"There are so many flight options to China from most major USA cities, especially the West Coast, that it's often one of the cheapest worldwide destinations you can book", said Tracy Stewart, content editor at the airfare comparison site Airfarewatchdog.
Acting Secretary Wolf's announcement identified 3 additional U.S. airports that will be added to the list of airports authorized to receive such flights beginning at various times on Monday, February 3, 2020. Cruise operator Royal Caribbean slashed its earnings guidance on Tuesday, citing the coronavirus outbreak as a factor. The fatality in Hong Kong reportedly involved a 39-year-old patient who died in the hospital Tuesday morning.
The former British colony so far has had 15 confirmed cases of the newly discovered coronavirus, including one that was transmitted locally. According to World Health Organization figures, SARS killed 299 people in Hong Kong during that outbreak.
On Tuesday, the carrier said it planned to cut about 30% of capacity over the next two months, including about 90% of flights to mainland China.
Chinese data suggest that the new virus, while much more contagious than SARS, is significantly less lethal, although such numbers can evolve rapidly.
Meanwhile, China's civil aviation authorities have coordinated with airliners to carry 7,558 medical personnel to areas hard-hit by the virus and bring 399 stranded Chinese back home from overseas by charter flights.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex said he hoped China would accept an offer from the United States and the WHO to send epidemiological experts to China.
USA citizens who have been in other areas of China within the last 14 days will undergo "proactive entry health screening" and up to 14 days of "self-quarantine". Israel's Health Ministry said it won't allow flights from China to land at its airports. A suspension by the United Arab Emirates on Monday will affect the Gulf airlines Etihad and Emirates.