As coronavirus travel restrictions ramp up, major airline hubs take a hit

Airlines canceled more flights on Monday as Australia and New Zealand advised against non-essential domestic travel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) halted flights for two weeks and Singapore and Taiwan banned foreign transit passengers.

The UAE, home to major carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways, will suspend all inbound and outbound passenger flights and airport transit for two weeks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, state news agency WAM reported.

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The decision will take effect in 48 hours and is subject to reassessment, WAM reported, noting that cargo and emergency evacuation flights were exempt.

Emirates, one of the world’s biggest long-haul airlines, said on Sunday it would stop nearly all passenger flights this week and cut staff wages by as much as half because of the coronavirus impact on travel demand.

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In the southern hemisphere, Qantas Airways Ltd, Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd and Air New Zealand Ltd said they were re-examining their domestic schedules after their governments advised against non-essential domestic travel.

Some Australian states and territories are now requiring arrivals from other states to self-isolate for 14 days.

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Australia’s largest airport operator, Sydney Airport Holdings Pty Ltd, said on Monday it was looking to lower its capital spending from its previous forecast of A$350-A$450 million ($200-257 million) to focus only on critical projects due to the fall in traffic.

Singapore Airlines Ltd, which lacks a domestic market, had been planning to halve its international capacity before the city-state’s government on Sunday banned short-term visitors from transiting or entering the country.

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“We are assessing the impact of this announcement on our operations and will make the necessary adjustments to our services,” Singapore Airlines said in a statement.

The airline normally relies heavily on connecting passengers from markets like Australia to Europe and India to North America through its hub.

Taiwan announced similar restrictions which will hit the business of China Airlines Ltd and EVA Airways Corp , which have in recent years marketed Taipei as a convenient and affordable transit airport, competing with Hong Kong and Singapore.

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In Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd has cut its passenger capacity by 96 per cent in April and May as government curbs make travel more difficult.

In mainland China, which was hit first by the coronavirus outbreak, domestic capacity has been rising as some internal restrictions are loosened but there are concerns that passengers on international flights could re-import the virus.

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China’s aviation regulator said on Sunday that all international flights due to arrive in Beijing would be diverted to other airports as their first port of entry beginning on Monday, as the country steps up measures to battle the coronavirus.

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