SAS has suspended all flights to and from
Shanghai and Beijing until 9
The airline has also suspended sales for all flights to and
from Shanghai and Beijing until 29 February.
Hong Kong will be serviced as scheduled, and SAS
has said that it will "continue to monitor the situation in constant dialogue with
authorities regarding information about the [2019-nCoV] situation".
Passengers holding a ticket issued on or before
28 January for a flight to and from Shanghai and Beijing between
10th February and 29th February, also have the possibility to
rebook once free of charge to a flight on the original route or to
cancel the trip.
Customers travelling to, from or via Hong Kong can
voluntary change their reservation or request a refund.
SAS is just one of many airlines to have cancelled
flights to China in recent days. While some of the decision will
be based on concerns about the 2019-nCoV outbreak, demand
for flights will also have dropped significantly especially now
that some countries advise against all but essential travel to the
country. In the World Health Organisations's press conference in
Geneva on Thursday evening, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,
Director-General, said that "the WHO doesn't recommend, and in
fact opposes any travel restrictions against China".
SAS normally offers a total of 12 weekly
connections to Shanghai and Beijing.