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


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

A passenger wearing a surgical mask at the departure terminal hall at the Hong Kong International Airport.Ivan Abreu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesThousands of flights around the world have been canceled due to the novel coronavirus.This has decreased the number of people that can be found in international airports in countries like South Korea, China, and…

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

A passenger wearing a surgical mask at the departure terminal hall at the Hong Kong International Airport.

A passenger wearing a surgical mask at the departure terminal hall at the Hong Kong International Airport.

Ivan Abreu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

International airports around the world have become increasingly empty as flights have been canceled 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 canceled flights to China. Flights that don’t start or end in China are also being canceled, 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…

 A cleaner mops the floor wearing a surgical mask in front of the flight information display at the arrival hall of Hong Kong international airpor 2

A cleaner mops the floor wearing a surgical mask in front of the flight information display at the arrival hall of Hong Kong international airpor 2


A cleaner mops the floor wearing a surgical mask in Hong Kong International Airport’s arrival hall.

Geovien So/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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

 A passenger wears a surgical mask at an empty departure terminal hall at the Hong Kong International Airport.

A passenger wears a surgical mask at an empty departure terminal hall at the Hong Kong International Airport.


A passenger wearing a surgical mask at the departure terminal hall at the Hong Kong International Airport.

Ivan Abreu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Source: Business Insider

Level 3 suggests travelers reconsider nonessential trips.

 A police officer in a medical mask at Terminal F of Sheremetyevo International Airport. Russia suspends most flights to and from China from February 1, 2

A police officer in a medical mask at Terminal F of Sheremetyevo International Airport. Russia suspends most flights to and from China from February 1, 2


A police officer in a medical mask at a terminal in the Sheremetyevo International Airport in Russia.

Sergei Savostyanov/TASS via Getty Images

South Korea has also been given a level 3.

 People walk through a nearly empty terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) on January 31, 2020 in New York City. 2

People walk through a nearly empty terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) on January 31, 2020 in New York City. 2


People walking around n a John F. Kennedy Airport terminal.

Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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

This picture taken on February 14, 2020 shows an arriving passenger (back L) wearing a face mask while standing in an empty baggage claim area at Daxing 2

This picture taken on February 14, 2020 shows an arriving passenger (back L) wearing a face mask while standing in an empty baggage claim area at Daxing 2


The baggage claim area in the Daxing international Airport in Beijing.

Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images

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

A general view of the nearly empty arrival hall of Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on February 27, 2020, as the number of air travellers has plummeted amid fears over the spread of the COVID 19 coronavirus. 2

A general view of the nearly empty arrival hall of Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on February 27, 2020, as the number of air travellers has plummeted amid fears over the spread of the COVID 19 coronavirus. 2


A near empty hall in the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.

Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images

Italy has now seen 14 deaths as well.

A general view of the nearly empty arrival hall of Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on February 27, 2020, as the number of air travellers has plummeted amid fears over the spread of the COVID 19 coronavirus. ( 2

A general view of the nearly empty arrival hall of Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on February 27, 2020, as the number of air travellers has plummeted amid fears over the spread of the COVID 19 coronavirus. ( 2


A near-empty hall in the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.

Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images

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

A General view showing empty check in counters inside the terminal of the Hong Kong International Airport on February 22, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. 2

A General view showing empty check in counters inside the terminal of the Hong Kong International Airport on February 22, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. 2


Check-in counters at the Hong Kong International Airport.

Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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

A Man with a luggage trolley Is seen walking pass empty check in counters inside the terminal of the Hong Kong International Airport on February 22, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. 2

A Man with a luggage trolley Is seen walking pass empty check in counters inside the terminal of the Hong Kong International Airport on February 22, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. 2


A man walking through the Hong Kong International Airport.

Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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

A nearly empty lobby at the North Terminal of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska, is shown Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. 2

A nearly empty lobby at the North Terminal of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska, is shown Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. 2


A lobby in the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska.

Mark Thiessen/AP Photo

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

A passenger wearing protective mask at the arrival hall at the Hong Kong international Airport. Since 2

A passenger wearing protective mask at the arrival hall at the Hong Kong international Airport. Since 2


A passenger in the arrival hall at the Hong Kong international Airport.

