LONDON (Reuters) – British Airways has suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China, one of the biggest names in aviation to do so, as worries grow about the impact of a spreading coronavirus on global travel.
BA.com, the airline’s website, shows no direct flights to mainland China are available to book in January and February, but the airline said in an email that the cancellations were in effect until Jan. 31 while it assesses the situation.
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Direct flights to the Chinese-ruled autonomous region of Hong Kong were unaffected.
BA’s move followed some flight cancellations to China by U.S. airline United Airlines Holdings Inc which blamed a sharp fall in demand.
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Fears over the spread of the flu-like virus, which originated in the central city of Wuhan, are growing as the death toll rose to 132 and countries warned their citizens over travel to China.
Britain’s Foreign Office on Tuesday advised against “all but essential” travel to mainland China due to the coronavirus outbreak.
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