February 28, 2020 / 2:09 PM / a month ago

United cuts more flights to Asia, extends China cancellations

FILE PHOTO: A United Airlines passenger jet taxis at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, U.S. December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United Airlines (UAL.O) said Friday it was cutting flights to Japan, South Korea and Singapore and extending flight cancellations to China in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The U.S airline said it will reduce flights to Tokyo-Narita, Osaka, Singapore and Seoul and extend flight cancellations to Hong Kong and mainland China through April 30.

It is also flying smaller planes on some Asian routes that it will continue to fly. Near-term demand to China has almost disappeared and demand to the rest of its trans-Pacific routes has dropped by 75%, United said on Monday.

Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by John Stonestreet

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