Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


Coronavirus: Expert Warns More Flights Could Be Cancelled

An industry analyst is predicting more international flights will be cancelled if the coronavirus and consumer uncertainty it has created is not contained.

Air New Zealand, China Southern, Sichuan Airlines, Air China, Hainan Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific have all reduced or stopped flights to China.

Singapore Airlines and its subsidiary SilkAir announced through its website yesterday a temporary reduction flights across their global network, starting 24 February through to May, due to "weak demand" as a result of the outbreak.

The carrier will reduce services to Frankfurt, New York, Tokyo, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Paris, Seoul and Sydney.

Aviation analyst at Forsyth Barr, Andy Bowley, told Morning Report that a mix of government travel restrictions and the public's reluctance to travel in the current health climate caused by the coronavirus outbreak had impacted on global travel, particularly as many transit hubs where Asian-based.

"I hear it in the context of the business environment, where airlines make a fair bit of money from in light of the high yields that generate from customers at the front of cabin and there's a distinct lack of a desire to travel to China or to Hong Kong, or other Asia destinations currently, because of the uncertainty prevailing from a health point of view," he said.

Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in
MP3 format.

"The New Zealand government has travel restrictions in place for all foreign nationals that travel from or are transiting mainland China currently. So there is a distinct lack of demand as a result of that, but also the consumer response to any outbreaks, such as what we have currently, in terms of the uncertainty it creates one, two, three months out."

Bowley said airlines were generally more responsive to emergencies like coronavirus and would take steps to support their cost base and profits, but projected performance outlooks would be affected.

"The results that Air New Zealand will report next week and Auckland Airport today won't be impacted by this because those results are only up until the end of December, but in their outlook and commentary there will be an outlook of uncertainty."

There have been over 75,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus world-wide, with 2014 reported deaths resulting from the illness, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in January.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Keith Rankin: Our Neanderthal Ancestry

After my partner read Dan Salmon's novel Neands – written during lockdown in 2020 – I decided to renew my interest in our distant ancestry, in part with a concern that homo neanderthalensis has been unable to shake off, so far, its unflattering reputation in popular culture... More>>

Ian Powell: Rescuing Simpson From Simpson

(Originally published at The Democracy Project ) Will the health reforms proposed for the Labour Government make the system better or worse? Health commentator Ian Powell (formerly the Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical ... More>>

Missions To Mars: Mapping, Probing And Plundering The Red Planet

In the first month of 2020, Forbes was all excitement about fresh opportunities for plunder and conquest. Titled “2020: The Year We Will Conquer Mars”, the contribution by astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter was less interested in the physics than the conquest. ... More>>

Jennifer S. Hunt: Trump Evades Conviction Again As Republicans Opt For Self-Preservation

By Jennifer S. Hunt Lecturer in Security Studies, Australian National University Twice-impeached former US President Donald Trump has evaded conviction once more. On the fourth day of the impeachment trial, the Senate verdict is in . Voting guilty: ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Let The Investigation Begin: The International Criminal Court, Israel And The Palestinian Territories

International tribunals tend to be praised, in principle, by those they avoid investigating. Once interest shifts to those parties, such bodies become the subject of accusations: bias, politicisation, crude arbitrariness. The United States, whose legal and political ... More>>

The Conversation: How To Cut Emissions From Transport: Ban Fossil Fuel Cars, Electrify Transport And Get People Walking And Cycling

By Robert McLachlan Professor in Applied Mathematics, Massey University The Climate Change Commission’s draft advice on how to decarbonise New Zealand’s economy is refreshing, particularly as it calls on the government to start phasing out fossil ... More>>

  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog