Car­ri­ers not cut­ting flights to SK amid MERS scare

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan’s two ma­jor air car­ri­ers said Wed­nes­day that they have no plans to cut flights to South Korea amid the Mid­dle East Re­s­pi­ra­tory Syn­drome Coro­n­avirus ( MERS-CoV) scare in that coun­try, which has re­ported 30 con­firmed cases so far, with two fa­tal­i­ties.

China Air­lines, which has flights to Seoul and Bu­san, said that bookings for this month have only had a few can­cel­la­tions.

As the ra­tio of can­cel­la­tions is not even up to 1 per­cent, it has no plans to cancel flights, the car­rier said.

EVA Air also said it will not cut its 20 weekly flights to South Korea.

But it said that it will in­struct the check-in coun­ters for South Korean routes to put up a MERS in­for­ma­tion board and broad­cast in­for­ma­tion re­lated to MERS in Korean and Man­darin to re­mind pas­sen­gers that if they have the symptoms of fever, cough­ing or nau­sea, they must re­port the sit­u­a­tion and be checked by doc­tors at the air­port be­fore con­tin­u­ing on their jour­neys.

The car­rier will also en­sure that pas­sen­gers with fever are seated away from other pas­sen­gers and that they wear sur­gi­cal masks.

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