Five African airlines suspend flights to China
London, Jan. 31, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Five African Airlines-RwandAir, Air Madagascar, Air Mauritus and Royal Air Maroc have suspended flights to mainland China because of the coronavirus outbreak that has killed at least 213 people there.
The airlines said the suspensions are indefinite, and have offered to refund or re-route passengers who had booked flights to China.
Earlier on Friday Kenya Airways suspended all flights to China.
Them too have suspended pic.twitter.com/7bCghlhi9y— Eddie Mors African Tours & Safaris (@EddieMorsTours) January 31, 2020
The World Health Organization on Thursday declared the coronavirus a global emergency, but said there was no reason to limit trade or travel to China.
Rwanda’s national carrier has announced the suspension of its flights to and from Guangzhou from Friday
Moroccan airline Royal Air Maroc said it was suspending flights to China until end of February because of “a very low demand” for the route it operates between Casablanca to Beijing.
Meanwhile, Botswana has announced a case of suspected coronavirus in the country
The passenger arrived aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight from China, a government statement says.
It adds that the individual has been put in isolation while investigations continue
So far there have been no confirmed cases in Africa.
Kenya, Ivory Coast and Ethiopia had announced suspected cases of coronavirus but the results have come back negative.
On Thursday, the authorities is Sudan announced that two people who had visited the Chinese city of Wuhan – the epicentre of the virus outbreak – were under investigation.