Delta cutting China flight schedule in half amid coronavirus outbreak

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Delta Air Lines plans to temporarily reduce its flight schedule to China in half, due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

Atlanta-based Delta operates daily flights from Atlanta to Shanghai, as well as flights to Shanghai and Beijing from other U.S. cities.

But the airline said Wednesday it will shift its daily routes to China to three or four weekly flights per route, effective Feb. 6. It said it will continue to operate from all of its current U.S.-China gateway to maintain options for customers.

The reduction will bring Delta’s China service from 42 weekly flights between the U.S. and China to 21 a week.

The reduced schedule will be displayed on Delta's website starting Feb. 1, at which time the airline will reach out to customers whose itineraries are affected.