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Inaugural Shanghai-Keflavík flights postponed

07.02.2020 - 16:11
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The Chinese airline Juneyao Air has announced it has cancelled its first seven scheduled flights between Shanghai and Keflavík. The maiden flight was scheduled for 31st March but is now set for 25th April.

Kristján Sigurjónsson, the editor of the travel industry website, discussed the news on Rás 1 radio this morning. 

Fréttablaðið last November quoted Xu Xiang, the airline’s Nordic operations manager, that Juneyao Air hopes to serve roughly one fifth of the hundred thousand Chinese tourists visiting Iceland each year; or around 20,000 passengers. 

A large number of airlines are cancelling flights to and from China at the moment, however, over the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak that started in the country. 

It is unclear when normal transport links to and from China will resume. There are over 31,000 confirmed cases of the virus in the country and nearly 640 have died. 

Professor Neil Ferguson, an infectious diseases specialist from Imperial College London, says he believes there are many more people infected than official figures suggest. In his opinion, there are probably around 50,000 new cases arising every day. 

The virus is having a severe economic impact in China and around the world. By means of illustration, Kristján pointed out that the Tallink ferry service that connects Sweden, Finland, and Estonia has has 11,000 cancellations from China for February alone. 

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