Report: Trump Considering Suspending China-U.S. Flights as Coronavirus Death Toll Climbs

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: People arrive to Los Angeles International Airport after touchdown of an Air China flight from Beijing, which serves as a connector from Wuhan, China to Los Angeles, on the first day of health screenings for coronavirus of travelers from Wuhan on January 18, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Coronavirus is a new type of virus similar in the same classification as SARS and MERS that has health officials concerned. The outbreak that has infected dozens of people in Wuhan and killed at least two. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

by JOSHUA CAPLAN

The White House notified airlines it is mulling a temporary ban on flights from China to the U.S. as the deadly coronavirus continues to spread in parts of the world, sources told CNBC on Tuesday.

No timeline on when the flights could be suspended was given.

The report comes as United Airlines announced Tuesday it is suspending 24 U.S.-China flights, beginning in the first week of February.

The airline said in a statement:

Due to a significant decline in demand for travel to China, we are suspending some flights between our hub cities and Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai beginning February 1 through February 8. We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and will adjust our schedule as needed.

Leading the charge to ensure further precautions are taken in the skies is Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who called on the Trump administration to enact a “targeted travel ban” on China as concerns mount over the virus outbreak. full story

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