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Coronavirus slashes China's international flight routes by 67%

Impact on aviation industry appears to exceed SARS outbreak

Workers in protective gear disinfect a plane in Hainan, China, on Feb. 7.   © Kyodo

SHANGHAI/TOKYO -- The coronavirus outbreak in China has slashed the country's air connections with the rest of the world by about two-thirds, a Nikkei analysis has found.

The number of international flight routes to China has fallen 67% since the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on Jan. 30. Links with the U.S. -- which is denying entry to all visitors who have been in China -- dropped 76%. Connections with Japan have been reduced by 55%, while routes linking China with South Korea are down by 52%.

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