United Airlines said Friday that it is reducing it’s service throughout Asia as the spread of coronavirus drives down demand.
The Chicago-based carrier has more service to Asia than any other U.S. carrier. United earlier this week pulled its full-year guidance because of the outbreak, which has sickened more than 83,000 people. Demand to China collapsed entirely and fell by 75% in the rest of the airline’s Asia network, it said.
United will cancel its service to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport from Los Angeles and from Houston from March 8 to April 24. It will also suspend its service from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport from March 8 to March 27 before it switches to Tokyo’s Haneda airport.
The airline is also reducing flights to Tokyo from Newark to five a week from daily in April, and also reducing service from San Francisco to Osaka, Singapore and Seoul, South Korea. It will also use a smaller plane for its San Francisco to Tapei service during March and April.
United Airlines announced that its cancellation of all flights to Beijing (PEK), Chengdu (CTU), Shanghai (PVG) and Hong Kong (HKG) will be extended through April 30, 2020.
The airline is also canceling the following:
- Chicago (ORD)-Tokyo (NRT) — March 8 through March 27
- Houston (IAH)-Tokyo (NRT) — March 8 through April 24
- Los Angeles (LAX)-Tokyo (NRT) — March 8 through April 24
Additionally, United will reduce frequencies as follows:
- Newark (EWR)-Tokyo (NRT) — from daily to 5x weekly for April
- San Francisco (SFO)-Seoul (ICN) — from up to 2x daily to 3x weekly for March 8 through April 30
- San Francisco (SFO)-Singapore (SIN) — 2x daily to 1x daily for March 8 through April 24
- San Francisco (SFO)-Osaka (KIX) — from daily to 5x weekly for April
Finally, the airline will be downgauging aircraft as follows:
- Honolulu (HNL)-Tokyo (NRT) — from 777-200 to 787-8 for April
- San Francisco (SFO)-Taipei (TPE) — from 777-300 to 787-9 for March and April
As of now, United plans to move forward with its plan to expand service to Tokyo Haneda (HND) with four new flights from the U.S. beginning March 28, 2020. Under that plan, daily service will launch from Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR) and Washington, D.C. (IAD) and daily flights from San Francisco (SFO) will continue as scheduled.
Source: CNBC/the Points Guy