At least 74 airlines have canceled flights beyond China as the coronavirus spreads globally
- As the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spreads globally, airlines are canceling routes beyond Chinese territory both as a precaution and to stop the spread of the virus.
- Iran and South Korea are among the top countries where airlines are canceling service due to increased reports of the virus.
- The cancellations and reductions in service can be felt as far as Europe and North America.
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Airlines and countries are continuing to restrict travel following the spread of the novel coronavirus outside the borders of Chinese territory.
With increased cases of coronavirus being reported in countries near and far from China including South Korea, Italy, and Iran, numerous routes around the world are being cut to prevent the further spread of the disease.
The reductions in service are caused by a mix of low-demand and government mandate restricting travel to certain regions. Middle Eastern and Asian countries are among those being the most proactive in attempting to stem the spread of the virus as it finds its way across their regions.
While most services are being cut on routes within those regions, the effects of the virus on air travel can be felt as far as North America.
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[Source: Business Insider]