A few days ago Wuhan airport closed due to the risk of the spread of a new disease Coronavirus during the Chinese New Year. This went into affect at UTC 2:00 Am and will remain closed until further notice leaving many people stranded and helpless. Wuhans health board has called it a state of emergency and advices everyone to watch everyone. Currently I’m back in New Zealand my experience travelling from 2 countries with the infectious virus meant that I would be a fairly high risk traveller upon arriving at Auckland I found that the only people screened there for the Virus where those who where flying in on a Chinese flight. About probably 80% of most Chinese coming into the country fly from China flying on NZ90 and with my travel past Immigration New Zealand didn’t even seem to care on the other hand Japans Government has classified my Movements as High risk and has asked me for a month if I feel any symptom of a common cold to immediately visit a doctor.
Wuhan Tianhe International Airport handled 25 Million passengers last year making it the busiest in central China with many connections to Rome, JFK, London, Sydney, Paris etc. At the time of shut down it was unclear if the closure included inbound aircraft but a few arrivals seemed to have been able to land even after the closure. At the time China southern had a few long haul flights inbound which had mostly arrived in Wuhan and then flew directly onto Guangzhou the Base for China southern.
Many airports around the world are investing in health screenings for all passengers travelling from China as it’s unclear on how many other cities also have the virus. Recently Cathay Pacific flight attendants got approval on being able to wear face mask preventing the spread of disease the first time a Chinese airline has been approved to have this request
Currently this virus is at a stage where we see many large carriers canceling important routes into China with one of the latest British airways.
For anyone affected by this Virus weather physically or Mentally I give my condolences and if you need to talk to anyone feel free to stop by my Mail box 📦 and I’ll reply.
Is there anyone who has stories from Wuhan or anywhere else involving this please share them with us.
Check out this article by simple flying.
A few community topics also on these events.
This will be updated next time something changes.
Safe flying everyone :)