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American Airlines won't resume flights to China, Hong Kong until late April at earliest

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 2/11/2020 Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY
a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: An American Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in April 2019. © Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren for USA TODAY An American Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in April 2019.

American Airlines on Tuesday said it won't resume flights to mainland China and Hong Kong until late April, a month or two longer than previous plans depending on the route.

The airline, which offers flights between its Dallas and Los Angeles hubs and Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, said flights are now scheduled to resume on April 23 and April 24. The date varies by route.

With the change, American is the first U.S. carrier to extend the suspension of Hong Kong flights into April as the coronavirus crisis continues.

United has currently suspended Hong Kong flights through Feb. 20 and flights to  Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai, China, until March 28

Delta Air Lines has suspended its China flights until April 30. The airline does not serve Hong Kong.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths has continued to skyrocket since the three airlines made their announcements on Feb. 4. As of noon on Tuesday, there are now 43,143 cases and 1,018 deaths worldwide, with all but 473 diagnoses and two deaths confined to mainland China. Hong Kong has had 49 cases and one death. 

One bright note: Some, 4,347 of the people diagnosed have since recovered, including the first of 13 patients diagnosed in the United States.

Mere hours before the airlines said they were halting all flights to China, The Seattle Times and Fox affiliate Q13 reported that the Snohomish County man who been hospitalized since shortly after flying home from Wuhan, China, on Jan. 15, had been discharged from the hospital.

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