China Eastern Airlines has become the first major Chinese carrier to suspend flights to and from the United States, as the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has infected thousands of people and prompted several countries to advise their citizens not to travel to mainland China.
The carrier is canceling flights from Shanghai to Los Angeles and New York from February 2 through February 10, citing “the recent public health incident,” according to a notice circulated to travel agents and seen by CNN Business.
China Eastern did not respond to a request for comment. The country’s two other major carriers, Air China and China Southern, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
China Eastern is also canceling flights from Shanghai to San Francisco on February 6 and February 9, to Chicago on February 8 and to Honolulu from February 3 until March 27, according to the notice.
Several flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver that originate in Chengdu or Kunming with layovers in Nanjing or Qingdao have also been canceled this week.
“In the days to come, China Eastern will pay close attention to the epidemic, and may further adjust the arrangements of flights,” the notice said.
Major international airlines including Air Canada, British Airways, Delta, Lufthansa and Qatar have also suspended all flights to mainland China until the end of February or longer.