Russian state-run airline Aeroflot will suspend flights from Moscow to Hong Kong on March 7, while the last flight from Hong Kong will be made on March 8, Business Traveler reported citing a company statement.
The Russian flag carrier did not officially explain the reasons behind this decision, although it said last week that all moves regarding Asian destinations are to tackle growing fears over the spread of the coronavirus.
“Aeroflot temporarily suspends flights on the route Moscow – Hong Kong – Moscow. Flights from Moscow will be operated until March 7, from Hong Kong – until March 8 (inclusively),” the statement said.
According to the company, passengers who bought tickets no later than March 5, can arrange a forced change in the date of departure or a forced return.
The airline previously announced flight reductions on this route from one daily flight to four flights per week scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Aeroflot added that changes and refunds will not result in additional fees.
Currently, regular flights from Russian regions to Chinese cities are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Now all Chinese flights of Aeroflot and four other Chinese airlines are operated only from terminal F of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.