(Yicai Global) Jan. 31 -- China will send two chartered planes today to Thailand and Malaysia to collect Wuhan residents travelling abroad and unable to return, according to state broadcaster China Central Television.
Many international flights to China have been cancelled as authorities try to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, leaving many tourists from Wuhan stranded overseas. Some of them have also been denied entry onto commercial flights as reactions to the pneumonia outbreak remain heightened.
The two chartered planes operated by Xiamen Airlines will fly to Bangkok, Thailand and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia this afternoon, the country's Civil Aviation Administration said.
China's decision to dispatch chartered flights to fly travelers from Hubei Province back home was announced earlier today by Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
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