MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Delta Air Lines announced Friday that it will be temporarily suspending all U.S. to China flying beginning Feb. 6 through April 30.
The airline says the move was made due to ongoing concerns related to the coronavirus including the U.S. State Department recommendation against travelling to China due to the outbreak there.
On Friday, China reported an additional 43 deaths, bringing the total deaths there to 213. There are nearly 10,000 confirmed cases overall. There are six confirmed cases in the U.S., including the first person-to-person transmission.
Delta will continue to operate flights between now and Feb. 5 to ensure customers looking to exit China have options to do so.
“The last China-bound flight departing the U.S. will leave on Monday, Feb. 3 with the last return flight back to the U.S. departing China on Feb. 5. The airline will continue to monitor the situation closely and may make additional adjustments as the situation continues to evolve,” Delta said.
Customers whose travel plans are affected can go to “My Trips” section of Delta.com to see their options.
Minnespolis-St. Paul International Airport is one of Delta’s largest hubs. There are no direct flights offered by Delta to China from MSP airport.