The outbreak of the coronavirus coincides with the Lunar New Year. Airlines must prepare for the risk of transmission at a time of significantly increased passenger traffic both to and from China and within Asia.
This creates a favourable environment for the disease to spread widely and quickly. This is not the first time airlines have had to deal with such a threat. In this article, we consider the similarities to the response to SARS and how the issues in relation to and threats from coronavirus differ from SARS.