-Beijing and Sydney-Shanghai) from 9 February until 29 March 2020,” it said in a statement.
“This 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.
“There is no change to Qantas services to Hong Kong as it’s exempt from current travel restrictions.”
Customers with bookings between February 9 and March 29 will be contacted by the airline to discuss options.
“The suspension may be brought forward if demand levels or other factors change,” the QANTAS statement said.
“The date for flights to resume will also be regularly reviewed based on the circumstances.”
The Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) said it agreed with Qantas’s decision.
“We welcome the move by Qantas to suspend direct flights into China, though we note it is for logistical reason rather safety reasons,” TWU secretary Michael Kaine said in a statement.
“This issue is getting more serious by the hour and it requires a calm but definite response. The Federal Government must act immediately and end flights from China,” Mr Kaine said.
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