2. SOUNDBITE (English) Ben Mutzabaugh, Senior Aviation Editor, The Points Guy:
"All three U.S. airlines have now announced they are suspending flights to China, most through the end of March, one through the end of April, and obviously this is in response to the growing concern over coronavirus weakening demand and just not wanting to put people in harm's way."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ben Mutzabaugh, Senior Aviation Editor, The Points Guy:
"At this point, it's say advisory against going to China, it is not a prohibition. So, if you can find an airline that continues to fly there, it's at your discretion or your own risk."
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ben Mutzabaugh, Senior Aviation Editor, The Points Guy:
"You know, I think why they decided to do this is probably a multi-pronged approach to it. I think you obviously have with the new State Department warning advising people against traveling to China, that clearly has played a role between the airlines decision coming today. But I think also, you know, they have flight attendants and crews and other workers that by continuing these flights, they're continuing to fly in and out of a zone right now where the U.S. government is recommending Americans don't travel to. So, I think it's probably some combination of both those things and not to be underestimated is weakening demand. Between just general concerns and with the actual government -- U.S. government warning against travel to China, I think it's safe to say that demand for those flights is probably as low as it's been in a while."
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The U.S. advised against all travel to China as the number of cases of a worrying new virus spiked more than tenfold in a week, including the highest death toll in a 24-hour period on Friday.
All three major U.S. carriers: Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and United, announced they were suspending all flights between the U.S. and China, joining several international carriers that have stopped flying to China as the virus outbreak continues to spread.
The virus has infected almost 10,000 people globally in just two months, a troublesome sign of its spread that prompted the World Health Organization to declare the outbreak a global emergency.
The death toll stood at 213, including 43 new fatalities, all in China.
The State Department's level 4 "Do Not Travel" advisory, the highest grade of warning, told Americans in China to consider departing using commercial means.
"Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice," the advisory said.