Thursday, January 30, 2020

Coronavirus: IndiGo, Air India cancel several China-bound flights; ask crew to use N95 masks

New Delhi: IndiGo and Air India -- the only two Indian carriers that fly to China -- have started curtailing their flights to the country due to the coronavirus outbreak+ . While IndiGo will suspend its Delhi-Chengdu and Bengaluru-Hong Kong daily from February 1, it will continue the Kolkata-Guangzhou flights 'for now'.

Air India will suspend its six times weekly Mumbai-Delhi-Shanghai flight from January 31 to February 14. Air India’s daily Delhi-Hong Kong-Delhi will operate only thrice a week from January 31 to February 14. So instead of 15, this period will see maximum of seven flights on Delhi-Hong Kong by Air India. “Our crew operating the Delhi-Hong Kong flight will come back on return flight to avoid a layover there,” said a senior official.
Indian carriers operating flights to Southeast Asia have asked pilots and cabin crew to wear N95 masks and take all other precautions. Air India and IndiGo have issued elaborate guidelines to their crew. AI will carry extra masks on its flights and give them to passengers who may wish to use them.
29/01/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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