March 6, 2020 / 12:36 AM / a month ago

Qantas cancels more international flights as coronavirus outbreak escalates

SYDNEY, March 6 (Reuters) - Qantas Airways Ltd said on Friday it would cut more international capacity this month as it grapples with falling demand due to an escalation in the coronavirus outbreak in countries beyond China.

The latest cuts to destinations including Tokyo, Sapporo, Osaka, Hong Kong and Auckland are on top of its grounding the equivalent of 18 planes as it cut international and domestic capacity last month.

“The coronavirus situation and its impact on international travel demand is evolving and we’re monitoring closely,” the airline said in a statement on Friday.

“Further changes are expected.” (Reporting by Jamie Freed; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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