United expands flight suspensions from US to Asia; reduces capacity to Japan

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United Airlines has announced that it is extending the suspension of flights between its U.S. airport hub locations and Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, and Hong Kong through April 30.

Additionally, the airline is suspending flights and reducing capacity to Tokyo-Narita, Osaka, Singapore, and Seoul.

So far, there is no word yet on whether any United Airlines Guam routes are affected.

United said it will stay in close contact with the CDC and other health organizations as it continues to evaluate its schedule.

Affected routes are:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo-Narita (NRT) – Flights suspended starting March 8 and flights suspended until April 24;

  • Houston (IAH) to Tokyo-Narita (NRT) – Flights suspended starting March 8 and flights suspended until April 24;

  • Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Tokyo-Narita (NRT) – Flights suspended March 8 – 27. Starting March 28, flights to Tokyo-Haneda (HND) will operate daily;

  • New York/Newark (EWR) to Tokyo-Narita (NRT) – No change but starting April reduction to 5x weekly (from daily);

  • San Francisco (SFO) to Osaka-Kansai (KIX) – No change but starting April reduction to 5x weekly (from daily);

  • San Francisco (SFO) to Singapore (SIN) – Reduction to 1x daily (from 2x daily) in March; and

  • San Francisco (SFO) to Seoul–Incheon (ICN) – Reduction to 3x weekly (from 1x daily); and

Flexibility

To give customers flexibility, United said it is waiving change fees or allowing refunds for travel to or from select cities.

United has also suspended ticket sales for MileagePlus Award travel and flights between the U.S. and China on its partner airlines through April 30.

The airline is recommending that all international travelers allow extra time at the airport before their flights.

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