StarLux cancels Macau flights through March 28 amid virus fears

Focus Taiwan
Date: 02/03/2020
By: Shih Hsiu-chuan and Emerson Lim

Taipei, Feb. 3 (CNA) Taiwanese startup airline StarLux Airlines announced Monday it will cancel all of its flights between Taiwan and Macau from Feb. 8 to at least March 28 amid fears over the spread of the coronavirus epidemic gripping China.

The carrier, which started operations on Jan. 23, normally flies three round-trips a day to the special administrative region of China, but it canceled one of them on Jan. 30 as the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak escalated.

StarLux said it expected to resume its morning round-trip flight between Taoyuan and Macau on March 29, and resume the other two flights on June 1.

StarLux is not the only Taiwanese airline cutting capacity to cope with restrictions on travel across the Taiwan Strait to keep the coronavirus at bay. Hundreds of flights between Taiwan and China, Macau and Hong Kong will be canceled this month.    [FULL  STORY]

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