Amid growing concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Air Canada's China flights have been cancelled until April 10. The airline had originally suspended service to the country for the month of February. The cancellation comes as more travel advisories are issued for regions outside of China.
Daily Toronto to Hong Kong flights have also been suspended until April 30, due to a lack of demand, according to CP24. Customers on those flights will be accommodated on non-stop Vancouver to hong Kong trips instead.
"Air Canada will continue to monitor this evolving situation closely in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada and Global Affairs and will adjust its schedule as appropriate," a statement from the company read.
Measures are still being taken at Canadian airports to identify travellers who may be carrying the virus. However, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said in the House of Commons that more needs to be done outside of those screenings.
"Those measures are less effective and it's time to turn our attention and our resources to making sure we're prepared on the domestic stage," Hajdu said, as reported by CBC News.
Aside from China and Hong Kong, Global Affairs Canada has also issued travel health notices for Iran, Japan, Northern Italy, Singapore, and South Korea.
While the overall risk to Canadians remains low, if you are travelling from a region with a confirmed case of… https://t.co/W2cydykj2I— Patty Hajdu (@Patty Hajdu)1582593414.0
Hajdu also noted that Canadians in other countries would continue to receive consular support, but that evacuation was not likely to occur.
Air Canada scrubs all flights to China until April 10 due to coronavirus https://t.co/jBNnk8DYAX https://t.co/aVddli37dB— CP24 (@CP24)1582679992.0
Canadians who were already evacuated from China were transported to CFB Trenton where they underwent a two-week quarantine period.
Similarly, passengers from Canada aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan also had to go into a 14-day isolation period, despite having been through one aboard the ship.