AFA Statement on United Airlines Reducing Capacity to China

Washington, D.C. (January 28, 2020) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, representing 50,000 Flight Attendants at 20 airlines including United, issued the following statement on United's announcement to suspend some flights due to a significant decline in demand for travel to China:

“This is the right proactive approach in times like these. It is not only a good business decision, it will allow United to properly provision flights around the system by consolidating universal precaution materials. This minimizes unnecessary exposure. It also allows Flight Attendants to better plan for their own schedules. We appreciate United’s continued work with our union to mitigate risk during this outbreak.”


The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO represents 50,000 Flight Attendants at 20 airlines. AFA is the union that has advanced the Flight Attendant profession for 74 years, beating back discrimination and improving wages, benefits, working conditions, and aviation safety, health and security in the aircraft cabin. AFA also partners with the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at


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