May James/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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

A passenger wearing protective mask at the arrival hall at the Hong Kong international Airport. Since the outbreak of the Corona Virus epidemic in Wuhan, China, concerns have risen about how the virus might be spread by air traveler

A passenger wearing protective mask at the arrival hall at the Hong Kong international Airport. Since the outbreak of the Corona Virus epidemic in Wuhan, China, concerns have risen about how the virus might be spread by air traveler


A passenger in the arrival hall at the Hong Kong international Airport.

May James/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Source: Business Insider

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

A view from Wuhan airport as Turkish citizens arrive at the airport as a Turkish cargo plane is en route to China to evacuate Turkish citizens from Wuhan, the heart of deadly coronavirus outbreak, on January 31, 2020 in Wuhan, Chin 2

A view from Wuhan airport as Turkish citizens arrive at the airport as a Turkish cargo plane is en route to China to evacuate Turkish citizens from Wuhan, the heart of deadly coronavirus outbreak, on January 31, 2020 in Wuhan, Chin 2


Wuhan airport.

Neslihan Cimen Xu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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

A woman wears a protective face mask at the Yangon airport on February 24, 2020. The COVID 19 coronavirus that emerged in central China at the end of last year has now killed more than 2,400 people and spread around the world. 2

A woman wears a protective face mask at the Yangon airport on February 24, 2020. The COVID 19 coronavirus that emerged in central China at the end of last year has now killed more than 2,400 people and spread around the world. 2


A woman wearing a face mask at the Yangon International Airport in Myanmar.

STR/AFP via Getty Images

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.

A worker wearing protective mask at the arrival hall at the Hong Kong international Airport. Since the outbreak of the Corona Virus epidemic in Wuhan, China 2

A worker wearing protective mask at the arrival hall at the Hong Kong international Airport. Since the outbreak of the Corona Virus epidemic in Wuhan, China 2


A worker in the Hong Kong International Airport.

May James/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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

Afghan health workers wearing protective gear talk to a passenger who arrived from China as a preventive measure for Coronavirus 2

Afghan health workers wearing protective gear talk to a passenger who arrived from China as a preventive measure for Coronavirus 2


Afghan health workers and a passenger at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Rahmat Gul/AP Photo

Source: Business Insider

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

An airport employee wearing protective clothes is pictured at Basra airport in southern Iraq on January 30, 2020. Iraqi authorities on February 20 denied Iranians entry to their territory and barred their ow 2

An airport employee wearing protective clothes is pictured at Basra airport in southern Iraq on January 30, 2020. Iraqi authorities on February 20 denied Iranians entry to their territory and barred their ow 2


An airport employee at the Basrah International Airport in Iraq.

Hussein Faleh/AFP via Getty Images

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

Cleaners wearing masks in precaution of the coronavirus outbreak clean a corridor at Changi Airport in Singapore February 18, 2020. 2

Cleaners wearing masks in precaution of the coronavirus outbreak clean a corridor at Changi Airport in Singapore February 18, 2020. 2


Changi Airport in Singapore.

Edgar Su/Reuters

Source: CNBC

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

Empty El Al Israel Airlines check in counters are seen at Ben Gurion International airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel 2

Empty El Al Israel Airlines check in counters are seen at Ben Gurion International airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel 2


Empty El Al Israel Airlines counters at the Ben Gurion Airport in Israel.

Amir Cohen/Reuters

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

Flight attendants wearing protective mask at the arrival hall at the Hong Kong international Airport. Since the outbreak of the Corona Virus epidemic in Wuhan, China, concerns have risen about how the virus might be spread by air travelers. 2

Flight attendants wearing protective mask at the arrival hall at the Hong Kong international Airport. Since the outbreak of the Corona Virus epidemic in Wuhan, China, concerns have risen about how the virus might be spread by air travelers. 2


The arrival hall in the Hong Kong International Airport.

May James/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Source: CNBC

The International Air Transport Association has predicted a $29.3 billion loss in passenger revenue this year.

