The coronavirus now has more cases than the SARS epidemic that originated in the Guangdong province of southern China in 2002. The respiratory disease affected 26 countries and resulted in more than 8,000 cases in 2003, killing 774. The current coronovirus has spread to a similar scale, but most cases are restricted to the Wuhan and Hubei province that it originated, while the death toll currently stands at less than 200.
Air and ground transportation has been blocked in Wuhan, the origin of the virus, airlines have scaled-back capacity into other parts of China, rescheduling other flights to minimise the exposure to their own staff. Last week, British Airways suspended its flights from London to Beijing and Shanghai until Mar-2020. Many others, including Air France, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Finnair, Lufthansa, SWISS, and United Airlines have cut capacity or suspended flights.
Our QUESTION OF THE WEEK is... As confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 10,000 and airlines start cutting schedules, what are the largest international markets from China by seat capacity?
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Our previous question asked… What are the the most popular destinations for a long-haul visit by Spaniards for the first half of the year?
Spain is a popular inbound market for travellers, but it also has a healthy outbound market, The most important non-European destination for Spaniards is not surprisingly the Americas, which attracted 53% of all intercontinental trips from Spain last year, according to new research from travel data specialists ForwardKeys.
The ForwardKeys intelligence also covers flight searches, a useful measure of interest in a destination because many people investigate flight options before they book. Looking at the first half of 2020, its research shows USA is the most popular destination with a 26.1% share of searches. It is followed by Morocco (7.0%), Mexico (5.3%), Thailand (5.0%), Argentina (4.3%), Japan (3.8%), Cuba (3.0%), Brazil (2.8%), Colombia (2.7%) and Indonesia (2.5%).