STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Coronavirus: Air India, IndiGo suspend flights to China, government to send two jets for evacuation of Indians

According to sources, many airlines have advised its crew members working on flights between India and southeast Asia to wear N95 masks.

Published: 30th January 2020 08:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th January 2020 08:29 AM   |  A+A-

Air India

Air India (File Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  Air India and IndiGo — the only Indian carriers that fly to China — on Wednesday suspended flights to the country that is reeling under the novel coronavirus (nCoV). Other global airlines like British Airways, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific were among the first to stop services to China. 

While AI suspended flights from Delhi to Shanghai from January 31 till February 14, the private carrier put a hold on services on the Bengaluru-Hong Kong route from February 1 and on Delhi-Chengdu from February 1 to 20.

IndiGo said these are temporary and precautionary measures, adding it will continue to operate the Kolkata-Guangzhou flight for now,  but will “monitor it on a daily basis”. 

According to sources, many airlines have advised its crew members working on flights between India and Southeast Asia to wear N95 masks. India, which started preparations to evacuate its citizens stuck in Hubei, said on Wednesday it has sought China’s permission to operate two fly Indian nationals out.

In India, many people are under observation in hospitals in Maharashtra, Goa, Odisha and Delhi.

People returning to the country after visiting China are being regularly screened for the deadly virus at airports across the country.  

Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday ordered the military to do whatever it takes to contain the virus spread.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp