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Delta to suspend flights between Twin Cities-South Korea amid coronavirus outbreak

The fights will end on Saturday for at least two months.
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Delta's recently launched service between Minneapolis-St. Paul International and Seoul-Incheon in South Korea will be suspended for at least two months starting Saturday.

Responding to the coronavirus outbreak, Delta has said it's suspending flights between MSP and South Korea starting Saturday, lasting until at least April 30.

The last flight departing Seoul bound for MSP will leave on Friday, with the final service departing for Seoul from MSP leaving Thursday,

The route only started flying last year, becoming only the second direct flight between Minnesota and Asia. The other route, to Tokyo in Japan, is unaffected for now.

It comes after South Korea reported 284 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, comprising the majority of the 459 new cases outside of China.

China, where the virus originated, had 401 new cases on Wednesday.

"The health and safety of customers and employees is Delta's top priority and the airline has put in place a number of processes and mitigation strategies to respond to the growing concern," Delta said in its statement.

"Delta remains in constant contact with the foremost communicable disease experts at the CDC, WHO and local health officials to respond to the coronavirus as well as ensure training, policies, procedures and cabin cleaning and disinfection measures meet and exceed guidelines."

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Those who have booked flights to Korea from MSP should go to the My Trips section of Delta.com to check their options, which can see them put on other flights, or can see refunds given out.

The rise of coronavirus is causing concern for those who have trips planned for later this year.

Travelinsurance.com says that this in turn has led to an increase in the number of travel insurance plans being taken out with a "cancel for any reason" option, given that regular travel insurance won't cover you if you don't want to fly to a coronavirus afflicted area.

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