Photos of deserted, nearly empty airports around the world show how coronavirus has decimated air travel

Ivan Abreu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesA passenger wearing a surgical mask at the departure terminal hall at the Hong Kong International Airport.

International airports around the world have become increasingly empty as flights have been cancelled and more travel warnings have been issued during the coronavirus outbreak.

The novel coronavirus – which originated in Wuhan, China – has now killed 2,810 people, with at least 60 deaths of those occurring outside of China. As of now, over 82,500 people have been infected globally, although 95% of the cases have been in China.

At least 47 countries outside of China have reported cases of coronavirus, and the fear of contracting and spreading COVID-19 has caused a significant drop in flights to and from Asia: 73 airlines have cancelled flights to China. Flights that don’t start or end in China are also being cancelled, with Italy and the Middle East as major hotspots now.

Keep scrolling to see the effects that the novel coronavirus has had on airports around the world, from Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska:


The US State Department has issued travel advisories for several countries…

Geovien So/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesA cleaner mops the floor wearing a surgical mask in Hong Kong International Airport’s arrival hall.

…including China, which has been given a level 3 travel advisory.

Ivan Abreu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesA passenger wearing a surgical mask at the departure terminal hall at the Hong Kong International Airport.

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Level 3 suggests travellers reconsider nonessential trips.

Sergei Savostyanov/TASS via Getty ImagesA police officer in a medical mask at a terminal in the Sheremetyevo International Airport in Russia.

South Korea has also been given a level 3.

Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesPeople walking around n a John F. Kennedy Airport terminal.

Japan, Italy, and Iran are all level 2, while Hong Kong sits at level 1.

Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty ImagesThe baggage claim area in the Daxing international Airport in Beijing.

At 26 deaths, Iran has the highest number of coronavirus-caused deaths outside of China.

Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty ImagesA near empty hall in the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.

Italy has now seen 14 deaths as well.

Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty ImagesA near-empty hall in the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.

No COVID-19 patients have died in the US yet.

Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesCheck-in counters at the Hong Kong International Airport.

The CDC has also issued health alerts for Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesA man walking through the Hong Kong International Airport.

The World Health Organisation said on Monday that COVID-19 has “pandemic potential.”

Mark Thiessen/AP PhotoA lobby in the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska.

WHO previously called COVID-19 a “global health emergency.”

May James/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesA passenger in the arrival hall at the Hong Kong international Airport.

Fears of air travel safety have started mounting with the spread of the coronavirus.

May James/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesA passenger in the arrival hall at the Hong Kong international Airport.

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Air travel has been one of the reasons COVID-19 has spread globally, including in the US.


The US Department of Homeland Security released a list of 11 US airports where flights from China will be allowed to land in.

STR/AFP via Getty ImagesA woman wearing a face mask at the Yangon International Airport in Myanmar.

Source: US Department of Homeland Security


This list includes the New York area’s John F. Kennedy and Newark airports, California’s Los Angeles and San Francisco airports, and airports in Atlanta, Seattle-Tacoma, Honolulu, Washington Dulles, Dallas Fort Worth, Detroit, and Chicago O’Hare.

May James/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesA worker in the Hong Kong International Airport.

The US has also started barring foreign nationals who have been in China in the past 14 days from entering the country.

Rahmat Gul/AP PhotoAfghan health workers and a passenger at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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US citizens and residents who have travelled to China in the past two weeks will undergo a health screening and self-quarantine instead.

Hussein Faleh/AFP via Getty ImagesAn airport employee at the Basrah International Airport in Iraq.

More than 200,000 flights have been cancelled because of the novel coronavirus, CNBC reported.

Edgar Su/ReutersChangi Airport in Singapore.

Source: CNBC


This has also caused the price of jet fuel to decrease significantly.

Amir Cohen/ReutersEmpty El Al Israel Airlines counters at the Ben Gurion Airport in Israel.

COVID-19 may also cause the first drop of air travel requests since 2009, CNBC reported.

May James/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesThe arrival hall in the Hong Kong International Airport.

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The International Air Transport Association has predicted a $US29.3 billion loss in passenger revenue this year.

Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty ImagesThe arrival hall in the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Source: International Air Transport Association


At least 73 airlines have suspended flights to China…

Juan Karita/AP PhotoMilitary Police patrol inside El Alto International Airport in Bolivia.

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…and more than 62 global airlines have cancelled flights to other coronavirus-infected countries like Iran, Italy, and South Korea.

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This includes Air New Zealand, Jazeera Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, and Qatar Airways, to name a few.

Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesPassengers in the Krakow Airport in Balice, Poland.

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American, Delta, and United have also suspended flights to China.

Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty ImagesPassengers in an arrival hall of the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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JetBlue has started offering free flight cancellations and changes for trips booked between February 27 and March 11 for flights that were set to be taken by June 1.

Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty ImagesA duty free shop in the Daxing international Airport in Beijing.

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The airline currently doesn’t offer flights to Europe or Asia. Instead, it services the US, Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Kyodo News via Getty ImagesThe international flight lobby at the Matsuyama Airport in Japan.

Korean Air announced on Tuesday that one of their flight attendants has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Xinhua/Peng Ziyang via Getty ImagesPolicemen at the Daxing International Airport in Beijing.

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It’s now disinfecting the aircraft and telling its flight attendants who feel any symptoms to self-quarantine.

Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty ImagesDaxing International Airport in Beijing.

Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific has announced that it would stop offering in-flight hot towels, pillows, blankets, magazines, and duty-free sales.

Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesA Cathay Pacific Flight attendant in the Hong Kong International Airport.

Source: Cathay Pacific


United said on Monday that the demand for flights to China has dropped 100%…

Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty ImagesDaxing international Airport in Beijing.

…while demand for flights to Asia has dropped 75%, The Points Guy reported.

Source: The Points Guy

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