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The arrival hall in the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images

Source: International Air Transport Association

At least 73 airlines have suspended flights to China…

Military Police patrol inside El Alto airport wearing face masks, in Bolivia, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. 2

Military Police patrol inside El Alto airport wearing face masks, in Bolivia, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. 2


Military Police patrol inside El Alto International Airport in Bolivia.

Juan Karita/AP Photo

Source: Business Insider

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

Passengers wear surgical masks at an empty departure terminal hall at the Hong Kong International Airport. 2

Passengers wear surgical masks at an empty departure terminal hall at the Hong Kong International Airport. 2


Hong Kong International Airport.

Ivan Abreu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Source: Business Insider

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

Passengers wearing protective masks arrived in a flight from Milano, Italy to Krakow Airport in Balice, Poland 2

Passengers wearing protective masks arrived in a flight from Milano, Italy to Krakow Airport in Balice, Poland 2


Passengers in the Krakow Airport in Balice, Poland.

Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Source: Business Insider

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

Passengers with protective facemasks walk with their luggage in the empty arrival hall of Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on February 27, 2020, as the number of air travellers has plummeted amid fears over the spread of the COVID 19 coronavir

Passengers with protective facemasks walk with their luggage in the empty arrival hall of Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on February 27, 2020, as the number of air travellers has plummeted amid fears over the spread of the COVID 19 coronavir


Passengers in an arrival hall of the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images

Source: Business Insider

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.

This picture taken on February 14, 2020 shows a salesclerk wearing a protective face mask and gloves 2

This picture taken on February 14, 2020 shows a salesclerk wearing a protective face mask and gloves 2


A duty free shop in the Daxing international Airport in Beijing.

Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images

Source: Business Insider

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

Photo taken Feb. 10, 2020, shows the international flight lobby of Matsuyama airport in Ehime Prefecture. All China bound flights from the western Japan airport have been canceled for the time being due to the spread of the new coronavirus. 2

Photo taken Feb. 10, 2020, shows the international flight lobby of Matsuyama airport in Ehime Prefecture. All China bound flights from the western Japan airport have been canceled for the time being due to the spread of the new coronavirus. 2


The international flight lobby at the Matsuyama Airport in Japan.

Kyodo News via Getty Images

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

Policeman Wu Shengzao 1st L patrols with his colleagues at the Daxing International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 1, 2020 2

Policeman Wu Shengzao 1st L patrols with his colleagues at the Daxing International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 1, 2020 2


Policemen at the Daxing International Airport in Beijing.

Xinhua/Peng Ziyang via Getty Images

Source: Business Insider

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

This picture taken on February 14, 2020 shows a nearly empty terminal at Daxing international airport in Beijing, as travel has ground to a halt in the wake of the the COVID 19 coronavirus outbreak. 2

This picture taken on February 14, 2020 shows a nearly empty terminal at Daxing international airport in Beijing, as travel has ground to a halt in the wake of the the COVID 19 coronavirus outbreak. 2


Daxing International Airport in Beijing.

Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images

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

A Cathay Pacific Flight attended is seen walking pass empty check in counters inside the terminal of the Hong Kong International Airport on February 22, 2020 i 2

A Cathay Pacific Flight attended is seen walking pass empty check in counters inside the terminal of the Hong Kong International Airport on February 22, 2020 i 2


A Cathay Pacific Flight attendant in the Hong Kong International Airport.

Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Source: Cathay Pacific

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

This picture taken on February 14, 2020 shows two men wearing face masks walking through a nearly empty terminal at Daxing international airport in Beijing, as travel has ground to a halt in the wake of the the COVID 19 coronavirus outbreak. 2

This picture taken on February 14, 2020 shows two men wearing face masks walking through a nearly empty terminal at Daxing international airport in Beijing, as travel has ground to a halt in the wake of the the COVID 19 coronavirus outbreak. 2


Daxing international Airport in Beijing.

Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images

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

Travelers seen wearing surgical masks as a protective measure from the deadly coronavirus as they exit the arrival hall area at Hong Kong international airport. 2

Travelers seen wearing surgical masks as a protective measure from the deadly coronavirus as they exit the arrival hall area at Hong Kong international airport. 2


Hong Kong International Airport.

Geovien So/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Source: The Points Guy

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