British Airways and Lufthansa add to growing number of airlines cancelling flights to contain coronavirus

MarketWatch | 1/29/2020 | Callum Keown, Lina Saigol
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A growing number of airlines have suspended flights to and from mainland China as fears escalate over the spreading coronavirus and countries warn their citizens not to travel unless essential.

British Airways IAG, -0.07% said it had suspended all direct flights to and from the country on Wednesday and would reassess the situation at the end of the week.

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The number of confirmed cases of the virus has now climbed to 5,974 — more than the SARS epidemic in 2003, Chinese health officials said on Tuesday, while the death toll has risen to 132.

Chinese officials have imposed a travel ban on Wuhan — the epicenter of the outbreak — and surrounding cities in a bid to contain the mystery virus. As fears mount over the global spread of the virus, a number of international airlines have suspended flights to China.

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BA, which operates daily flights to Shanghai and Beijing from Heathrow, said its flight suspensions followed a warning from the U.K. government that citizens should avoid all but essential travel to China. “We apologize to customers for the inconvenience, but the safety of our customers and crew is always our priority,” BA said in a statement.

German airline Lufthansa LHA, +1.21% followed suit later on Wednesday, confirming that Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines flights to and from China would be suspended until Feb.9.

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Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific 293, -1.42% said it would cut flights to and from mainland China by 50% or more until the end of March, in line with the region’s government response plan.

The Hong Kong carrier said it would take measures to “strengthen...
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