American, United suspending US flights to and from Hong Kong through Feb 20

American, United suspending US flights to and from Hong Kong through Feb 20

An American Airlines airplane sits on the tarmac at LAX in Los Angeles
FILE PHOTO - An American Airlines airplane sits on the tarmac at LAX in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 4, 2019. Picture taken March 4, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

LOS ANGELES: American Airlines Group and United Airlines on Tuesday (Feb 4) both said they are suspending all flights to and from Hong Kong.

Hong Kong reported its first coronavirus death on Tuesday, the second outside mainland China. 

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An American Airlines spokeswoman said the airline's suspension of its Hong Kong flights to and from Los Angeles and Dallas had begun on Tuesday and would continue through Feb 20.

United Airlines said in response to a drop in demand it would also suspend flights through Feb 20. The carrier's last US flight to Hong Kong will depart San Francisco on Wednesday and the last return flight to San Francisco from Hong Kong will depart on Friday.

The announcements mean no US carriers will be flying passenger flights to Hong Kong after this week.

US government restrictions on flights and people who have visited mainland China that took effect on Sunday have not impacted Hong Kong. On Friday, American Airlines suspended its flights to and from mainland China through Mar 27.

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United Airlines said on Monday it was moving up its suspension of US-bound flights from mainland China by one day to Tuesday.

United said it still plans to resume flights to and from China on Mar 28.

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Source: Reuters/ga

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