China Airlines and EVA Airways are temporarily cutting flights to South Korea following MERS outbreak

747-400_China-Airlines-B-18208-takingoffTaiwan’s China Airlines and EVA Airways are temporarily cutting flights to South Korea by nearly half, citing falling travel demand because of the MERS outbreak.

China Airlines will cut flights from 42 to 27 a week, while EVA Air will cut its weekly flights to seven from 20, according to statements from the companies. The cuts will run to the end of July.

Taiwanese health authorities have widened their travel alert to cover all of South Korea, from just Seoul, as the MERS outbreak spread.

South Korea reported two more deaths and 13 new cases linked to MERS, raising the death toll to nine and bringing the total number of infections from the coronavirus to 108.