by: Sara Stinson
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – The last direct flight from San Francisco International Airport to China leaves Friday.
However, Air China will still be servicing travelers who need to get to China from San Francisco – they’ll just need to make a pit spot in Los Angeles.
The last direct flight from SFO leaves Friday night at 10:40 p.m. on China Southern Airlines.
A representative with Air China says they will still have routes from Beijing to Los Angeles to San Francisco four days a week.
The U.S. Dept. of Transportation approved Air China’s adjusted flight schedule on Wednesday, according to Air China.
Many airlines have suspended flights at SFO to China’s mainland due to coronavirus concerns.
On Wednesday, China reported nearly 15,000 more cases yesterday – that’s the largest single-day rise since the epidemic began.
SFO usually has the most departures to China than any other airport in the county.
Now even flights to Hong Kong have been canceled – but there are still 21 roundtrip flights there per week until the end of March.
A lot of Bay Area companies that frequent Asia for business have stopped employee travel there altogether anyways out of precaution.
The coronavirus has killed more than 1,000 people and globally the virus has infected 60,000 people – most patients being in mainland China.
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