Delta to suspend all US flights to China amid coronavirus outbreak
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Delta to suspend all US flights to China amid coronavirus outbreak

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Delta Airlines aircraft are lined up at Terminal 5 in Los Angeles International Airport on December 21, 2016.

Delta Airlines aircraft are lined up at Terminal 5 in Los Angeles International Airport on December 21, 2016. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Delta Air Lines announced Friday morning that it will temporary suspend all U.S. flights to China amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The airline will discontinue flights to China from Feb. 6 through April 30 due to "ongoing concerns" related to the virus, the company said in a news release.

The announcement comes after the U.S. State Department late Thursday issued a "Do Not Travel" advisory for China due to the spreading outbreak.

Delta's move means it will halt its Atlanta-Shanghai route, along with its flights from other U.S. cities to Beijing and Shanghai.

Between now and Feb. 5, Delta said it will continue operating flights to ensure that customers looking to get out of China have that option.

Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines on Friday announced it is suspending its flights to China effective today through March 27, based on the State Department advisory.

Delta currently operates 42 weekly flights between the U.S. and China, including daily service connecting Beijing and Detroit and Seattle, and Shanghai and Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles and Seattle.

But the airline had announced Wednesday that it would cut its China flight schedule in half effective Feb. 6 due to concerns about coronavirus. The new announcement amid the rapidly expanding public health response means the airline will instead suspend its China flights altogether as of next Thursday.

The last China-bound flight departing the U.S. will leave on Monday, Feb. 3, with the last return flight back to the U.S. departing China on Feb. 5, Delta said. The schedule changes will appear on Delta's website starting Saturday.

Travelers with flights booked to China who are affected can request a refund, reschedule their flights to after April 30 or discuss other options with Delta.

Delta is also continuing to waive change fees for passengers with flights booked to, from or through Beijing and Shanghai through Feb. 5.

"The airline will continue to monitor the situation closely and may make additional adjustments as the situation continues to evolve," the company said in its news release.

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