British Airways has today revealed it has suspended bookings on its website for direct flights from London to Beijing and Shanghai until March.
All flights to mainland China with ‘immediate effect’ due to the coronavirus crisis as the death toll rises to 132.
A spokeswoman for the airline said on Wednesday it was ‘assessing the situation’ and BA.com, the airline’s website, now shows that no direct flights to China are available in January and February.
The Foreign Office yesterday advised against ‘all but essential’ travel to mainland China due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Urgent plans to bring Britons back from the coronavirus-hit Chinese province of Hubei are being finalised by the Government. The deadline for those stuck in the city of Wuhan and surrounding areas to contact the British consulate expressing their wish to leave passed at 3am UK time (11am local time).
United Airlines, the biggest US carrier to China, has also announced it will be cutting 24 flights in near-term to China and the White House is said to be considering stopping all US-China flights completely to stop the virus spreading.
As Euro Weekly News understands, flights taking Britons back home could begin as early as tomorrow, Thursday, with UK citizens given details of forthcoming flights.
The death toll in the country has risen to 132, with confirmed infections escalating to nearly 6,000.