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Crown scare: there are no Air India flights to Hong Kong, China until June 30


NEW DELHI: Air India has extended the suspension of its flights to China for another three months until the end of June following the coronavirus epidemic. Flights were previously suspended until March 28.

“Flights to Shanghai and Hong Kong are canceled further until June 30,” an AI spokesman said Thursday. The national airline has a daily flight on the Delhi-Hong Kong route and six times a week from Delhi to Shanghai.

IndiGo and SpiceJet, the other Indian carriers that fly to mainland China and Hong Kong, have not commented on whether they will extend the suspension beyond the end of February. SpiceJet has a daily flight from Delhi to Hong Kong. IndiGo has suspended its three newspapers: Delhi-Chengdu, Bengaluru-Hong Kong and Kolkata-Guangzhou.

Hong Kong’s flag airline, Cathay Pacific, has reduced flights to India from 49 weekly flights to 36 until March 29, 2020, in addition to significantly reducing its overall schedule due to lower travel demand. Among Chinese airlines, Shandong Airlines and Air China have suspended their flights to India. China Southern has reduced flights.

Singapore Airlines and its regional SilkAir arm have “temporarily reduced services in (their) network due to weak demand as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.” As part of this, Mumbai flights from SIA and Kochi connections from SilkAir have been reduced for March. Canceled flights include Singapore-Mumbai (SQ 426) from March 7, 14, 21 and 28; and Mumbai-Singapore (SQ 425) of March 8, 15, 22 and 29. SilkAir’s Singapore-Cochin (MI 462) and Cochin-Singapore (MI 461) have been canceled for 18 days in March.

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