As China slowly wins its courageous battle over Covid-19, one US airline is showing confidence in the nation’s recovery, promising to resume flights in the near future, CGTN.com reported.
Wong Hong, president of Greater China and Singapore at Delta Air Lines, said the airline hopes to restart operations with China “soon,” bucking the current trend of other international airlines.
Delta, one of the major air carriers in the US, announced on January 31 that it has decided to temporarily suspend all US-to-China flights, beginning February 6 through April 30, due to the concerns related to the novel coronavirus, the report said.
Later on Wednesday, the carrier announced that its flight schedule to South Korea will be reduced because of the same concerns, the report said.
“Indeed, the epidemic has been surprising and very sudden, and has affected the travel and aviation industry. The overall impact is significant, but we believe it is only for the short term,” Wong told CGTN.
“We hope to be able to resume our services soon,” he said, adding that the company has been working hard to help all customers make changes to their travel plans, the report said.
The company donated US$25 million earlier this month for immediate health and safety services related to the outbreak, the report said.
“Our contribution will support medical aid and education to communities, and help the affected people in China,” Wong detailed.
Moreover, he appreciated the Chinese government’s efforts in containing the virus by taking stringent prevention and control measures, the report said.
“I am glad to know that there are encouraging signs that the number of new confirmed cases has fallen in recent days with persistent efforts and the resilience of the Chinese people,” he stressed.
As a global airline serving Chinese customers for over 70 years, Wong has full confidence that the epidemic will be brought under control.
“We look forward to the day when we can once again connect travelers around the world,” Wong said.