Qantas suspends direct services to China amid coronavirus outbreak
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By Summer Woolley
February 01 2020
Australian airline Qantas will suspend its two direct services to mainland China from February 9.
The two routes - Sydney to Beijing and Sydney to Shanghai - will be suspended between February 9 and March 29.
Qantas cited entry restrictions imposed by Singapore and the United States as the reason for the move.
It said in the statement that the restrictions “which impact the movement of crew who work across the Qantas International network”.
Qantas did say the suspension may be brought forward “if demand levels or other factors change”.
The airline says it is liaising closely with the Australian Government and continues to take advice from the World Health Organisation and Australia’s Chief Medical Officer.
The Beijing service was already due to end, due to commercial reasons, on February 23.
Hong Kong services will remain unchanged as it is currently exempt from travel restrictions.
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